BEGINNER CLINIC

BEGINNER CLINIC

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. 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.

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 the 2-day kayak clinic, 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. We also introduce wave and hole surfing. On the third day we work on rolling, surfing, and refining class II techniques.


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 per day

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

20% Deposit

$100 per day

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
  • Free Sugar Cane Tour ( 1 Day)

8:30 AM

Tour is available all year round. 

Day 1

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.

Day 2

2-day kayak clinic: In the 2-day kayak clinic, 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.

Day 3

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. We also introduce wave and hole surfing. On the third day we work on rolling, surfing, and refining class II techniques.

 8 Hours

3 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).

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • On property botanical garden
  • Learning talk
  • Certified & Bilingual

Meet Our Team

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