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 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 only, 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 not 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. Costa Rica and Belize are approximately 82 degrees throughout the year.
9) Can my fees be refunded if I am unable to attend camp? Our refund policy and dates are posted for each camp. The dates reflect when we are required to pay. If you cancel early, you may receive 100 or 50% back less a processing fee. If you find yourself unable to attend after these dates have passed, 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. Please refer to the registration form for each camp to review full policy
10) How is it that some people have nicer accommodations than others? There are some people who prefer privacy, a larger room or an ocean view and pay extra. We assign rooms as registrations are received. If you register early, you have a better chance securing the room of your choice.
11) How do you decide on roommates? We give each camper the ability to request a roommate and we try our best to accommodate all requests. Otherwise, we will assign a roommate of the same gender.
12) 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 five nights or less
13) Do I need local currency? Yes and No, we have found that many places in Mexico accept the U.S. dollar. There are fewer places in Belize and Costa Rica who will accept U.S. currency. It is always good to have a combination of U.S. currency and local currency along with a credit card. We also suggest notifying your credit card provider that you will be leaving the country. Please keep in mind that since our Swim Camps are all-inclusive, you really will not need a lot of money.
14) What does all-inclusive mean? Your fees cover room, all meals, gratuity, transportation to and from destination airport, insurance and special events. Alcohol and incidental expenses are the responsibility of each camper. We encourage each attendee to consider travelers insurance for health and cancellation purposes.
15) 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!!!