We supply students with all major equipment required for each course. This includes tents, tarps, sleeping bags and pads, cooking equipment, stuff sacks, backpacks, rafts, snorkel, scuba gear, and kayaks. Students should download course-specific packing lists to know what personal items to bring.

Some students may have personal speciality gear that they prefer to use instead of what we offer (e.g. advanced surf boards, scuba fins, custom fit backpacks). In these instances, we encourage them to bring this gear to ensure the best fit and comfort.

All equipment issued to students and their group must be returned in the same condition received, with consideration of normal wear and tear. Students are responsible for any equipment that is lost or damaged beyond normal wear and tear.


Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator. The sun is very intense at this latitude, especially for students coming from northern latitudes. Despite being a tropical country, many microclimates exist depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and other geographic factors.

Costa Rica’s seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period. The year can be split into two periods: the dry season, known locally as “summer” (December to April), and the rainy season, or “winter” (May to November). During the rainy season, clear mornings and rainy afternoons are common in most of the country, keeping the country’s tropical rainforests green and lush.