Kayak Instruction

Becoming a solid whitewater kayaker is about learning good technique and confidence. We will help you improve- regardless of your skill level. Whether learning your fundamentals, perfecting your whitewater roll, honing creek boating skills or play boating technique, our hand-picked group of professional instructors will work with you to have more fun on the river.

​Time spent with us reflects on your commitment to becoming a better boater. Our classroom includes but is not limited to the Nantahala River, the Tuckasegee River, Little Tennessee, the Ocoee River, flat water work, as well as any number of free-flowing creeks that make the southeast such a playground for paddling.

White water kayak instruction- whether day one introduction, learning to roll, becoming a better boater, nailing down creek moves, slalom gates or freestyle – we are your coach and will help you become the paddler you want to be.

Kayak Instruction Options

Kayaking is about good technique and confidence. We will help you improve and that means more fun on the river! Time spent with us reflects on your commitment to becoming a better boater–regardless of your skill level. Choose your preferred coaching program below.

Private Instruction

It is all about you! With private instruction, it is like having your own personal coach. Private instruction is designed to fit your schedule — whether you have just one day or a full week.

With private instruction the focus is on you – with the instructor wanting exactly what you want: for you to learn and to improve. Our hand-picked group of instructors are able to adapt teaching techniques to accommodate your learning style and make sure you get the most out of your time.


The exception to our private instruction program is a set of kayak workshops for the paddlers looking to improve a specific skill, as well as custom workshops for special groups. If you have custom group needs, contact us to arrange dates and itineraries that will work for you.
Custom programs are available year-round.group instruction for intro kayaking, rolling, rescue and speciality courses.

Kid's Instruction

Our kids kayaking programs have an earned a reputation for combining fun with skill development. We offer our annual week-long kids camp, weekend sessions, and workshops for advanced training in instruction and the Ocoee. You can always choose between private instruction or participation in one of our scheduled kids camps — or a combination of the two.

Included in the cost of your trip

Friendly Professionals

A smile when you walk through the door from all of our full-time river professionals. One of our hand-picked kayak instructors will be your personal coach during your instruction time. We love sharing our passion for whitewater kayaking with you.

All Equipment

We provide the essential equipment you will need for the day. In addition to the five essentials needed to kayak (boat, sprayskirt, PFD, paddle & helmet) we also offer wetsuits and paddle jackets to assure your comfort on the water. The only items you will need are a pair of nose clips and some kind of shoes (sandals, water socks, etc.), as well as water and lunch to keep your energy going for the day.


Transportation of you, your instructor and all your equipment is included in the price of instruction. With private instruction, we offer a mileage discount to those who come equipped with a shuttle – ready vehicle. With private instruction, we can also meet you at a specific river if it saves travel time (this does not apply to beginning instruction).

Check our Plan Your Trip page for a link to waivers, directions to the river, and a trip prep checklist.

Make Your Reservation Today

We offer kayak instruction year round, seven days a week. Full day and half-day options are available. Call us at 828-488-6199 or reserve your trip specifics today. Please call with any questions you may have regarding instruction, as well as to reserve the dates that are best for you.

​Special Group rates and custom day itineraries are available. If you are the planner for special group, please call us for assistance with the logistics of your trip planning.

Payment Policy:
We ask that all reservations be paid in advance. Full payment is due 14 days before the trip. Payment may be made by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Our instruction courses go rain or shine! Cancellations more than 14 days in advance receive a 100% refund. Any reservation cancelled less than 14 days before the trip is ineligible for a refund.