Nantahala Kids Club

Spring Dates: Due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel NKC sessions this Spring, keep an eye out for Fall 2020 updates and registration!
Fall Dates: TBD, start in September

**If a session is cancelled due to extreme weather, it will not be rescheduled

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Time: 4 pm-6 pm
Cost: $50 for new members, multiple-child discounts available. $25 for existing NRC members.
Age: 7 to 14 (Kids 7 and under must contact us before signing up)

NKC is a six-week program designed to get kids active and engaged in the outdoors through introduction to paddle sports. The focus is on learning basic whitewater safety skills, and building a supportive community of strong, confident, healthy kids. Participants are encouraged to advance at their own pace, while coaches provide individualized instruction and lead group games and exercises.

Program Details

Skills: Participants learn basic kayak skills, beginning with learning how to get out of the boat, forward and turning strokes, and build familiarity with maneuvering a kayak in flat and moving water.
Prerequisites: No experience is necessary, beginner through intermediate ability levels are welcome.
Equipment: Equipment is included in the 6-week program
Discounts: $25 off for: each additional child and/or existing NRC members

Registration

Pre-registration: Online Registration Form
Registration closes:  April 7th for Spring Session. If you miss the pre-registration please contact nantahalaracingclub@gmail.com to check for additional availability.
Parent/Guardian:
All participants must submit an ACA Waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

Equipment

NRC has a full array of gear available for use by participants at no additional charge.
Equipment includes:

  • Boat (recreational and slalom boats available)
  • Paddle
  • PFD (commonly called a life jacket)
  • Helmet
  • Spray skirt
  • Paddle Jacket

Participants are responsible for providing their own swimming clothes, shoes, and thermal gear.

2020 Session Scheduling

Monday 1
Time Location
Welcome, Introductions & Orientation 4 pm Finger Lake
Dryland Games & Stretches 4 pm – 4:30 pm Finger Lake
Introduction to Flatwater 4:30 pm Finger Lake
Wrap-up & Pick-up 6 pm Finger Lake
Monday 2
Time Location
Welcome & Gear 4 pm Finger Lake
Dryland Games & Stretches 4 – 4:30 pm Finger Lake
Flatwater Session #2 4:30 pm Finger Lake
Wrap-up & Pick-up 6 pm Finger Lake
Monday 3
Time Location
Welcome & Gear 4 pm Little Tennessee Takeout
Introduction to Moving water 4:30 pm Little Tennessee River
Wrap-up & Pick-up 6 pm Little Tennessee Takeout
Monday 4
Time Location
Welcome & Gear 4 pm Little Tennessee Takeout
Moving water Session #2 4:30 pm Little Tennessee River
Wrap-up & Pick-up 6 pm Little Tennessee Takeout
Monday 5
Time Location
Welcome & Gear 4 pm Courthouse, Bryson City
Moving water Session #3 4:30 pm Tuckaseegee River
Wrap-up & Pick-up 6 pm Tuck through Town Takeout
Monday 6
Time Location
Welcome & Gear 4 pm Courthouse, Bryson City
Moving water Session #4 4:30 pm Tuckaseegee River
Wrap-up & Pizza Party! 6 pm Tuck through Town Takeout

**Location is subject to change based on water levels and is reported the morning of each session via the NKC Facebook page and participant email

Directions

Finger Lake – Take Hwy 74W leaving Bryson City, until you reach the junction of 28N, bearing right onto 28N. Once on 28N make a U turn at Watia Road (just across the Nantahala river bridge), Cross back over the Nantahala River and the finger lake will be on your right with the parking area just beyond it. (Can be found on Google Maps as: Fingerlake Day Use Area)

Little Tennessee Takeout – From the Hwy 74/28/Needmore Rd Junction, turn onto Needmore Rd. After approximately one mile, take a left following a sharp curve just as the road meets the river for the first time. Drive down a steep dirt drive to the parking area.

Courthouse, Bryson City – Take Bryson City exit 67 and turn into town on Veteran’s Blvd. Stay straight at the first light, then left across the bridge onto Slope St. Take the first right onto Mitchell St., and a right into the courthouse parking lot.

Tuck through Town Takeout – Directions coming soon!

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