Kid's Kayak Instruction

Just For Kids Kayaking

Just for kids kayaking with kids kayak camp, weekend kids camps – all focused on having fun and learning to kayak. 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.

Our kids kayaking programs have earned a reputation for combining fun with skill development.

    Who are the kids kayaking programs for?

    EVERYONE! Or at least everyone – between the ages of seven (7) and fifteen (15). We hand-pick the groups to ensure compatibility of ages and work with mentoring between our veteran kids paddlers and new paddlers to the program.

    The focus of our program is to combine fun and learning. Our goal is to create responsible paddlers that have the skill, as well as a better know-how of safety, decision making and team work. Note: There are no parent tag-a-longs please!

    Choose Your Interest Below To Learn More

    Annual Kid’s Week Kayak Camp

    This is a highlight of the season for beginning paddlers and veteran kids camp paddlers alike! Our program is flexible. Chose from as few as one day in a session to consecutive sessions.

    Each session is $130/day. This includes equipment, lunch and transportation.
    The sessions are divided up into three days/skill level.
    You may use dates from two levels if a “warm up” is needed.
    First timers in the beginner session must do the first day of the 3-day session.

    Regardless of the session, this is an opportunity to paddle with a group of young boaters, away from parental oversight so that kids can be their own boater and learn how to take responsibility for themselves as kayakers. Our youth instruction is fun, but it is also serious instruction with the intent that kids come away better boaters and are excited about being on the river.

    FIRST SESSION: JUN 27-29, BEGINNER /ADVANCED BEGINNER

    Session One is for kids new to kayaking, and those who have done little to no kayaking in the past 12 months. The focus is to provide an introduction to new kayakers, while giving experienced paddlers who have not been in a boat since last summer a chance to rebuild their confidence and work on their skills.

    Day One: Review and Bring a Friend Day. We will begin on the lake, working on wet exits and strokes and technique. For experienced paddlers, this is a day to get back in a boat and feel good about where they left off.

    Day Two: Building confidence on Class II whitewater, with an emphasis on increasing comfort being upside down in moving water.

    ​Day Three: Class II whitewater with an emphasis on eddy catching and an introduction/review of the kayak roll.

    SECOND SESSION: JUNE 30-JULY 2, ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE

    Session Two is for boaters who have spent a season paddling, are comfortable on Class II and are ready to really work on the roll.

    ​Day One: Review of strokes, rolling and bow rescues. Time will be spent on both flat water and Class II

    Day Two: Improving river runner maneuvers on strong Class II whitewater, an introduction to river rescue and backing up fellow boaters on the river.

    Day Three: An introduction to the Nantahala with the option of working on rolling before hitting the river.

    THIRD SESSION: JULY 3-JULY 5, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    Session Three is for boaters who are paddling the Nantahala (or similar runs) – maybe not the Falls, and are looking to start paddling more Class III whitewater. An emphasis will be on making sure that everyone is comfortable with at least trying to roll in a combat situation.

    ​Day One: Working the Nantahala and Nantahala Falls

    Day Two: Option of either a day of Slalom and play boating or an introduction to the Ocoee.

    Day Three: Building confidence on Class III whitewater, with an emphasis on learning how to lead a group through rapids.

    Ocoee Kayak Boot Camp

    8 & & 9Has the Ocoee been your goal for this year? Let’s get you up to speed! This is a two-day boot camp for paddling the Ocoee.

    Day One is an intro to the Ocoee to get used to bigger water and rolling on the Ocoee.

    Day Two is all about taking on more of the river, working on water reading, and learning optional lines for future days on the Ocoee.

    Prerequisites: A whitewater roll, confident eddy catching, successful runs at Nantahala Falls

    Price: $300. Includes instructor, gear, transportation and a great kids lunch.The group will return to the Nantahala Gorge each evening for parent pick-up.

    Dates: July 18 & 19, August 8 & 9

    Eco-Splash Kids Camp

    Not all kids want to be in kayaks, but all kids should spend time outside. We have teamed up with Mainspring Conservation trust to offer an Ecosplash camp: with days split between the river (in kayak, ducky or raft) and youth environmental education: exploring the river eco systems with goggles and snorkels and lesson in nature.

    Each session is a 2-day camp from 9 AM – 4 PM. For kayakers, the river time will be in their kayak, but they will be sharing their time with others in duckys and rafts so everyone can spend time together. Please call for more information on this new program!

    Age: 8-12 (call for exceptions)

    Price: $300 per session.

    Dates: July 1-2, July 11-12, July 25-26, August 01-02

    Weekend Kayak Camp Workshops

    Have a group of 4+ kids who want to learn to paddle and/or increase their paddling skills?

    We can do custom workshops all summer long. Just call with what your kids want!

    BEGINNER SUMMER CAMPS

    July 11 & 12
    July 25 & 26
    August 8 & 9
    August 29 & 30

    The weekend will cover everything from wet exits, strokes, rolling, river maneuvers
    and some good old fashioned kid fun as well.

    Price for the 2-day weekend: $300
    This includes instruction, equipment, lunch, and transportation.

    BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE/INTERMEDIATE: 3 DAY LABOR DAY WEEKEND

    3 Day Labor Day Weekend Workshop
    September 05, 06 & 07

    What a great way to finish off the summer! A three-day workshop for kids. This will be orientated to strong beginner-intermediate/intermediate paddlers who have developed their whitewater skills and are looking to progress. The focus of the three day weekend will be rolling, moves that will help you become a Class III boater, river rescue work, leadership skills and more.

    In addition to the workshop, a First Aid/CPR class will be offered.

    Price: $390.00

    This includes instruction, equipment, lunch, and transportation.

    Have Your Own Dates in Mind for Kayaking This Summer?

    Every day all summer is kids’ day at Endless River Adventures.

    Don’t wait for specific camp dates if you have days that work best for the family. We can do instruction with the kids and/or with the whole family any/every day of the week! Learning something new, doing what you love to do, needing some personal hands-on attention when you want to do it – That is what private kayak instruction is all about!

    Included in the cost of your instruction

    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.

    Shuttle

    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
    828.488.6199

    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.