Kayak Instruction

Whitewater Clinics

Learning to kayak? A Whitewater Clinic is the place to start. Whether you are looking to get into a boat for the first time or brush up on you roll after the winter, we have a group clinic that will suit your needs. First time paddlers are encouraged to start with the Kayak Sampler. This course introduces you to the equipment used in whitewater kayaking, the fundamental skills, river reading, and basic self-rescue. After the Kayak Sampler, students can move on to the Kayak Roll clinic to begin mastering the essential skill of rolling. All kayaking specific equipment is provided by the Kayak Center.

Please register for all instructional programs at least 48 hours in advance.  Availability is limited and changes daily; booking in advance ensures the best opportunity to receive your time and date preference

Instructor ratio: 3 students to 1 instructor

Available dates:

  • Call 704.391.3900 ext. 195 to schedule

Ages: At least 10 years old

Price:

  • Kayak Sampler Clinic: $60/person
  • Kayak Roll Clinic: $50/person

Note: For paddler’s who are ready to commit to a 5-session package, the Introduction Package is recommended. This includes the Kayak Sampler Clinic, Kayak Roll Clinic, and 3 Kayak Lessons. (Price: $300)

Whitewater Lessons

Work one-on-one with our professional instruction staff to boost your skills and build confidence through better technique and refined fundamentals. Your instructor will use student centered teaching to help you identify and achieve you goals. Paddler development and assessment is tracked each lesson through the USNWC Kayak Center Instruction Levels, helping with goal setting and personal achievements. All kayaking specific equipment is provided by the Kayak Center.

Please register for all instructional programs at least 48 hours in advance.  Availability is limited and changes daily; booking in advance ensures the best opportunity to receive your time and date preference.

Instructor ratio: 1 student to 1 instructor

Available dates:

  • Call 704.391.3900 ext. 195 to schedule

Ages: At least 10 years old

Price: $80

Flatwater Lessons

Our one-on-one flatwater lessons are ideal for students looking to focus on specific skill areas or techniques. Our sit-on-top kayaks combined with the Catawba River provide a stable learning platform to refine your recreational kayaking skills. Take advantage of our professional instructors and learn to be more efficient and intentional with all strokes and maneuvers helping you spend less energy and more time out on the water. Your instructor will use student center teaching methods to help you achieve your goals. All kayaking specific equipment is provided by the Kayak Center.

Please register for all instructional programs at least 48 hours in advance.  Availability is limited and changes daily; booking in advance ensures the best opportunity to receive your time and date preference.

Instructor ratio: 1 student to 1 instructor

Available dates:

  • Call 704.391.3900 ext. 195 to schedule

Ages: At least 10 years old

Price: $60

Flatwater Clinics

Learn the basics of recreational flatwater kayaking, the most popular paddle sport on the Catawba River. Recreational kayaking is the ideal way to experience our natural lakes and waterways to relax, play, and take in nature at the USNWC. Whether you are cruising along on a relaxing paddle or out getting in a great low impact workout, the Catawba River is the ideal flatwater environment to learn and is the perfect setting for first-time to advanced paddlers. The flatwater clinic will introduce paddlers to proper stroke technique, boat control, on-water awareness, right-of-way, and self-rescue. All kayaking specific equipment is provided by the Kayak Center.

Please register for all instructional programs at least 48 hours in advance.  Availability is limited and changes daily; booking in advance ensures the best opportunity to receive your time and date preference.

Instructor ratio: 10 students to 1 instructor

Available dates:

  • Call 704.391.3900 ext. 195 to schedule

Ages: At least 10 years old

Price: $45/person