Sessions begin at Finger Lake, a gentle and intimate flat-water arm off Lake Fontana, and gradually move to beginner-friendly rivers such as the Tuckaseegee and Little Tennessee. Participants learn basic safety and navigation skills under the guidance of experienced professional instructors. The program also focuses on river stewardship, teamwork and building confidence.
The program is put on by the Nantahala Racing Club as part of the Young Rhinos Whitewater Development initiative, aimed engaging local families in healthy outdoor recreation and eliminating barriers to youth participation in whitewater sports.
“This program is an opportunity for kids to explore whitewater kayaking and decide if it is something they would like to pursue more seriously,” said Zuzana Montagne, Executive Director of Nantahala Racing Club. “Because all equipment is provided by our partners Nantahala Outdoor Center and Endless River Adventures, parents don’t need to make a costly initial investment to get their kids involved.”