KAYAK BEGINNER CLINIC

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Our Beginner’s Clinic is great for someone who has some kayak experience and is looking to improve their basic skills and move up to the next level; all while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Sarapiqui River.

The Sarapiqui Outdoor Center has professional instructors certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and the National Learning Institute (INA), who are ready to give you a unique experience. 

Our 1-day kayak beginner’s clinic focuses on:

  • Improving students’ balance, posture and boat edging skills
  • Applying solid flatwater technique to Class II whitewater paddling
  • Gaining confidence with Class II eddy turns, peel outs and ferries
  • Eddy hopping and boat scouting down Class II rapids
  • Performing basic play moves such as wave and hole surfing on Class II whitewater and stern squirting on moving water
  • Using waves to cross currents
  • Depending on the group, we may also introduce rolling.

2-day kayak clinic:

In this kayaking clinic for advanced beginners, we teach and refine the techniques needed to paddle a kayak safely and confidently on class II Rivers. Before taking this kayaking clinic, you should have at least five to ten days previous whitewater kayaking experience. Whether your goal is to use class II as a stepping stone to kayaking more difficult whitewater or as a destination in itself, the skills taught in this class will serve you well. We work on refining your maneuvering skills, including eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, self-rescue and basic surfing. After a review of the basic strokes, including sweep strokes, forward strokes, draws, and braces, we introduce or improve upon your strokes and maneuvers such as the gliding draw, bracing and edging the kayak.

3-day kayak clinic:

In this 3-day kayaking clinic for advanced beginner kayakers, we teach and refine the kayaking techniques, tips, and skills needed to paddle a kayak safely and confidently on Class II river. Before taking this advanced beginner kayaking clinic, you should have at least five to ten days previous whitewater kayaking experience. Whether your goal is to use class II as a stepping stone to kayaking more difficult whitewater or as a destination in itself, the skills taught in this class will serve you well. We work on refining your maneuvering skills, including eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, self-rescue and basic surfing. After a review of the basic strokes, including sweep strokes, forward strokes, draws, and braces, we introduce or improve upon some advanced strokes and maneuvers such as the gliding draw, bracing and edging the kayak. Then we head out to whitewater where we work on fine tuning eddy turns, peel outs, and ferries, concentrating especially on entering micro-eddies, peeling out into fast current, and ferrying across difficult jets of water. We also introduce wave and hole surfing. On the third day we work on rolling, surfing, and refining class II techniques.


Length of Tour: 8 Hours

Tour Time: 8:30 AM

Tour is available all year round. 

Each day includes:

  • Kayak
  • Safety equipment (paddle, lifejacket, sprayskirt)
  • INA (National Learning Institute) and ACA (American Canoe Association) instructor
  • Transportation from our base to and from the paddling sites
  • Barbecue lunch
  • Tropical coconut cocktail
  • Self-Guided Botanical Tour

We recommend bringing:

• Swimsuit and/or shorts
• Sunscreen
• String or strap to secure your glasses
• Short or long pants (for sun protection only). No jeans.
• Water shoes or sandals with ankle straps. No flip flops. Closed-toe shoes recommended
• Light rain jacket and/or polypropylene, wool shirts for cool or rainy days. Cotton T-shirts for sunny days only (they make you colder when wet).

Transportation: We can pick up your group from your location. Ask us about pricing for transportation from the Sarapiqui area, San Jose (including the airport), Alajuela, or La Fortuna.

Please note: We require a minimum of 2 people to run a kayak clinic. If the requirement is not met, there will be an additional charge of 50% of the price for clinic to operate.


Guarantee your booking with a 20% deposit. Pay the remaining balance the day of the tour with cash or credit card.

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