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NOVICE KAYAK CLINIC - 4 Days

You don’t need be an expert to have a great kayak adventure. At the novice clinic you will improve your kayak skills in a safe and beautiful environment.

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. 


In the 1-day clinic you will learn the basics:

  • Choosing proper equipment and clothing 
  • Carrying a kayak 
  • Entering and exiting a kayak 
  • Proper body position 
  • Wet exit
  • Self-rescue
  • River safety

The 2-day clinic focuses on:

  • Essential flatwater strokes: forward, sweep, gliding, bow and stern draw, braces and maneuvers. 
  • Edging the kayak 
  • Eddy turns, peel outs, and ferries
  • River reading and identifying hazards
  • River running

The 3-day clinic spends more time on the previous skills and introduces:

  • Wave surfing
  • Rolling

The 4-day clinic gives you more practice time and by the end of the week, students can often:

  • Run Class II rapids with confidence and finesse
  • Play on Class II surf waves and holes with confidence 
  • Roll a kayak
  • Scout and run Class III rapids

Transportation: We can pick up your group from your location in the La Fortuna, Sarapiqui, or San Jose areas. More details here.

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.


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$100.00

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Each day includes:

  • Kayak
  • Safety equipment
  • INA (National Learning Institute) and ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructor
  • Transportation from SOC to the paddling sites
  • BBQ lunch by the river
  • Tropical fruit and coconut cocktail
  • Self-guided botanical tour
  • Free Sugar Cane Tour ( 1 day)

 8:30 AM

Tour is available all year round. 

Day 1
NOVICE KAYAK CLINIC

In the 1-day clinic you will learn the basics:

Choosing proper equipment and clothing 

Carrying a kayak 

Entering and exiting a kayak 

Proper body position 

Wet exit

Self-rescue

River safety

Day 2

The 2-day clinic focuses on: Essential flatwater strokes: forward, sweep, gliding, bow and stern draw, braces and maneuvers.  Edging the kayak  Eddy turns, peel outs, and ferries River reading and identifying hazards River running

Day 3

The 3-day clinic spends more time on the previous skills and introduces: Wave surfing Rolling

Day 4

The 4-day clinic gives you more practice time and by the end of the week, students can often: Run Class II rapids with confidence and finesse Play on Class II surf waves and holes with confidence  Roll a kayak Scout and run Class III rapids

8 Hours

4 Days

Beginners

• 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).

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Meet Our Team

  • David "Umbrella"
The sarapiqui river is  the largest and cleanest in the area, Historical Natural Monument of Costa Rica