Surfing and GoPro course

Puntarenas, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

7 days from
per person
£549

Holiday Itinerary

Unleash the creative within as you learn to capture breath-taking photos and videos with a GoPro camera and indulge your need for adrenaline while surfing the waves in this beautiful location for a holiday of a lifetime.

The rich colours and beauty of the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica make a perfect setting for a GoPro camera course. Your talented local guide will take you to breathtaking spots so that you can take home unique videos and photos to really be proud of.

Suitable for first time GoPro users to professionals looking to learn new techniques, this course can be tailored to your own personal level of experience. Your GoPro course is designed to give beginners a working knowledge of the elements of a GoPro camera and techniques including how to use different mounts, time lapse, speed ramping and dollies amongst others. You’ll also learn the basics of photo editing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, while the more advanced learn new techniques and the best way to apply these to your work.

Combine this GoPro course with surf lessons on some of the best surf beaches and you will really be immersing yourself in the local culture.

Costa Rica is home to some of the best surfing in the world and the areas of Jaco Beach and Hermosa are widely regarded as having the most consistent surf in the country. Enjoy a wide variety of breaks and plenty of un-crowded waves to take your skills to the next level on a surf and photography holiday with a difference.

Taught by highly qualified instructors who are passionate about surfing, you'll be glad you discovered this thrilling sport. Your instructors wait for the perfect surf conditions before beginning their surf lessons, so that you really get the most out of your time on the waves.

Suitable for complete beginners to surfing pros, beginners will be safely guided by the qualified surf instructors to learn the basics of standing, paddling and turning as well as many other key skills. More advanced surfers will be shown the perfect spots to catch the best waves by the dedicated instructors and enhance their existing skills in this addictive sport.

Accommodation is included in the popular student residence. The student residence is a great place to hang out with other students at the school and is just minutes from Jaco beach and the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Pursue your passion for photography and surfing on this learning holiday with a difference.


Suitability

- GoPro courses are also suitable for all from beginners to more advanced users
- Surfing lessons are suitable for all levels
- Must be able to swim
- Minimum age 18

Travelling Solo?
- Most people on these holidays travel solo as they make great singles holidays
- This school in Costa Rica is really social and the focus is on making friends, learning a new skill and most importantly, having fun!
- The school organises a host of social & cultural activities to help you get to know your classmates
- This holiday is perfect for solo travellers to meet like-minded students
- There is NO single supplement for solo travellers who are happy to share a room with another solo traveller of the same sex
- However, if you would prefer your own room, this can be booked for an additional supplement subject to availability


Surfing And GoPro Holiday Start Days
- Classes start on Mondays and run year round
- Your classes will take place Monday to Friday
- Accommodation is included in the price of this course, you'll check-in on the Sunday before the course starts and check out the Saturday after the course ends
- It’s not a problem if you’d like to extend your stay and this school offers longer duration courses – just email us at hello@golearnto.com and we’ll be happy to arrange a course to suit you
 

Surfing And GoPro Holiday Itinerary
Your classes will take place on Monday to Friday, and the exact times will be confirmed during your stay

GoPro photography
- You will have 10 hours of GoPro photography classes per week fitting in around your surf classes

Surfing Lessons
- Your surfing lessons fit around the tides and the best times to surf and are usually held at 4pm daily but this can change depending on the weather conditions
- Surfing classes last 2 hours per day depending on your fitness level and take place at the best surf points for the weather conditions
- All transportation to local surf spots is included
 

About Your Surfing And GoPro Instructors
- Your tutors are all fully qualified and are extremely passionate about their teaching
- Your tutors will teach in a fun and informal style with the aim to accelerate your learning to the next level
- Instructors aim to inspire and pass on their passion during your classes and will encourage and give confidence to you through their teaching
 

Who Are Our Guests
- Holidays are typically made up of international travellers looking to get more from their holiday
- Ages vary, but the typical customer falls in to the 20-40 age bracket though we have no age limit at all
- Over 80% of our guests travel solo
- Of course, everyone shares a passion or interest in discovering a new skill and culture
 

What Will I Learn?
GoPro
- You will learn techniques on how to choose your subject and capture the best shot
- Beginners will gain a working knowledge of the basic elements of a GoPro camera and find out about different shooting techniques, using various mounts, dollies and other accessories
- During your days in the studio, you will learn how to edit and enhance your shots using software such as Photoshop and Adobe light room
- More advanced level students will learn new techniques and the best way to apply these to your work
- During your days in the studio, you will learn how to edit your shots
- You will visit a number of different, inspiring locations to capture your images including the jungle, beaches, waterfalls, towns and more

Surfing
- Safety issues
- How to handle the board in the water
- Where to position yourself at sea
- How to clear the breaking zone and deal with white water
- How to stand and lie on the board
- Line up positioning
- How to paddle to catch the waves
- Techniques to clear the break point and surge to the crest of the wave


Equipment To Bring

- Please bring your own GoPro camera (with manual)
- If you don’t have your own GoPro camera, it’s possible to borrow a GoPro camera on site
- It is a good idea to bring an extra memory card, a back-up battery for your camera, and portable hard drive or blank DVDs for backing up your files
- All surfing equipment is included during your lessons and you can hire surf boards to practice in your own time if required


Accommodation
- During your course you'll stay in the popular student residence in or near the school grounds
- Prices are based on arrivals on the Sunday before your course starts and end on the Saturday morning after your course has finished

Student Residence
- Stay in the student residence with other language, surfing, yoga or photography students from the school
- The school has a residence in the school grounds meaning no commute and when this is full, you will be placed at a similar residence close by
- Residences are sociable, have a youthful feel and offer accommodation close to the school ideal for socialising and reaching the nearby beach, cafes, bars and restaurants
- If you are travelling solo, you can either can share a room with 1 other guest (of the same sex) and between you will have a private bathroom or if you are a solo traveller, you can book a private room for an extra supplement and note that these rooms sell out fast during peak season (December-March and May-August)
- If you are travelling with someone you can book a room to share with your friend
- Rooms are safe and clean and have air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, fridges and all students share a basic kitchen and communal areas

Home Stay
- What to experience local Costa Rican culture? Why not stay with a local family? This is great chance to immerse yourself in the culture, get to know the locals and even improve your Spanish
- If you would prefer your accommodation to be with a host family, please hello@golearnto.com for more information


Meals

- No meals are included in this package unless you choose the Home Stay option where breakfast and dinner are provided daily (email hello@golearnto.com for more information)
- The school has a fully equipped kitchen and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and grocery stores located just a short walk from the school for you to explore and eat out with your fellow students


Free Time In Costa Rica
- There is so much to see and do around the area of Jaco Beach
- You can choose to take a field trip kayaking and snorkelling along the coast and a waterfall hike to the 'Three Pools'
- A variety of marine life can be seen around the reefs including tropical fish, lobster, corals, and much more
- Other optional excursions through the school include visits to the Rainforest or a Crocodile River tour
- You will have plenty of time to kick back on the surf beaches and relax or practice your new found skills
- Just let the school know during your stay which activities you’d like to join and they will be happy to help you to organise your trip


Get more from your holiday, immerse yourself in the culture, learn to surf and take home your developed GoPro skills that will stay with you long after the holiday is over.