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Family Whitewater Weekend

June 17, 2017 at 10:00 am - June 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Nantahala Racing Club youth paddlers

Family Whitewater Weekend


Dates: June 17 & 18
Time: 10 am
Cost: $10/person. All participants MUST pre-register.
Age: Saturday River Trip: 7 & up. Sunday slalom: 7-18

This family-friendly NRC Mini-Camp is designed to provide kids with a fun river experience, encourage participants to strengthen whitewater skills and confidence, and build a stronger group dynamic for young local paddlers. Sunday’s beginner-level slalom race introduces the idea of slalom as a fun, competitive outlet.

Program Details

Tuck Gorge River Run:

Saturday, June 17 – The group will paddle the Tuckaseegee River from Ela to Island Park. Families are encouraged to join us in kayaks or rafts. Cost is $10/person.


Sunday, June 18 – A beginner-friendly slalom race at Tuck Gates slalom course. Participants will get a practice run and 2 race runs each. Riverside free-time will follow the race. Slalom gates and technique are a great tool for building precision whitewater skills and are a fun, competitive aspect of kayaking.

Parents are encouraged to pack a lunch and join us after the race for a riverside picnic.

Pre-requisites: All youth participants must be NRC members. Kayakers must be comfortable performing a wet-exit and be willing to try new things in flat and moving water.* There are no pre-requisites for rafters. Parents who have their own kayak equipment are encouraged to join us as safety boats!

*Please consult with an NKC or ASK instructor about whether your child is ready to kayak, or would be better off in a raft. It is our goal to help everyone have a delightful experience, and that means not pushing kids too fast. 


Pre-registration: Please register by emailing Zuzana @ zuzanav@gmail.com
If your child needs to borrow equipment, please let Zuzana know in your email so that she can make arrangements. Please include your child’s hight/weight.

In addition to your small registration fee, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to NRC.

Camp Schedule

Saturday, June 17 Time Location
Welcome & Introductions 10 am Island Park
Rafting & Kayak River Run 11 am – 1 pm Tuckaseegee from Ela to Island Park
Sunday, June 18 Time Location
Competitor’s Meeting 10 am Event Tent @ Island Park
Warm-up & Practice 10:30 – 11 am Tuck Gates
Race Start 12 am Tuck Gates
Awards Ceremony 2 pm Event Tent
Picnic & Free Time 2:15 pm Event Tent
Wrap-up 3 pm Event Tent


Tuck Gates at Island Park:

The Tuck Gates slalom course is located at Island Park in Bryson City, NC.

Driving down Everett St. towards the RR Track, take a RIGHT onto Bryson St. Pass Joe & Kate’s Laundromat and continue straight to the dead-end. Park, and walk straight ahead over the bridge and towards the river. Please check in at the riverside event tent upon arrival.


June 17, 2017 at 10:00 am
June 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm


Nantahala Racing Club


Island Park
199 Bryson Street
Bryson CIty, NC 28713 United States
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