The kayaking program is quickly developing into one of the best high school programs in the country! Beginner kayakers build up their skills slowly on the campus lake and work their way onto class 2 and 3 rivers in the area. Experienced kayakers get to push their skills to another level. After reviewing basic technique and safety skills, students travel to some of the best whitewater rivers in the southeast, in three different states.
Season and weather depending, they visit local rivers two to three days a week. Weekends are for day trips and overnights to rivers like the Nantahala or the Ocoee (where the 1996 Olympic events were held). Rivers include the Tuckasegee, French Broad, Nolichucky, Pigeon, Wilson Creek, Green River, and more.