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Let the team building begin in Santa Cruz

Courtesy Santa Cruz County CVC

With the ocean, beaches, mountains and redwoods on its doorstep, the options for group recreation and team-building activities in Santa Cruz, Calif., are as diverse as the landscape.

• Ropes courses and zip lines are great team-building tools, and Santa Cruz has several options. Chaminade Resort and Spa contracts with Synergy Learning Systems to lead team building on its high-ropes challenge course, a combination of ropes course, zip line, rock-climbing wall and balance pole. Mount Hermon’s two-hour guided redwood canopy tours include six zip lines and two sky bridges that reach heights of 150 feet. Kennolyn also has a ropes course.


• How about a sandcastle build-off for a group activity? Sand sculptor Kirk Rademaker’s company, Sand Guys, challenges teams to re-create company logos with sand, among other team-building options. Big names like Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo are among Sand Guys’ clientele. No word yet on their sand-sculpting skills.


• Through different percussion instruments, Jim Greiner’s Hands-On! Drumming audibly demonstrates the different qualities team members bring to the group. Corporate drumming sessions can be held on the beach or in a conference room.


• Pacific Yachting and Sailing splits up larger groups into smaller teams of six to eight people per yacht during a three-hour sailing regatta. Skippers on each boat instruct the team on sailing basics and lead the yachts in a race.


• Group or private surf lessons for people of all skill levels are the specialty of Club Ed, the Santa Cruz surfing camp run by Ed Guzman.


• Learn to stand-up paddleboard in the serene waters of Santa Cruz Harbor through Covewater Paddle Surf Shop.