Whitewater Kayak Workshops

​Looking to Improve Specific Skills to improve your kayaking?

​Our kayak workshops are focused on helping you improve specialized skills on the river. From perfecting your roll to learning how to become a confident rescue boater on any level of whitewater. Check out the classes below to see which workshops are best for you.

We also offer custom workshops! You and your group share with the instructor what skills you want to learn and we build the workshop around you.

    The “Challenge” Kayak Workshops

    This series of workshops is a great progression to assure your paddling skills are “going with the flow”. Kayaking is a series of challenges for so much of the sport. And sometimes a particular river or just a rapid/move on a river can be the challenge! Join us for a one-day session where we plunge right into your specific challenge so we can help you find the solution.


    Pool roll? CHECK!

    100% River Roll… not quite yet.

    Why is the roll working so well in flat water, but not on the river? This is the session to work through the transition from flat water to moving water. A flat water roll is necessary for this session. And a great attitude for being upside down and enjoying it!


    Dates: Custom Dates Available


    Needing some encouragement at the Falls? Looking to start running new lines through the Falls? We will start the day off with a talk about what makes Nantahala Falls more challenging, then head out for a day of tweaking technique and working the Falls.

    Details: The workshop is open to everyone regardless of what skirt you wear! We do ask that you are comfortable running the Nantahala and have a roll that you at least feel confident trying – even if it does not always succeed at the Falls.

    Dates: August 14 and Custom Dates Available


    ​Ferrying at Entrance intimidating? Catching eddies through Broken Nose enough to make you sneak? Running Double Suck? Ferrying below Double Trouble? Or…playing at Hell Hole? Let’s do it!

    This workshop will not only help you stop going mental over something in particular, but will help you improve over-all river skills that will inherently make you a more confident boater.
    ​Dates: August 22, September 12, October 10


    Inspired by those we have paddled with – experienced paddlers who don’t need Day One basics, they need technique tuning. Focus is on strokes to make sure that you have not fallen into the trap of using the same strokes right or wrong, cleaning up eddy moves, fixing ferry issues, and reinforcing that roll on the river.

    Dates: Custom Dates Available


    Kayak-Based River Rescue

    ​Everything from rope throwing to snags and tags will be taught over a one-day workshop. Following a format of simple to complex skills, the group will spend the day practicing the river rescue essentials that every boater should know. Team led by ERA’s international kayak guides and instructors.

    Dates: Please call to make arrangements for this specialized workshop.

    Workshop Prices

    Workshops are $145 Per Person

    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.


    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.