Learn to Kayak in Asheville!
"Jeff took me from a timid beginner, to a fearless whitewater kayaker with a confident roll! I am now on the river every chance I get!

-Zach Rinehart, Breckenridge CO

Saturdays, Learn the basics of Kayaking on Class I Section of the French Broad River.
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Sundays, Learn more difficult moves on Class II section of the French Broad River.
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Mon.-Fri. Personally tailored to meet your needs from beginner lesson to advanced play-boating moves.
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Beginner Class I
 Intermediate Class II
Private Lessons
   521 Amboy Road Asheville, NC 28806           Phone: 828-319-8188                       Email: JCizdziel@gmail.com
 The Asheville Kayaking School
Former Student, Zach Rinehart on Kayaker's Ledge, French Broad River
      Kayaking Classes, Kayaking Lessons, Kayak Rentals

Why Take Lessons?

There is great value in taking formal kayak lessons. People just love to tell others that they “taught themselves” to do this sport or that sport. That’s all good, but the fact remains that every elite athlete, from Venus & Serena Williams to Lance Armstrong to Tiger Woods takes THOUSANDS of lessons… and hmmmm… look where they are now? They are highly successful athletes. The moral of the story is that “Lessons Work!”

Also, even if you do not plan on Kayaking in the Olympics any time soon, these classes will teach you the skills needed to run the beautiful rivers in the area such as the French Broad, Nolichucky, Nantahala, and Green, in a SAFE and CONFIDENT manor to eliminate accidents and injuries.

Why The Asheville Kayaking School?

Located only 7 minutes form downtown Asheville, Sitting on the bank of the beautiful French Broad River, The Asheville Kayaking School is the perfect place to learn a new hobby!


Our school offers everything you are looking for from first -time boaters to learning advanced play-boating moves. The succession of Classes and Lessons are abbreviated below.

Kayaking Classes

Every weekend there are two classes offered the Beginner Class I, and the Intermediate Class II. These are offered separately or combined as an All-Weekend Class at a discounted rate. There is also river side camping offered for All-Weekend Classes.

Class I
This class offers all the basics of kayaking from getting into your boat, to practicing your roll. This class is from 11:30am to 3:30pm on Saturdays.

Class II
This class is designed for students who have completed Class I, and want to learn what it takes to move from calm water to whitewater. This class meets from 11:30am to 3:30pm on Sundays.

Kayaking Lessons

Kayaking lessons are offered Monday-Friday each week on a personally tailored level. The average lesson is from 4-6 hours but can be accommodating to meet almost any schedule. Lessons are hand designed for you to learn exactly what you want to work on.

Kayak Lesson
During your kayak lesson we will be paddling the gentle Section 4 of the French Broad River. During your paddle the instructor will fully evaluate your paddling ability, then explain and demonstrate strokes and techniques to work on then allow you to practice each stroke, all the while being video taped for further evaluation and instruction when your off the river.

Advanced Kayak Lesson
(Only Available to students who have completed Class I & Class II or who pass advanced paddling exam) During the advanced kayak lesson we now have the opportunity to leave campus and explore other rivers in the area such as the Upper Green, Section 9 of the French Broad, Nolichucky, Pigeon, and Nantahala .