I'm a 43 yr old highly experienced canoe and sea kayak paddler from Atlanta. I've always wanted to do some ww kayaking. After shopping around I picked ERA for my first 2 day clinic on June 17th. I went alone for a 1 on 1 instructional with high expectations for personal goals. Pelle was my instructor throughout and I liked him quite a bit. He was extremely thorough in teaching me the technical aspects of various paddle techniques and with his help, I exceeded my expectations and was able to complete unassisted Eskimo rolls on the first morning. We spent the morning in a nearby lake and moved on to the Tuckaseegee River in the afternoon to apply my new knowledge. It was an excellent first day with good gauging by Pelle of what was prudent for my skill level. The next day we worked on technique again in the lake and hit the Nantahala. This was my goal run and I knew the falls were at the end. We practiced techniques all the way down and hit some great spots. He introduced me to wave surfing in a very low commitment spot that allowed me to get the feel of it quickly without being freaked out. At the end of the day we got out and observed the falls so that I could decide whether or not to attempt it. Pelle was professional in suggesting that perhaps I should put in more time before attempting it, but I was determined to do it. His explanation of the line we would take and the techniques I needed to use (and perhaps some beginners luck) allowed me to blast out of the bottom hole in sheer disbelief of having made it. It was the perfect ending of two high quality days. I got back to Atlanta and told a couple of buddies. Within hours they agreed to go back with me and do two days in which the three of us would repeat the process. This time we got Adam and he was also great. He took my friends through the steps I had learned while challenging me to improve my rolls and assist in teaching my friends. His style was different than Pelle's in teaching roll technique and it was also effective. I benefited from the contrast of instructional styles. While on the river, Adam took proper care of my less experienced friends while challenging me to try chutes, surf larger waves and "run safety" in assisting on spills etc. I took a more challenging line through the falls this time (by my own choice) and I made it - barely! After 4 days in two different trips I feel like I have a solid understanding of ww kayaking and have acquired considerable skills and confidence to take it further while improving technique. I'm shopping creek boats and thinking about my next trip. Endless River Adventures is at the top of their game in my opinion. They are not so big that they have quality control issues and it seems like a company much like my own in which quality always takes precedence over quantity. That's a hard choice to make as a business owner because we'd all like to increase revenues - but we also want to maintain integrity and pride in our operations by being the best. I got that vibe from ERA and I highly recommend them. I'm also considering some fly fishing as I understand the owner does quite a bit of that as well. Book your trip. GO FOR IT!