After School Kayaking

NRC Afterschool Kayak participants enjoy a sunny day on the river

After School Kayaking

2021 Dates: May 4 – October 31 (Mondays during the school year, then Mondays and Wednesdays during summer)

Time: 4:15 pm – 6:15pm
Location: Nantahala Bridge Gates, Finger Lake, Tuckaseegee River at Island Park (TBD)
Cost: $100 programming fee + $100 equipment rental fee (if applicable)
Age: 10 – 18 years old

After School Kayaking is a 3-season program that teaches kids the FUNdamentals of whitewater kayaking. Participants meet weekly throughout the spring, summer, and fall, working on strokes, balance, and how to read the water. The primary goals are to have fun on the river and learn about whitewater safety. Secondary goals are to develop consistent exercise habits and build a base of skills and strength that will continue to grow with participants.

The group will meet at various locations over the course of the program, depending on participant skill levels and the day’s lesson plan.

Flatwater Focus Skills:

  • Wet exits & being comfortable in the boat
  • Hip snaps, braces, & rolls
  • Stroke technique: sweep, forward stroke, reverse sweep, reverse stroke, draw
  • Edging & boat control

Whitewater Focus Skills:

  • Safe self-rescue & recognizing river hazards
  • Entering and exiting eddies
  • Ferries, s-turns
  • Boat scouting & choosing a line
  • Building precision through FUNdamental slalom exercises


  • Participants must have participated in at least one Nantahala Kids Club session OR
  • Participants with prior paddling experience who have not completed an NKC session must be assessed and approved by the After School Kayaking coaching team.


  • Participants must be an NRC Member.
  • Participants are asked to commit to attending at least six sessions each monthof the summer. If you have scheduling conflicts, please contact our coordinator, Zuzana Montagne.


Please fill out this form AND call or text our After School Kayaking coordinator Zuzana Montagne to register.

If you are in need of financial assistance in order to participate in ASK, please fill out this scholarship application for our board to consider.

Call/text Zuzana at 828.421.9412