Learning to guide a raft isn’t just for professionals. Get a taste of what pushing rubber is like in this introduction to raft guide school. Review skills such as guide positioning, basic strokes, and ferrying, complete with each participant guiding a lap down the Class III Wilderness Channel. The minimum age for this clinic is 16 years old.

This clinic requires a Tuck Fest race and competition registration, and includes a spot in the Guided Raft Race. Meet at the Kayak Center. This clinic is capped at 8 people, and is first come, first serve.

Thursday, April 25 – 4:00pm

Learn the basics of rock climbing in this introductory class. Participants will be equipped with knowledge on specialized climbing gear, how to minimize risk, correct belay technique, climbing terminology, and etiquette. Upon completion of the class, participants will be prepared for the Belay Certification Test, which once certified, allows increased access to the USNWC climbing area, roped climbs, and auto belays. Pricing: $20/person (includes Belay Test); please pre-register online.

Meet at the Climbing Center.

Thursday, April 25 – 4:00pm

Not a “certified bicycle technician” or in need of a refresher course? This demo will teach you how to fix a flat, general bike tune up steps, how to clean your steed, and more. Our friends at the Bike Source tent in Vendor Village will review the basics and will be available for questions. No prior riding experience is required.

Meet at the Bike Source Tent.

Thursday, April 25 – 5:00pm

Ayurveda is the science of living in balance with nature. In this workshop, you will learn about the 3 energy types or “doshas”. We will discuss how you can figure out which energy type is your dominant energy. With this information we will discuss how each dosha has specific types of activities they will be drawn to and which activities will help you to find more balance in mind, body and spirit. This lecture is fun and interactive and there will be time for Q&A session as well.

Meet in Conference Room D.

Thursday, April 25 – 6:30pm

Learn the differences in climbing disciplines, styles, necessary gear, as well as general climbing safety and etiquette in this informational clinic. No registration or prior climbing experience is required. Clinics are one hour long, free to participate in, and led by La Sportiva athlete and Deep Water Solo competitor Paige Claassen. Participants must be at least 45 pounds.

Meet at the Climbing Center.

Friday, April 26 – 11:00am

Dial in your technique for loops, cartwheels, and more in this Intermediate Freestyle Kayaking clinic. USNWC staff will cover skill building and essential techniques for freestyle. A solid roll and prior whitewater paddling experience is required. All guests must bring a PFD, helmet, skirt, and paddle, as well as wear closed toe shoes. Come prepared to be in the water. Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Friday, April 26 – 11:00am

Put down the GPS and pick up your map and compass as you learn all about the art of wayfinding. This clinic teaches the basics of orienteering, including an overview of map features and important symbols, parts of a compass, and how to effectively use both for navigation.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Friday, April 26 – 2:00pm

Sleeping in a car has become common practice for weekend warriors. Take notes from Luno Life on how to turn everyday vehicles into a car camping haven. At the end of the clinic, put new skills to the test in a challenge to win their complete car camping setup.

Meet in Deep Water Solo Vendor Village.

Friday, April 26 – 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Demo Pyranha Kayak‘s new FusionDuo tandem whitewater kayak, sharing the cockpit with a pro Pyranha athlete. Each tandem session will last 30 minutes, allowing for two splashy laps on either the Wilderness or Competition Channel. Signups will be available in the Kayak Center starting the morning of Friday, April 26 and cost $15. Previous whitewater experience and gear (paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet) required.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Friday, April 26 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, April 27 – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Chris Clark is a professional stunt cyclist who has competed around the world over the last decade, entertaining thousands at events like the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York’s Times Square Parade, and the Olympic Games. Chris’ show is a breathtaking display of balance and agility as he maneuvers his bike and body over custom built ramps and obstacles, displaying the skills he has acquired in his years of competitive experience.

Shows will take place next to the Raft Pavilion.

Friday, April 26 – 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturday, April 27 – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday, April 27 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Sunday, April 28 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sunday, April 28 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join Pioneer Springs Community School in helping to protect an important part of the ecosystem – bees. In this hands-on clinic, kids will make seed balls to grow habitats for pollinators. Seed balls help to strengthen local ecosystems and create more habitat for important pollinators. Open to kids ages 5-10.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Friday, April 26 – 5:00pm

Join La Sportiva athlete Jason Thienel for a beginner friendly group run. Touch on trail running basics to help take on any of the USNWC’s trails. No prior experience required.

Meet at the La Sportiva Tent in Vendor Village.

Friday, April 26 – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 28 – 11:00am

Join Thomas Turner, pro-rider for Jamis Bicycles, for a group trail ride. Turner is an accomplished cyclo-cross and enduro rider, having successfully competed in such notables as the El Reto Del Quetzal Stage Race in Guatemala (2nd); the Hero Cycles MTB Himalaya in Shimla, India (4th) and Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge in New Delhi, India (2nd).

Meet at Adventure Pavilion.

Friday, April 26 – 6:15pm

Join the community of female paddlers for a celebration of women in whitewater. Join Team Dagger member Adriene Levknecht and gain support in the whitewater community from fellow lady shredders. Previous whitewater experience, a solid roll, and gear (paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet) required. Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Saturday, April 27 – 10:00am

What should you do when you find a hurt animal? Learn about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and make a craft with Pioneer Springs Community School wildlife experts.  Open to kids 2nd to 8th grade.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Saturday, April 27 – 11:00am

Long boat racing is a discipline of its own in the world of whitewater. Learn tips and tricks for going fast from whitewater racing legends, Green Race champion/Liquidlogic athlete Pat Keller and USA Wildwater Team member/Pyranha athlete Chris Hipgrave. This clinic will focus on the technique behind paddling a long boat, as well as the mental and physical aspects of racing. After the clinic, put your newfound skills to the test in the Baker’s Dozen. Previous whitewater experience, a solid roll, and gear (paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet) required. Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Saturday, April 27 – 12:00pm

Looking for ways to downsize your pack? Join Rockgeist founder Greg Hardy to learn how to make various DIY camping stoves and accessories from materials you can find in your home. This clinic will include a discussion of various stoves, demonstrations, and information to take home to make your own stove.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Saturday, April 27 – 12:00pm

Bikepacking combines the freedom of multi-day, backcountry travel with the joys and thrills of riding a bike. In this introductory class, participants will learn about the materials, strategy, and gear crucial to any bikepacking adventure.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Saturday, April 27 – 1:00pm

This year’s Deep Water Solo athletes include World Champions, sponsored athletes, Ninja Warrior competitors, and dedicated athletes who have climbed and competed all over the world, from the hidden crags of Morocco to the iconic El Capitan. Join us for a meet and greet with the Deep Water Solo competitors where athletes will be available for photos, questions, and autographs at the Deep Water Solo wall. The event is free, and no RSVP is necessary.

Meet at Deep Water Solo.

Saturday, April 27 – 1:00pm

Join Chris Clark, professional stunt cyclist and Schwinn Pro rider, on the Slalom course for a mountain bike Jam Session. Take a group ride on the course as Chris shares valuable insight into cornering, braking and jumping techniques. This ride is open to all skill levels. Chris has competed around the world over the last decade, entertaining thousands at events like the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York’s Times Square Parade, and the Olympic Games.

Meet at the Slalom Course Trailhead.

Saturday, April 27 – 2:00pm

La Sportiva athlete Jason Thienel presents on his experience running the Bigfoot 200 Ultramarathon, and touches on tips and tricks for training and running Ultramarathons.

Meet in Conference Room D.

Saturday, April 27 – 3:00pm

Learn the basics of backcountry survival and preventative measures you can take for your next adventure during the Basic Wilderness Survival clinic. The USNWC Outdoor School staff will provide a brief overview of the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, fire craft, shelter building, and more.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Saturday, April 27 – 3:00pm

Strong fundamentals are the foundation for successful kayaking. In this clinic, review the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking such as correct strokes, eddy technique, timing, and more with a pro Liquidlogic athlete. Previous whitewater experience, a solid roll, and gear (paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet) required. Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Saturday, April 27 – 3:00pm

Foam rolling is a practice of releasing myofascial tension that develops over time during simple day-to-day activities, overwork, and more intense traumas. Learn the do’s and don’ts of foam rolling in a 1 hour workshop that explores musculoskeletal anatomy and different techniques for releasing pain. Please bring your own foam roller.

Meet at the Conference Room D.

Saturday, April 27 – 4:00pm

Learn about the native snakes of North Carolina, their adaptations, and why snakes are essential to the food chain. The program will include a live native snake demonstration and is great for the entire family to attend.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Saturday, April 27 – 4:00pm

Ready to explore beyond the USNWC? Hop on your road bike and head out on the Tour de Tuck, taking on 31 miles on rural backroads in and around Gaston County. Along the ride, cyclists will charge up Spencer Mountain and knock out a total of 400+ meters in elevation gain. Riders will be split into two groups, A and B. This ride is a drop ride; cue sheets will be provided.

Ride starts and finishes at the Outfitters. View the route here.

Sunday, April 28 – 8:00am

Discover what makes kayak fishing so popular in this land-based clinic lead by Tyler Smith, a Charlotte local and competitive fisherman for the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Kayak Fishing Team. Review skills such as how to select and outfit the right kayak for you, special considerations of kayak fishing, local information, safety, and pro-tips.

Meet at the Flatwater Dock.

Sunday, April 28 – 10:30am

Kayak Polo is a cross between water polo and basketball, a fast paced game played from the seat of a kayak. This sport hones paddlers turning and paddling skills, while combining the nimble, quick reactions needed for ball sports. Meet the local Carolina Kayak Polo Club and try your hand (or paddle). Equipment is provided, and all paddling skill levels and ages are welcome (proficient flatwater roll skills required). Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Sunday, April 28 – 11:00am – 2:00pm

Retro is back…the moves, the boats, and the facial hair. If your idea of a good time in a kayak involves staring at the sky or linking cartwheels effortlessly together, then come out and let Liquidlogic co-founder Shane Benedict show you a thing or two to put some style into your paddling. Previous whitewater experience, a solid roll, and gear (paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet) required. Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Sunday, April 28 – 12:00 pm

Learn about the planning and reality of taking on a thru-hiking trip. Experienced backpacker Ryan Berry will be sharing the lessons he learned from hiking both the AT and PCT. The clinic will cover everything from packing to safety to route setting and more.

Meet in Conference Room D.

Sunday, April 28 – 11:00am

Learn about tips and exercises to stop neck pain while mountain biking from Liz Koch, a doctor in physical therapy and avid mountain biker. Learn about the anatomy of your neck muscles and explore the best ways to keep neck tightness out of your riding.

Meet in Conference Room D.

Sunday, April 28 – 12:00 pm

A consistent boof is key to stepping up to more challenging lines and rivers. In this clinic, work on your boof with a pro Pyranha athlete, focusing on fundamentals such as stroke timing, stroke placement, and body positioning. Previous whitewater experience, a solid roll, and gear (paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet) required. Participants must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate.

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Sunday, April 28 – 1:00pm

Get coaching from Chris Clark, professional stunt cyclist, on foundational bike skills that translate into everyday mountain biking. This clinic will include review of skills such as the front touch, bunny hop, tech, and balance lines. Chris has competed around the world over the last decade, entertaining thousands at events like the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York’s Times Square Parade, and the Olympic Games.

Meet at the Raft Pavilion.

Sunday, April 28 – 1:30pm

Make art for adventurers. Join Pioneer Springs Community School and use bike parts to make unique crafts to take home.

Meet at the Adventure Pavilion.

Sunday, April 28 – 2:00pm

For all the young and aspiring whitewater rippers, this is an opportunity to paddle with Team Dagger member Malcom Smith, have fun, and get some pro tips. A great opportunity to meet other young paddlers, try some new lines or surf a new wave with a host of support around you. Participants should be able to roll or have attended one of the USNWC’s kayak camps, and must have a Day Pass, Single Activity Pass, or Annual Pass to participate..

Meet at the Kayak Center.

Sunday, April 28 – 3:30pm

The #TuckFest Photo Comp is open and available to anyone at Tuck Fest with a camera, video camera, or camera phone. Simply post a photo or short video (60 seconds or less) of a scene at Tuck Fest to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Make sure you use the hashtag #tuckfest and tag @usnwc in your post. The top three entries will be selected to win a USNWC prize pack. Entries must be posted by Sunday night (4/28) at 11:00pm to be entered to win. #TuckFest Photo Comp Winners will be selected the week after Tuck Fest.

Stop by the Luno Life photo booth in vendor village and snap a photo with your best friend, climbing partner, camping buddy or canine companion. The best photo will win a grand prize.

Takes place at the Luno Life booth in Deep Water Solo Vendor Village.