As the premier adventure-based education program in the world, Outward Bound offers a variety of training opportunities for students who seek to enhance their knowledge and abilities in the outdoors. Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we have designed specialty programs that offer in-depth training in outdoor leadership development, group and risk management, and wilderness safety. We partner with leading outdoor education organizations to offer certifications that are recognized internationally.
Learn about the many training opportunities we offer here in Costa Rica and Panama:
TRAINING THROUGH OUR GAP YEAR & SEMESTER PROGRAMS
All of our gap year and semester programs offer elements of both technical and holistic educational training. Visit our Gap Year & Semester page for more information on each course to decide which is the best experience for you.
Learn about the following professional development trainings offered through our gap year and semester courses:
Professional Outdoor Certifications
- Wilderness First Responder (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
- CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Safety and Health Institute)
- Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International)
- Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level (Rescue 3 International)
- Whitewater Raft Guide License Class I-II or III (International Rafting Federation)
- Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
- Lifeguarding or Waterfront Lifeguarding (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
- First Aid and CPR for Lifeguards and Professional Rescuers (American Safety and Health Institute)
- Wilderness Advanced First Aid (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
Outward Bound Training
- Instructor Judgment Training (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
- Land Instructor Training (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
Join us for our professional development program: the Outdoor Leader Semester, a course which offers a thorough introduction into the outdoor industry and what it means to be an educator with Outward Bound. With training in seven internationally-recognized certifications, this course will prepare you to work not only within Outward Bound’s global network, but for various other outdoor education or wilderness therapy organizations throughout the world.
We also offer opportunities for groups interested in pursuing outdoor leadership and certifications. These custom courses allow you to design a course specifically to meet your training objectives and can include any of the aforementioned training and certification courses.
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For over 70 years, Outward Bound worldwide has provided high impact, life skill, and leadership development adventures. We are the industry leader in identifying risk and managing risk in wilderness areas. Risk is part of everyday life, but with our exceptional risk management systems and well-trained professional staff, we continue to be the industry leader.LEARN MORE »
HEALTH & MEDICATIONS
We only require an up to date tetanus vaccination for course participation. There are no required inoculations to enter Costa Rica, but, we encourage students to check with their physician for recommendations of optional inoculations and health precautions. Most young people in normal health and physical condition can successfully complete an Outward Bound Costa Rica course.LEARN MORE »
FOOD, WATER & SPECIAL DIETS
We are able to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose intolerance and nut allergies. In most areas of Costa Rica, it safe to drink water directly from the tap. While on course, students are directed to safe water sources by their instructors. Some students opt to treat all water during international travel.LEARN MORE »
We have compiled comprehensive packing lists for each course, which are listed under the course description and also emailed to a student once he/she has enrolled. A common misconception about Costa Rica is that it is always hot. Many course regions are almost one mile above sea level, where it can get quite chilly at night. Students will likely encounter rain showers while on course, even during Costa Rica’s dry season.LEARN MORE »
TUITION & FEES
Tuition includes all room and board, technical gear, course activities, and in-country transportation. Airfare to/from Costa Rica is not included in the listed tuition cost, nor are personal supplies and equipment (including surfboards for advanced surfers).
We accept tuition payments by credit card, check, or wire transfer. Full payment is due 30 days prior to course start.LEARN MORE »
TRAVELING TO COSTA RICA
Students must book travel dates to coincide with the start and end dates listed for their course session(s) and fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (Airport Code: SJO). We recommend scheduling an arrival time prior to 2pm as course activities usually begin early the following day.
Our staff welcome students upon arrival. We use our own private transportation to shuttle to and from the airport on arrival and departure days.LEARN MORE »