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Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute

(423)641-0100|https://www.nolilearn.org

May 2021

Wilderness Survival – One Day Course

May 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$90

This fun one-day course familiarizes participants with many of the essential concepts of wilderness survival that will help you stack the odds in your favor including preparation, prevention, attitude, shelter, fire craft, craftmanship, water procurement, knot tying, aidless navigation and rescue signaling. The focus is on providing practical, real-world skills to use if lost or injured in a wilderness setting. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Intermediate Whitewater Kayak

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

Whether you’re a paddler wanting to increase your comfort on class 3 water or a solid class 3 boater looking to take it to the next level this one-day course will help you get there. Learn to paddle smarter and more confidently as you spend the day on one of the area’s class 3 rivers working on improving fundamentals, strokes, boat control and river running technique. Location: French Broad River Section 9 or Nolichucky River depending on levels and group  

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NOLI Campfire Dutch Oven Cooking

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$45

During this fun and informative workshop, learn about the history and current uses of cast iron and Dutch oven cookery, how to choose and care for a Dutch oven and, most importantly, how to use various ingredients to create delicious camp meals perfect for sharing.  Class will include a demonstration of how to cook a one pot meal, scrumptious cobblers and breads, and other delights. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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NOLI The Combat Roll

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$75

This class gives paddlers an opportunity to improve their combat roll technique in a safe, controlled and focused environment with a supportive instructor. Instruction will first be given on skills and techniques to improve your roll on flatwater, and then ample opportunity to practice in carefully selected locations in moving water that are conducive to safe learning as you move downriver. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on May 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on May 19, 2021 at 9:00 am

TN United States + Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on May 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on May 19, 2021 at 9:00 am

TN United States + Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on May 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on May 19, 2021 at 9:00 am

TN United States + Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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ACA Swiftwater Rescue Refresher

May 21 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

If you’ve already taken a Swiftwater Rescue Course (ACA L4 or equivalent) and want to review and practice the skills that you previously learned without committing to the full course again then this one-day refresher is an excellent option. Topics include accident prevention, non-technical and technical rescues, scene management and a variety of other practical techniques and applications that will help keep you and others safe. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Location: USA…

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ACA Advanced Swiftwater Rescue: Downriver Scenarios

May 22 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

During the ACA Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Downriver Scenarios Course your instructor will lead you through a brief skills recap followed by a day on the water during which you will paddle into simulated rescue scenarios as you work your way downriver. This class is a natural progression from your previous training and one of the best ways to further improve your ability to effectively lead rescues when seconds count. Location: Nolichucky River or French Broad River

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on May 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

Our core class for first-timers and those new to whitewater, the two-day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking while providing more detail and greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. We will then take it to the water and over the next two days you will have ample time to practice the fundamentals, strokes and river maneuvers that will help you safely enjoy and gain proficiency on the class 1-2 section…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

May 22 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake, one of Northeast Tennessee's most spectacular waterways. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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ACA Advanced Swiftwater Rescue: Advanced Techniques

May 23 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

If you’ve already taken a Swiftwater Rescue Course (ACA L4 or equivalent) and want to learn more technical skills to add to your rescue bag of tricks this is the course for you! During our ACA Level 5 Advanced Techniques Course advanced ropework is the theme of the day as you will learn how to use more complicated techniques such as advanced mechanical advantage, zip lines, V lowers, Telfer lowers, and vertical rescues. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II),…

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

May 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on May 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

Our core class for first-timers and those new to whitewater, the two-day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking while providing more detail and greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. We will then take it to the water and over the next two days you will have ample time to practice the fundamentals, strokes and river maneuvers that will help you safely enjoy and gain proficiency on the class 1-2 section…

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Hammock Camping & Tarpology

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Campground at Blackberry Blossom, 250 Blackberry Blossom Ln
Unicoi, TN 37692 United States
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$45

Join hammock camping regular Debbie Briscoe as she teaches you all you need to know to join the growing ranks of those who choose to camp above the ground! You'll learn about the most up-to-date materials, designs and brands, as well as how to properly outfit and hang your rig for maximal portability and comfort. Location: Class will be held at the Campground at Blackberry Blossom, 250 Blackberry Blossom Ln, Unicoi, TN.

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The Kayak Roll

May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$75

Whether you want to learn to roll for the first time or improve an existing roll this 2-hour class will help you build the proper technique and confidence to hit your roll when it counts. Class is taught in a calm cove in the river. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on May 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$525

If you want to learn how to teach whitewater kayaking, while improving your own paddling, an ACA kayak instructor class is the way to go.  Instructor classes review and polish fundamental paddling skills for instructor candidates, as well as present methods to teach new kayak students and improve skills of more experienced kayakers. NOLI is offering one level four kayak instructor class in 2021, led by ACA ITE Robin Pope and instructor Scott Fisher.  Courses are 5 days in length…

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Flatwater Kayak Instructional

May 28 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

Join one of our instructors for a half-day instructional paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. The Flatwater Kayak Instructional goes into greater detail on the boats, equipment, fundamentals, strokes, safety considerations and boat handling techniques that will help both those with no experience who are interested in getting into the sport and more experienced paddlers interested in taking their paddling to the next level. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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Wilderness First Aid Course

May 29 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on May 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$175

With ASHI Wilderness First Aid training, first aid providers in a wilderness setting will be better prepared to respond when faced with limited resources, longer times to care for someone, and decisions about when and how fast to evacuate an ill or injured person. This 16-hour course covers wilderness and remote first aid from a basic understanding of emergency response in an outdoor setting to specific techniques and considerations for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. Location: NOLI Outpost at…

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ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on May 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$525

If you want to learn how to teach whitewater kayaking, while improving your own paddling, an ACA kayak instructor class is the way to go.  Instructor classes review and polish fundamental paddling skills for instructor candidates, as well as present methods to teach new kayak students and improve skills of more experienced kayakers. NOLI is offering one level four kayak instructor class in 2021, led by ACA ITE Robin Pope and instructor Scott Fisher.  Courses are 5 days in length…

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Beginner Whitewater Canoeing

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$225

Our core whitewater class, this two-day course gives participants a full introduction to whitewater canoeing and provides greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors you will spend the morning of the first day learning about boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to a boat, life jacket (PFD), helmet and paddle. We will then take it to the water and over the next two days you…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

May 29 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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CPR & AED

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$40

Our ASHI CPR & AED course teaches participants how to recognize cardiac arrest, activate emergency medical services and respond appropriately until additional assistance arrives. It also covers how to respond to urgent choking situations. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here. We can also come to your group's location if within 100 miles. Contact us for more information.

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ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on May 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$525

If you want to learn how to teach whitewater kayaking, while improving your own paddling, an ACA kayak instructor class is the way to go.  Instructor classes review and polish fundamental paddling skills for instructor candidates, as well as present methods to teach new kayak students and improve skills of more experienced kayakers. NOLI is offering one level four kayak instructor class in 2021, led by ACA ITE Robin Pope and instructor Scott Fisher.  Courses are 5 days in length…

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Beginner Whitewater Canoeing

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

Our core whitewater class, this two-day course gives participants a full introduction to whitewater canoeing and provides greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors you will spend the morning of the first day learning about boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to a boat, life jacket (PFD), helmet and paddle. We will then take it to the water and over the next two days you…

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Wilderness First Aid Course

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$175

With ASHI Wilderness First Aid training, first aid providers in a wilderness setting will be better prepared to respond when faced with limited resources, longer times to care for someone, and decisions about when and how fast to evacuate an ill or injured person. This 16-hour course covers wilderness and remote first aid from a basic understanding of emergency response in an outdoor setting to specific techniques and considerations for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. Location: NOLI Outpost at…

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June 2021

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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Free

Each year, Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops reach 10s of thousands of people with minimum impact skills and ethics. These entry-level, Leave No Trace courses are typically one to three hours long, but can be up to a full day in length. They can be tailored to educators, youth, college students, scouts, outdoor professionals or anyone with an interest in learning more about Leave No Trace practices. Location: USA Raft, Erwin, TN. Directions can be found here. We may also be able…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

June 4 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Intro to Whitewater Kayak

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

This one-day course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors. Upon arriving you will be introduced to the boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to one of our top-of-the-line whitewater kayaks, life jackets (PFD), helmets, paddles and spraykskirts. We will then take it to the water to practice the fundamentals, strokes and river maneuvers. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN –…

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Map Reading & Compass 1

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$90

Wilderness navigation skills will greatly enrich your experience by giving you the confidence to successfully head into the backcountry and return home safely. Join former Army Infantry officer Scott Fisher learning the increasingly rare art of how to read a topo map and use a compass to successfully navigate in the wild. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

June 5 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Map Reading & Compass 2

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$90

If you've already taken our Map & Compass 1 course and want to further develop your wilderness navigation skills this is the class for you. Wilderness navigation takes practice and with this class you will not only learn additional skills in the classroom but will get to apply them more broadly in the field. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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The Combat Roll

June 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$75

Do you have a pretty good pool roll but an iffy river roll? This class gives paddlers an opportunity to improve their combat roll technique in a safe, controlled and focused environment with a supportive instructor. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here  

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Novice Whitewater Kayak

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

If you already have some experience in a whitewater kayak and want to spend more time developing the fundamentals, strokes and river moves that will help you become more comfortable on moving water then our one-day Novice Whitewater Kayak Class is the class for you! Your instructor will start where you are in your paddling progression and build from there so that you can safely achieve your goals and more confidently enjoy your time on the river. Location: USA Raft & Lower…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

June 18 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on June 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

If you've ever thought how fun it might be to whitewater kayak and want a comprehensive introduction this is the course for you! Our core class for first-timers and those new to whitewater, the two-day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking while providing more detail and greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

If you've ever thought how fun it might be to whitewater kayak and want a comprehensive introduction this is the course for you! Our core class for first-timers and those new to whitewater, the two-day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking while providing more detail and greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Water Safety Awareness for Kids & Families

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$35

We believe that water safety is best learned early so we have designed a kid-friendly class aimed at providing them with the basics so that they know both what to look out for and what to do if they find themselves in trouble. Tailored to kids and families who spend time in and around water, this half-day course covers ways everyone can safely enjoy their day while doing their favorite activity. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN

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The Kayak Roll

June 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$75

Course Overview: Whether you want to learn to roll for the first time or improve an existing roll this 2-hour class will help you build the proper technique and confidence to hit your roll when it counts. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Whitewater Canoe Immersive

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater canoeing as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Flatwater Safety & Rescue for Paddlers

June 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

The 7-hour Flatwater Safety & Rescue for Paddlers Course covers a wide range of topics that will help flat water and open water boaters be safe while paddling on lakes and oceans. Participants learn recognition and avoidance of common hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers requiring assistance. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN

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Whitewater Canoe Immersive

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater canoeing as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

Find out more »

Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

June 26 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Whitewater Canoe Immersive

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater canoeing as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Intermediate Whitewater Kayak

June 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

Whether you’re a paddler wanting to increase your comfort on class 3 water or a solid class 3 boater looking to take it to the next level this one-day course will help you get there. Learn to paddle smarter and more confidently as you spend the day on one of the area’s class 3 rivers working on improving fundamentals, strokes, boat control and river running technique. Location: French Broad River Section 9 or Nolichucky River depending on levels and group

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

June 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 2, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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July 2021

Whitewater Kayak Immersive

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 2, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

July 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 2, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Flatwater Kayak Instructional

July 2 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

Join one of our instructors for a half-day instructional paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Structured similarly to our Flatwater Kayak Fun Day, the Flatwater Kayak Instructional goes into greater detail on the boats, equipment, fundamentals, strokes, safety considerations and boat handling techniques that will help both those with no experience who are interested in getting into the sport and more experienced paddlers interested in taking their paddling to the next level. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

July 3 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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ACA Level 3 River Safety & Rescue Instructor Course

July 9 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on July 10, 2021 at 8:30 am

One event on July 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$325

The ACA River Safety and Rescue Instructor Course (Level 3) will help you get there by training you how to teach recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress.  Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments and pins, also are taught. Location: Lower Nolichucky River/USA Raft, 2 Jones…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

July 9 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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ACA Level 3 River Safety & Rescue Instructor Course

July 10 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on July 10, 2021 at 8:30 am

One event on July 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

The ACA River Safety and Rescue Instructor Course (Level 3) will help you get there by training you how to teach recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress.  Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments and pins, also are taught. Location: Lower Nolichucky River/USA Raft, 2 Jones…

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Intro to Whitewater Kayak

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$125

If you've ever wondered how fun it might be to whitewater kayak this is your chance to find out! This one-day course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here  

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ACA Level 3 River Safety & Rescue Instructor Course

July 11 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on July 10, 2021 at 8:30 am

One event on July 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

The ACA River Safety and Rescue Instructor Course (Level 3) will help you get there by training you how to teach recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress.  Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments and pins, also are taught. Location: Lower Nolichucky River/USA Raft, 2 Jones…

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The Kayak Roll

July 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$75

Whether you want to learn to roll for the first time or improve an existing roll this 2-hour class will help you build the proper technique and confidence to hit your roll when it counts. Class is taught in a calm cove in the river. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Wilderness First Aid Course

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$175

Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment.  With ASHI Wilderness First Aid training, first aid providers in a wilderness setting will be better prepared to respond when faced with limited resources, longer times to care for someone, and decisions about when and how fast to evacuate an ill or injured person. This 16-hour course covers wilderness and remote first aid from a basic understanding of emergency response in an outdoor setting to specific…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

July 16 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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CPR & AED

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$40

Our ASHI CPR & AED course teaches participants how to recognize cardiac arrest, activate emergency medical services and respond appropriately until additional assistance arrives. It also covers how to respond to urgent choking situations. An excellent choice for the community, workplace and outdoor setting, this training is an important life skill that will provide the peace-of-mind to handle an emergency when care is needed and seconds count. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here. We…

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Beginner Whitewater Canoeing

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$225

Our core whitewater class, this two-day course gives participants a full introduction to whitewater canoeing and provides greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors you will spend the morning of the first day learning about boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to a boat, life jacket (PFD), helmet and paddle. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Girl Scout Paddling

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$25

In this Senior badge activity Girl Scouts will be exposed to kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding under the guidance of ACA certified instructors from the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI). This activity is open to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, although only Seniors may receive badge credit. Location: Watauga Lake. We will meet at Watauga Point Rec Area located on US 321/TN 67 near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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Wilderness First Aid Course

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$175

Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment.  With ASHI Wilderness First Aid training, first aid providers in a wilderness setting will be better prepared to respond when faced with limited resources, longer times to care for someone, and decisions about when and how fast to evacuate an ill or injured person. This 16-hour course covers wilderness and remote first aid from a basic understanding of emergency response in an outdoor setting to specific…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Intro to Whitewater Kayak

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$125

This one-day course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors. Upon arriving you will be introduced to the boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to one of our top-of-the-line whitewater kayaks, life jackets (PFD), helmets, paddles and sprayskirts. We will then take it to the water to practice the fundamentals, strokes and river maneuvers that will help you safely enjoy a mild whitewater river trip…

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Intermediate Whitewater Canoe

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

Whether you’re a paddler wanting to increase your comfort on class 3 water or a solid class 3 boater looking to take it to the next level this one-day course will help you get there. Learn to paddle smarter and more confidently as you spend the day on one of the area’s class 3 rivers working on improving fundamentals, strokes, boat control and river running technique. Location: French Broad River Section 9 or Nolichucky River depending on levels and group  

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Flatwater Safety & Rescue for Paddlers

July 24 @ 9:30 am
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

The 7-hour Flatwater Safety & Rescue for Paddlers Course covers a wide range of topics that will help flat water and open water boaters be safe while paddling on lakes and oceans. Participants learn recognition and avoidance of common hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers requiring assistance. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN

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Flatwater Kayak Instructional

July 30 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

Join one of our instructors for a half-day instructional paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Structured similarly to our Flatwater Kayak Fun Day, the Flatwater Kayak Instructional goes into greater detail on the boats, equipment, fundamentals, strokes, safety considerations and boat handling techniques that will help both those with no experience who are interested in getting into the sport and more experienced paddlers interested in taking their paddling to the next level. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

July 31 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Wilderness Survival – One Day Course

July 31 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$90

This fun one-day course familiarizes participants with many of the essential concepts of wilderness survival that will help you stack the odds in your favor including preparation, prevention, attitude, shelter, firecraft, craftmanship, water procurement, knot tying, aidless navigation and rescue signaling. The focus is on providing practical, real-world skills to use if lost or injured in a wilderness setting. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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August 2021

Knots for the Outdoors

August 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$45

This comprehensive 3-hour class covers everything from what makes a good knot to how to tie a variety of knots correctly and proficiently. Better yet, you will get to apply them in a variety of real-world applications to reinforce what you learn, something often lacking in less comprehensive classes. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here  

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The Combat Roll

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$75

This class gives paddlers an opportunity to improve their combat roll technique in a safe, controlled and focused environment with a supportive instructor. Instruction will first be given on skills and techniques to improve your roll on flatwater, and then ample opportunity to practice in carefully selected locations in moving water that are conducive to safe learning as you move downriver. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

August 6 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue

August 7 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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One event on August 8, 2021 at 8:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$175

The intensive 2-day ACA Level 4 Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course covers a wide range of topics that will help both recreational users and professional rescuers learn the skills necessary to conduct and lead a rescue on moving water. Topics include accident prevention, non-technical and technical rescues, scene management and a variety of other practical techniques and applications that will help keep you and others safe. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

August 7 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake.  Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue

August 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 8, 2021 at 8:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$175

The intensive 2-day ACA Level 4 Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course covers a wide range of topics that will help both recreational users and professional rescuers learn the skills necessary to conduct and lead a rescue on moving water. Topics include accident prevention, non-technical and technical rescues, scene management and a variety of other practical techniques and applications that will help keep you and others safe. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Intermediate Whitewater Kayak

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$125

Whether you’re a paddler wanting to increase your comfort on class 3 water or a solid class 3 boater looking to take it to the next level this one-day course will help you get there. Learn to paddle smarter and more confidently as you spend the day on one of the area’s class 3 rivers working on improving fundamentals, strokes, boat control and river running technique. Location: French Broad River Section 9 or Nolichucky River depending on levels and group

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 11, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 11, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Whitewater Kayak Immersive

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 11, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$325

Spend 3 days immersing yourself in the joy of whitewater kayaking as you work with an instructor to take your paddling to the next level on one or more of the region’s beautiful rivers. River selection and skills covered are tailored to the ability and interests of the participants. Location: Varies. Options include the Nolichucky, French Broad, the Toe and other rivers in Northeast TN and Western NC

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

Our core class for first-timers and those new to whitewater, the two-day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking while providing more detail and greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Map Reading & Compass 1

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$90

Join former Army Infantry officer Scott Fisher learning the increasingly rare art of how to read a topo map and use a compass to successfully navigate in the wild. he first part of this comprehensive and fun hands-on class will be spent at our riverside outpost learning how to read and use a map and compass before progressing to terrain association, navigational techniques and route selection. After completing the classroom and hands-on exercises we will move to a trail close by in…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

August 14 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

August 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2021 at 9:00 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$225

Our core class for first-timers and those new to whitewater, the two-day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking while providing more detail and greater opportunity for skill development than our one-day class. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Map Reading & Compass 2

August 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$90

If you've already taken our Map & Compass 1 course and want to further develop your wilderness navigation skills this is the class for you. Building on the foundation you developed during the one-day course this class will focus largely on route planning and terrain association where participants get ample opportunity to practice their skills both on and off-trail and become increasingly proficient in understanding their surroundings, pinpointing their location and navigating to their destination. Location: NOLI Outpost at USA Raft, Erwin,…

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The Kayak Roll

August 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$75

Whether you want to learn to roll for the first time or improve an existing roll this 2-hour class will help you build the proper technique and confidence to hit your roll when it counts. Class is taught in a calm cove in the river. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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ACA Swiftwater Rescue Refresher

August 20 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

If you’ve already taken a Swiftwater Rescue Course (ACA L4 or equivalent) and want to review and practice the skills that you previously learned without committing to the full course again then this one-day refresher is an excellent option. One of our ACA certified Swiftwater Rescue instructors will lead a review all the major topics with an emphasis on the more technical skills that are easily lost when not practiced regularly. Topics include accident prevention, non-technical and technical rescues, scene…

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Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

August 20 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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ACA Advanced Swiftwater Rescue: Downriver Scenarios

August 21 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

During the ACA Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Downriver Scenarios Course your instructor will lead you through a brief skills recap followed by a day on the water during which you will paddle into simulated rescue scenarios as you work your way downriver. It it intentionally set up like a regular river trip so as to capture the essence and real-world dynamic of paddling into a rescue scene and having to take timely and competent action. This class is a…

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Intro to Whitewater Canoe

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$125

If you've ever wondered how fun it might be to whitewater kayak this is your chance to find out! This one-day course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater canoeing under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors. Upon arriving you will be introduced to the boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to a boat, life jacket (PFD), paddle and helmet. We will then take it to the water to practice the fundamentals, strokes…

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Novice Whitewater Canoe

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
$125

If you already have some experience in a whitewater canoe and want to spend more time developing the fundamentals, strokes and river moves that will help you become more comfortable on moving water then our one-day Novice Whitewater Canoe Class is the class for you! Your instructor will start where you are in your paddling progression and build from there so that you can safely achieve your goals and more confidently enjoy your time on the river. Location: USA Raft & Lower…

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Flatwater Safety & Rescue for Paddlers

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

The 7-hour Flatwater Safety & Rescue for Paddlers Course covers a wide range of topics that will help flat water and open water boaters be safe while paddling on lakes and oceans. Participants learn recognition and avoidance of common hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers requiring assistance. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN

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ACA Advanced Swiftwater Rescue: Advanced Techniques

August 22 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

During our ACA Level 5 Advanced Techniques Course advanced ropework is the theme of the day as you will learn how to use more complicated techniques such as advanced mechanical advantage, zip lines, V lowers, Telfer lowers, and vertical rescues. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Novice Whitewater Kayak

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

If you already have some experience in a whitewater kayak and want to spend more time developing the fundamentals, strokes and river moves that will help you become more comfortable on moving water then our one-day Novice Whitewater Kayak Class is the class for you! Your instructor will start where you are in your paddling progression and build from there so that you can safely achieve your goals and more confidently enjoy your time on the river. Location: USA Raft &…

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Flatwater Kayak Instructional

August 27 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$75

Join one of our instructors for a half-day instructional paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Structured similarly to our Flatwater Kayak Fun Day, the Flatwater Kayak Instructional goes into greater detail on the boats, equipment, fundamentals, strokes, safety considerations and boat handling techniques that will help both those with no experience who are interested in getting into the sport and more experienced paddlers interested in taking their paddling to the next level. Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near…

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Intro to Whitewater Kayak

August 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$125

This one-day course allows participants to experience the thrill of whitewater kayaking under the guidance of one of our exceptional instructors. Upon arriving you will be introduced to the boats, equipment and safety considerations and will be properly outfitted to one of our top-of-the-line whitewater kayaks, life jackets (PFD), helmets, paddles and spraykskirts. Location: USA Raft & Lower Nolichucky River (class I-II), Erwin, TN – Directions can be found here

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Kayak Camping 101 Workshop

August 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$45

Join kayak instructor and kayak camping regular Debbie Briscoe on the banks of Watauga Lake reviewing what gear you'll need, how to pack it, keep it dry and make it all fit. She will also provide useful tips on how to eat in style by learning the best way to prepare, transport and cook delicious camp meals with ease. Bring some friends and join in the fun! Location: Watauga Point Recreation Area near Hampton, TN. Directions can be found here.

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September 2021

Flatwater Kayak Fun Day

September 3 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Watauga Point Recreation Area Hampton, TN 37658 United States + Google Map
$65

Join one of our instructors for a half-day paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. Upon arriving you will be greeted by your instructor who will give you an overview of the day, a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, and a safety briefing. You will then be fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle and make your way to the water's edge, where your instructor will make sure you are comfortable…

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Wilderness Survival – Two Day Course

September 4 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on September 5, 2021 at 8:30 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
+ Google Map
$175

This comprehensive and fun two-day course goes into greater detail on the essential concepts of wilderness survival that will help you stack the odds in your favor including preparation, prevention, attitude, shelter, firecraft, craftmanship, water procurement, knot tying, aidless navigation and rescue signaling. The focus is on providing practical, real-world skills to use if lost or injured in a wilderness setting. Our two-day class provides participants with significantly more time to practice and gain proficiency in hands-on skills such as shelter building,…

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Campfire Dutch Oven Cooking

September 4 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$45

During this fun and informative workshop, learn about the history and current uses of cast iron and Dutch oven cookery, how to choose and care for a Dutch oven and, most importantly, how to use various ingredients to create delicious camp meals perfect for sharing.  Class will include a demonstration of how to cook a one pot meal, scrumptious cobblers and breads, and other delights. Cap off the day with a group meal (included in cost) and you have the…

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Wilderness Survival – Two Day Course

September 5 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on September 5, 2021 at 8:30 am

USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$175

This comprehensive and fun two-day course goes into greater detail on the essential concepts of wilderness survival that will help you stack the odds in your favor including preparation, prevention, attitude, shelter, firecraft, craftmanship, water procurement, knot tying, aidless navigation and rescue signaling. The focus is on providing practical, real-world skills to use if lost or injured in a wilderness setting. Our two-day class provides participants with significantly more time to practice and gain proficiency in hands-on skills such as shelter building,…

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Intermediate Whitewater Kayak

September 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
USA Raft Adventure Resort, 2 Jones Branch Rd.
Erwin, TN 37650 United States
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$125

Whether you’re a paddler wanting to increase your comfort on class 3 water or a solid class 3 boater looking to take it to the next level this one-day course will help you get there. Learn to paddle smarter and more confidently as you spend the day on one of the area’s class 3 rivers working on improving fundamentals, strokes, boat control and river running technique. Location: French Broad River Section 9 or Nolichucky River depending on levels and group

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