Ocean Healing Group Adaptive Surfing

A note from our Adaptive Surfing Director
One of our biggest passions and focuses here at Shaka, was also to gear the hotel specifically to work with non-profits and bring wheelchair bound kids out with their families. Our thought was: Parents of a disabled child have always been the primary caregivers and in many cases have never been on vacation, and certainly never out of the U.S…. So our take on it, was to build a fully ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible retreat, where our coaches take on the kids (caregiving as well), teaching them how to surf, swim, play on the beach, go on nature rides, explore, ect… While the parents on the other hand, can relax, unwind and enjoy themselves, without having to worry about constantly supervising their child or taking care of the day to day routines associated with their special needs…This way, both the kids and the parents get to have a blast and enjoy all of the many great things Costa Rica has to offer!Christiaan Bailey, Adaptive & Special Needs Director, Shaka Beach RetreatShaka Beach Retreat teachs children and adults with disabilities how to surf. The camps are offered free of charge for selected non-profits to utilize. We offer the property fully staffed and professionally trained to handle a multitude of disabilities. We currently support & endorse the following organizations:

  • Life Rolls On
  • Challenge Aspen
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Surfers Healing Group
  • Friends of Bethany Hamilton
  • Wheels for Humanity
  • Paradox Sports
  • Association of Amputee Surfers
  • Ability First Sports Camp

How it Works: Once a non-profit decides to utilize the hotel as a resource, they contact us to reserve a week. We will prepare the hotel for the specific needs of the non-profit and provide caregiving, lodging, meals, surf instruction & specially designed equipment. The non-profit will provide all travel arrangements and additional staff if desired. Our staff is trained to work with the following disabilities:

  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Amputee
  • Autism
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy

We highly recommend any non profit interested in utilizing the hotel to send a scout out for a week to witness our capabilities.