KAYAK BEGGINER’S CLINIC

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Sarapiqui Outdoor Center is committed to give the best kayak experience to visitors. Our professional instructors created the following kayak clinics to improve your kayak skills and have a great and unforgettable adventure in Costa Rica.

Our 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.

Two days 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.

Three days 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 Rivers. 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.

Each day includes:

Kayak, safety equipment, INA and ACA  instructor, barbeque lunch, transportation from SOC to and from the paddling sites, tropical coconut cocktail.

Tour is available all year round. Tour starts at 08:30AM. Tour duration is 8 Hours.

THIS TOUR ALSO INCLUDES A SELF GUIDED BOTANICAL TOUR!

River Kayaking tours require a minimum of 2 people to start. If the requirement is not met, there will be an additional charge of 50% of the tour price for tour to operate.

We recommend bringing:

• Swimsuit and/or shorts.
• Sun cream.
• 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.
• 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).

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