NOC Whitewater Rafting - Volunteer

08/04/2024 01:30 PM - 06:00 PM ET


Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 U.S. Hwy 19
Bryson City, NC 28713


Adaptive Whitewater Rafting Experience with Catalyst Sports

Hosted by: Nantahala Outdoor Center

About the Trip

Catalyst Sports is partnering with Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for an Adaptive Whitewater Raft Trip. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. 


NOC will be providing all needed gear and professional guides for the trip. 

Join Catalyst Sports for an exhilarating Adaptive Whitewater Rafting Experience on the Nantahala River. We invite our adaptive athletes to bring a family member or friend, or come solo and paddle hard with our awesome volunteers.


Dry Land Training:

Dry Land Training:
- Date: ***July 25***

(Note:  6/20 Dry Land training was cancelled)
- 6:30pm at Charles D Owen Park in Asheville - 875 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa

Dry Land Training will be held on July 25 at 6:30pm Charles D Owen Park in Asheville (875 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa). Participants will have an opportunity to try on the gear and volunteers and staff will be on hand to outfit the rafts to fit individuals specific needs. Attendance is required. If you are unable to attend the dry land training date, please contact to discuss potential alternatives. 


Rafting Day Details:
- Who: Adaptive Athletes, family members/companions, and volunteers
- What: Adaptive whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River
- When: August 4, 2024, from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM
- Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 U.S. Hwy 19, Bryson City, NC 28713

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting in a supportive and inclusive environment. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or new to the sport, this adventure promises to be an unforgettable experience!

Please reach out to with questions

Age: The trip is open to participants ages 7 and up who meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria. Youth under 18 must have an adult caregiver/companion attend for the duration of the trip. 

ACA Essential Eligibility Criteria for Adaptive Kayaking

  • Paddler should be able to breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)

  • Paddler can maintain sealed airway passages while under water

  • Paddler can hold head upright without neck / head support

  • Paddler can manage personal care independently or with assistance from a companion

  • Paddler can manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance

  • Paddler can follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance from a companion

-  Volunteers should be comfortable in moving water