Team Building Rafting

Team building

Within the components of the “Adventure” as a tool for personal and group growth, Rafting can be the most effective tool to understand how a team should behave to achieve a common goal in a very challenging environment.

Some key aspects that Rafting can expose: leadership, anticipation of risks, alignment, communication, trust relationships, clear roles and responsibilities.

The process can focus on skills of High Performance Teams, own Organizational Competencies or values ​​defined in their organizational culture.

The program is designed for our consultant / facilitator to lead the team to identify opportunities to increase their effectiveness using direct experience as an information bank. Therefore, the program is structured as follows:

  • Enmarque:  Previous meeting to the Rafting activity. It is welcomed and some warm-up exercises are carried out (icebreaker) to awaken the enthusiasm and focus the attention of the team. Expectations are leveled by talking about the experience. An explanation of Adventure and Rafting is given as a scenario to discover and apply skills as a team. Some important concepts are explained as Comfort Zone, Challenge by Option, Controlled Risk, among others. With this, the team is ready and aware to start the exercise.
  • Rafting:  It is a tour in the Sarapiquí River with an approximate duration of 3 hours in a section with class II and III rapids, ideal for corporate programs because of its intensity and time of travel. Rafting is presented as a challenge for the team, this must be organized by raft in order to support and cooperate (as interdependent teams) to achieve the common goal, which is to descend by navigating the river to a final point, so safe and effective

At the entrance to the river, as well as during the descent, the teams must complete some tests such as:

  • Sprint: self-guided raft races.
  • Self rescue: intentionally dump the raft and recover it in the shortest possible time.
  • Passenger rescue: using the established security protocols.
  • Everybody a guide: everyone will have the opportunity to guide the raft during an established journey.
  • Scouting: we will stop before a quick to analyze it and decide the safest route to travel it.
  • Swimmer: Cross the river as a team and swim fast.
  • Feedback:  Gathered in a natural environment (open room or garden by the river), participants will have the opportunity to reflect and share the experience with the team. By sharing the moments of greatest impact (feelings and emotions), behaviors that were significant and important for the positive performance of the people and the team are identified. This feedback session is done through direct questions or conversation topics to the whole group, and in small group formation to encourage the participation of all.
  • Application to real life: Once these assertive behaviors are identified, the team is ready to propose ideas or change actions or adjustments in its dynamics as a real team. The result can be a bank of ideas (list of proposals without detail) or action plans with times, responsible, measurement and first tasks. Before closing the process, individual and collective commitments (as a team) are generated to give impulse and follow-up to the proposed ideas or actions.