Family Whitewater Weekend

Dates: May 28 – 29, 2016nrc_register_button
Time: Meet at 10 am
Age: 18 and under
Cost: $30

The NRC Whitewater Weekend gives kids a chance to sample freestyle, slalom, and wildwater, build whitewater skills and make friends with other young paddlers. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop and use new skills in a fun, supportive environment. Parents are encouraged to paddle with group, and off-the water activities get non-paddler family-members involved as well.

Program Details

Skills: Participants build key river-running skills such as balance, stroke technique, surfing, speed and stroke drills.
Slalom: Slalom gates and technique are used both as a learning tool for building precision whitewater skills and as a fun, competitive aspect of kayaking.
Wildwater: Participants learn to pick a fast line through a rapid, and navigate around obstacles without losing speed or veering off-course. Also, try out one of those crazy wildwater boats!
Prerequisites: Must have prior paddling experience, including a confident wet-exit. Willing to try new things in flat and moving water. A whitewater roll is a plus but is not required.


Pre-registration: Online Registration Form.
Not included: Lodging, food, and Sunday’s race entry are not included in the registration fee. If your child needs to borrow equipment, please email to inquire.

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

Camp Schedule

Saturday, May 28th Time Location
Welcome, Introductions & Orientation 9:30 am Nantahala Bridge Gates
Flatwater Session 10 am – 12 pm Below Big Wesser
Group Lunch & Free Time 12:30 – 2 pm Event Tent
Whitewater Session 2 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Adventure Dash (included in cost) 4:30 pm Big Wesser BBQ
Sunday, May 29th Time Location
Competitor Check-in 10 – 11 am Event Tent
Course-walk with NRC Mini-Camp Coaches 11:30 am Nantahala Bridge Gate
Slalom Race Start 12 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Wildwater Race Start 3 pm Below Nantahala Falls
Awards Ceremony 4 pm Event Tent
Mini-Camp Wrap-up 4:15 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates


Nantahala Bridge Gates – The Nantahala Bridge Gates are located on the NOC campus. Directly after crossing the bridge onto NOC property River Left, turn left towards the main parking lot, then left again into the small parking lot just upstream of the roadbridge. This is the meeting/staging area. Click for PDF Directions.

Interested in growing your whitewater skills, looking for a friendly community of fellow paddlers, or possibly exploring the world of whitewater competition? Join Us!