Certifications & Insurance

At Del Mar, we take pride in assuring that we have taken all the necessary measures to keep you safe.  We are the first and only Certified Surf School through the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).  We are also the only surf school with our Sustainability Certification.

We employ some of the best surfers in Costa Rica.  Each instructor is certified in CPR, First Aid and Water Rescue.  Each Del Mar Surf Camp assigns no more than two students per instructor to ensure proper surf instruction and safety.

Recognized by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) & received Declaratoria Turistica Certification 
Sustainability Certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT)
INS, Costa Rican National Insurance
Registered Costa Rican Surf Camp and Travel Agency


Del Mar Surf Camp abides by the World Tourism Organization’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism - we take great measures to play a positive role in how our business impacts Costa Rica.

When booking a vacation with Del Mar, you’re contributing to both your well-being and to the well-being of our home, Costa Rica!  Your investment supports a native-owned and operated business that:

• contributes to the economic prosperity of Costa Rica by employing locals whenever possible, by living here year-round and by paying taxes

• works to minimize any negative impact on the environment, and maximize our clients’ understanding of Costa Rica’s natural resources and beauty

• intentionally exposes tourists to Costa Rica’s cultural heritage and provides you with an authentic experience.


The Concept of Sustainability

The development of sustainable tourism must be seen as the balanced interaction between the use of our natural and cultural resources, the improvement of the quality of life among the local communities, and the economic success of the industry, which also contributes to national development. Sustainable tourism is not only a response to demand, but also an imperative condition to successfully compete now and in the future. (Definition of Sustainable Tourism, CST, 1997)

Sustainability, as a model of development, seeks to meet the current demands of society without compromising the rights of future generations to meet theirs. That is to say, the development of the country cannot be based on the unbalanced exploitation of resources (natural, cultural, social, etc.) to meet the demands of society (food, housing, health, employment) because these are the only resources we have, and that future generations have, to meet our and their own needs.

Certification for Sustainable Tourism

The CST's fundamental purpose is to make sustainability a practical and necessary reality within the context of the country's competitiveness in tourism, while looking to improve the way that natural and social resources are used, encourage the active participation of local communities and provide a new source of competitiveness within the business sector.

What is 100% responsible tourism?

  • It is the type of tourism that the country needs.
  • It is efficient operations that promote conservation and efficient use of resources.
  • It is tourism that is committed to the community and its needs, seeking dedication and solutions for the environment.
  • It is the certification of all tourism businesses that must be dedicated to carrying out conservation measures and handling risks to nature appropriately.