"The level of organization, leadership and value is unparalleled in this region.  The experience gained is hands-down top-notch...the real deal'"

~Eric M.

"Incredible class.  I appreciate you all.  I learned so much."

~Patrice R.

"Thanks again for an incredible weekend. I had a great time and feel like I gained a lot from the experience. "

~Nicolas M.

"I really enjoyed the flat water class. I learned some new paddling strokes! Debbie was a great teacher. Thanks so much."

~Donna B.

"Big thanks for once again dedicating time to pass on some important lessons with Swift Water Rescue! What an excellent weekend with great people, good weather, and fun times!"

~Jeremy G.

"Thanks for the excellent training that I received yesterday during the Introductory to Whitewater Kayaking! The course was very beneficial, as well as a lot of fun too! Looking forward to taking additional kayaking related courses again in the near future!"

~Dave I.


"Enjoyed and learned a lot!! Thanks Jerry!! Absolutely no nonsense straightforward valuable information! NOLI is the best!"

~Glenda S..

"Thank you for all you do. I've been through many classes in my life but I have to say this one is in the top three. So much knowledge to be shared."

~Jerry S.

"The survival training course was fantastic! My son and I learned so much valuable information. I feel all people would benefit from this class."

~Regina B.

"Very knowledgeable instructors with tons of real life experience. Would highly recommend NOLI for swiftwater courses!"

~Charles M.

"Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute is an incredible and vital asset to our region. We are blessed to have this treasure-trove of classes, events and skilled instructors in our midst. The Novice Class is invaluable to the newer kayaker. Moves were explained and demonstrated in and out of the water - at a pace appropriate for each student. River reading tips were given (and very much appreciated). Time on the river was very helpful, informative and a blast!!"

~Joy H.

"My intermediate whitewater kayak class with NOLI was excellent. My instructor was extremely knowledgeable and thorough. I would strongly recommend NOLI for whitewater kayakers of all levels who are looking for instruction. If you don't believe me take a class with NOLI."

~Todd R.

"What a wonderful service to the area! What a fantastic instructor! NOLI fills the need for quality outdoor instruction in northeast Tennessee - whitewater and flatwater kayaking, wilderness first aid, survival skills, enjoying art in nature. I am so happy that you are here, and will take more courses in the future."

~Michelle D. 

"NOLI’s variety of class offerings never ceases to amaze me! I’ve taken whitewater kayaking and swiftwater classes with NOLI before and am now so excited to see some art classes thrown in the mix. The intro to pottery class was fantastic! The class size ensured each student got individual instruction and assistance from the instructor. Kerry did a wonderful job explaining the basic techniques and showed us how we could build our skills to make more complex pieces. Not to mention the quaint, river setting made for such a peaceful atmosphere!"

~Andrea G.

"Had a great time and learned tons! Fun and relaxed atmosphere with perfect class size :)" 

~Monica M.

"What a wonderful day! I learned so much and Scott took the FEAR out of learning whitewater kayaking. Scott was a patient teacher and he easily adapted the lesson to my (very) beginner skill level. I hope to take more classes at the NOLI Institute and encourage everyone to check out this wonderful asset to our river community!"

~Nikki H.

"I had a great day with Viki! She was able to pinpoint several places where I can make improvements and was very encouraging and fun to work with!!"

~Jenni H.

"Amazing weekend on the Nolichucky learning the ropes of Swift water rescue! I am completely worn out and my mind is swirling with all the new Information but it was a great time with new and old friends! Highly recommend NOLI for any outdoor class. Top notch instructors, classroom material and information, and great stories!"

~ Rebecca T.

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