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Jaco, Hey, just wanted to let you know, I really had a positive experience working with all of you. It's a tough job, perhaps more challenging than many whitewater jobs I've done, and it is more worthwhile. Thanks for all of your hard work. It isn't easy to build a solid team of many diverse, strong personalities that is as healthy and happy as the WP team. Well done. In the past, I've noticed the tendency for many folks in the industry to be overly critical of their performance during their season. I'm glad WP celebrates the many successes we've had, in addition to finding ways to be an even better company. What attracted me initially to WP was the employment web page that said something like "success as a leader in the industry is dependent upon the strength of our staff, and it is inherent in our mission to create an atmosphere where all employees feel respected and valued." I certainly think that is true. Thanks for making it fun again. This season was a huge turnaround for me (it really is a big deal, just ask my wife).

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Team Wet Planet

What do a classical pianist, a ballet dancer, a Dutch model, a member of the British junior table tennis team, a computer programmer, and a Princeton graduate all have in common?

They are all now professional whitewater guides for Wet Planet.

We are a group of motivated, educated, and energetic individuals who have come together to share a passion for whitewater and river travel. We are also the most experienced and highly trained staff in the region...period!

Combined, we have commercial whitewater rafting and kayaking experience in eight countries and on over 100 sections of river, have been the first to descend rivers or explore mountains around the globe, have led expeditions further north than the Arctic Circle and as far south as the remote regions of Patagonia, and can do it all in five different languages.

Interested in becoming part of the Wet Planet Team? Check out our Employment Opportunities.

Staff Beginnings

The name Wet Planet was first spoken in a beat up Suburban while bouncing down a jungle road in Costa Rica. At the time, co-founders Todd Collins and Jaco Klinkenberg were discussing their vision for the ultimate whitewater company. Both are instructors for the National Outdoor Leadership School, ACA certified whitewater kayak instructors, Leave No Trace Educators, Wilderness First Responders, and veterans of the whitewater industry.

They envisioned a company that would:

  • Combine elements of outdoor education and river instruction with traditional guided trips to provide a complete, well-rounded river experience for guests both on and off the river. 
  • Attracted the industry's most energetic and skilled professionals by rising above current standards in place at other rafting companies.
  • Encompass more than a single geographic region; rather the company would take advantage of the amazing rivers found around the globe.

As the Wet Planet Kayak School has continued to grow, we have created a Wet Planet Kayak Instruction Staff page.  Learn about our team of instructors and come out and play with us!


If you have any doubt that team WET PLANET is one of the industry's leaders, check out some of our key staff: