1) How far are we required to swim? Unlike many camps, our camps are more about having fun. In other words, feel free to swim as little or as much as you want. We must insist however, that you always have a swimming partner and you do not swim near boats. If you plan to do a long swim, please let the camp directors know.
2) May I swim with a wetsuit? Yes, but please remember – if it swims like a seal, barks like a seal and looks like a seal….it must be a yummy seal!
3) How will I know when/where to meet for group swims, functions and meals? We will provide a schedule prior to camp. We also kindly ask you to install “What’sApp” on your smartphone where we will post schedule updates, changes and whimsical banter.
4) Is there yoga at swim camp? Yes! Bring your own mat and yoga attire for sunrise yoga.
5) Should I bring a swim costume? Yes! We will have an UGLY swimsuits and costumes event at Swim Camp Catalina during our “fun relays”. See previous swim camp videos for ideas. Be prepared for lots of laughs and FUN!
6) What should I bring to camp? Nutrition (Sports drinks, gels, power bars), snacks, sunscreen, lubricant, swimsuit, goggles, cap, yoga mat, dry bag (to keep clothes dry for any boat excursions), flashlight, glowstick/blinkies. For Swim Camp Catalina, warm clothing is recommended because the weather starts to cool off in November. If you are assigned to the cabins, you will also need to bring a sleeping bag. Even though “most” of the meals are covered at our camps, it is always a good idea to bring some cash and a credit card which is accepted internationally. With any camp, always be prepared for inclement weather.
7) What are the swimming rules? The rules are simple 1) Do no EVER swim alone 2) Always swim close to shore 3) Avoid the boat area(s) and 4) Always post a notice on “WhatsApp” if you decide to swim apart from the group. Please provide the distance and estimated time you will return to camp. SAFETY FIRST.
8) What is the anticipated water temperature? You can expect mid 60-degree water in Catalina during the November time frame. However, it can also be as low as high 50’s or as high as low 70’s. Mexico’s Sea of Cortez averages between 70 and 75 degrees during the month of March. Panama’s Caribbean Sea is approximately 82 degrees throughout the year.
9) Do the camp directors make money off the Swim Camps? No! In fact, we have gone out of pocket for every camp thus far. Our camps are a labor of love for us. It is our way of giving back to the open water swimming community. Please keep this in mind if you have any complaints regarding food, accommodations, transportation etc. We do our best to provide a fun and safe experience for the lowest cost possible.
10) Can my fees be refunded if I am unable to attend camp? Unfortunately, we are unable to refund fees. We prepay most of the costs. If you find yourself unable to attend after registering, you may contact us to see if there are wait listed swimmers. Otherwise your best option is to sell your spot to another swimmer of the same gender. Of course, you are free to donate your spot which we will then use as a scholarship.
11) How is it that some people have nicer accommodations than others? There are some people who prefer privacy or a larger room and they pay extra. In the case of overflow, we flip a coin. Please note that we generally will put up to 4 people in a larger room. Either way, we spend such little time in the rooms that it should not really matter.
12) How do you decide roommates? We give each camper the ability to request a roommate and we try our best to accommodate all requests.
13) What do I do if I don’t like the roommate you have assigned to me? Suck it up buttercup! You will be spending very little time in the rooms and our camps are only a few short nights.
14) Is there anything else? Yes, please take the time to get to know as many swimmers as possible and please have safe fun. Have the time of your life and ENJOY!!!