Kids Outdoors

Give Your Kids Outdoor Vacations, not Toys

Our kids camps are just the outdoor vacations your kids need! Our kids camps are more than just kayaking.  They’re about socializing with other kids, learning to look out for your fellow river mates, learning river rescue skills, and enjoying the simple things in...

We Are All About Kids!

Professional river staff follow the same rule they preach to the folks they share river time with:  you do not teach those you love to kayak – particularly your own children.  The rules are simple: Allow your kids to love kayaking for themselves, not for you Avoid...

NRC Adding Youth Paddling Programs

The Nantahala Race Club (NRC) is committed to increasing youth participation in slalom, freestyle - and just kayaking in general.  This year will bring in a whole new set of programs for slalom, freestyle and recreational boaters to enjoy. This spring will bring in...

My Daughter’s First Combat Roll

Shared by Todd McGinnis (aka: proud father) Well while y’all were styl’n the Upper Ocoee and the Gauley I got to spend an awesome weekend with Olivia on the Nanty as she took part in the slalom Clinic with the Nantahala Racing Club. This is a great clinic and is the...

Zoe Ross: A 15-year old kayaking with big dreams

TeamZoe! If you have not heard of young kayaker Zoe Ross yet–you may in the future.  She is a 15 year old girl from Athens,TN who fell in love with whitewater kayaking.  Her 9th grade year, Zoe had the opportunity to attend the New River Academy (NRA).  NRA is a co-ed...

Expectations for paddling with Kids

Do not prep for a day of paddling with your kids the same you would with your friends. Keep the river time short, anticipate worst-case scenarios, prepare for a change of heart, and leave the expectations behind.   Anticipate that kids get: Hungry Cold Tired...

When Kayaking is not scary: my trip down the Middle Haw

by Greta Durbin On a beautiful sunny November afternoon, my mom asked, “Greta, do you want to run the Middle Haw this weekend?” I gulped, “Yeah, sure.” The Middle Haw? No sweat, right? I’ve done the Tuck, the Nanty and the Lower Pigeon. No problem. But you know what?...

Young River Rats on the Grand Canyon

There are no two Grand Canyon trips alike. Whether on the river for six days or three weeks….few people experience the Grand Canyon without going home with dreams about the next time to get back -- whether possibly as soon as the following year, or many years later. ...

Doing the Grand Canyon Kids Style

There are no two Grand Canyon trips alike. Whether on the Canyon for six days or three weeks….few people experience a trip without going home with dreams about the next time to get back to the Canyon–that next time possibly being the following year, or many years...

Heading Home with your Own Kayak

by Jacob Walker We are always impressed by young paddlers who work hard to help buy their own equipment. Kayaking is a big investment at the front end–but one that earns its rewards many times over once you have all your gear.   We met Jacob, his sisters, and mom...

The “challenge” of the Camp Cup Challenge

The 4th annual Camp Cup Challenge brought 100+ campers from summer camps all over western North Carolina. And for the fourth year in a row it was a wild success!!! In fact, the Challenge is such an awesome concept that the format has spread to create other...

Kids and Kayaking

There have been all sorts of kids and kayaking events happening this summer.  Our ERA KIDS KAYAK BLOG  is a great place to check it all out!!

The Young Guns of the Nantahala River

  We’d like to introduce you to some of the young guns of the Nantahala Gorge – our up-and-coming super stars Sam Ovett- age 20, Rowan Stuart, age 15, and Max Ovett, age 17.  All three are part of Team ERA – and we are proud of what they are doing as boaters and...