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SEACAMP IV - Baja
International Overnight Program for Students 18 Years or Older
SEACAMP IV - Baja
International Overnight Program for Students 18 Years or Older
SEACAMP IV - Baja Session
About SEACAMP IV - Baja
International Camp for Young Adults

This 7-day SCUBA and snorkel trip to Baja, Mexico includes room, board, all activities and all transportation within Mexico. In 2007 we launched our first ever SEACAMP IV in Baja!! We headed to the small resort of Palapas Ventana situated between the towns of La Ventana and El Sargento, about 35 minutes southeast of La Paz, on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. The resort is owned and operated by a former SEACAMP San Diego employee and is just 8 ½ miles by boat from the island of Cerralvo which has great diving and snorkeling. (Palapas Ventana Website). Passports are required for all Mexico Trips.

All participants must hold a current passport at the time of the trip and be high school graduates 18 years or older. Additionally, all participants are required to complete their COVID-19 primary series vaccinations and the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccination prior to session starting. Participants must also have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the trip starting. Proof of negative test must either be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com or provided upon joining the group at the airport or Palapas Ventana.

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$500.00 Deposit Payment due with Enrollment

2022 SEACAMP IV Information

Session Dates: August 9 – 15, 2023

International SCUBA and snorkel trip to Baja, Mexico. Session is open to young adults 18 years or older that have already graduated high school. All participants must hold a current passport at the time of the trip and are required to complete their COVID-19 primary series vaccinations and the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccination prior to session starting. Proof of vaccination required. Additionally, participants must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the trip starting. Proof of negative test must either be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com or provided upon joining the group at the airport or Palapas Ventana.

Restrictions apply to SCUBA participation. See SCUBA Information for details

Program Details

Session is open to young adults 18 years or older that have already graduated high school. All participants must hold a current passport at the time of the trip and are required to complete their COVID-19 primary series vaccinations and the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccination prior to the session starting. Proof of vaccination required. Additionally, participants must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the trip starting. Proof of negative must either be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com or provided upon joining the group at the airport or Palapas Ventana. Click here to enroll in SEACAMP IV.

Enrollment is usually accepted on a first come, first served basis and must be done online. A partially refundable $500.00 deposit is required to secure student’s spot in session. Session is open to young adults 18 years or older that have already graduated high school. Program is limited to no more than 16 students and a minimum of 10 participants is required. If trip is cancelled due to insufficient participants deposit/tuition will be refunded in full minus a $50.00 processing fee.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
All students are required to complete their COVID-19 primary series vaccinations and the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccination prior to the session starting. This process will take a minimum of 11 weeks to complete. Prior to enrolling, please ensure all vaccinations will be completed by the start of the session. Proof of vaccination required. There are no exceptions this policy. Students that have not completed these required vaccinations will not be able to attend camp and the stated Cancellation Policies apply.

COVID-19 PCR Test Policy
COVID-19 PCR (molecular) Test Policy is currently required. SEACAMP San Diego reserves the right to modify or cancel this policy at any time. Each student must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the session. Failure to provide COVID-19 PCR test results to SEACAMP San Diego (emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com or provided upon joining the group at the airport or Palapas Ventana) will result in immediate cancellation of the student and no refunds will be provided. Students with a positive COVID-19 PCR test and their close contacts (including attending siblings or friends) will not be able to attend. We recommend securing travel insurance for the trip.

If a student has recently recovered from COVID-19, you may provide ALL of the following in lieu of a COVID-19 PCR test taken with 72 hours of the start of the session. Failure to provide any of the below will result in immediate cancellation of the student and no refunds will be provided.

  • Negative antigen test (rapid test) taken within 24 hours of the session start date. Documentation of negative test from a testing center or health facility must be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com prior to the session starting or provided at check-in on the first day of camp.
    • Students with a positive antigen test and their close contacts (including attending siblings or friends), will not be able to attend session. Tuition will be refunded as stated above.
  • Documentation of your positive COVID-19 PRC test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the start of the session. Documentation must be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com prior to the session starting or provided at check-in on the first day of camp.
  • A letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that the student is cleared to travel. Letter must be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com prior to the session starting or provided at check-in on the first day of camp.

Additional COVID-19 Policies
As stated above, all students are required to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations including the bivalent booster vaccine prior to the session start date. Following are additional COVID-19 Policies. SEACAMP San Diego reserves the right to modify or change these policies at any time.

  • Students must be in good health at the time of the session start date. Students must not have any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Students are required to follow a 10-day precaution plan. Specifically, students should be extra cautious of close interactions at school and other public settings; wear a high quality face covering for necessary interactions in public; only interact with individuals in their household when not wearing a high quality face covering (surgical mask, N95 or KN95). Additionally, if student is traveling by air within 10-days of session date, a high quality face covering is required in the airport and during the flight.
  • Students that are traveling by air to Mexico are required to wear a high quality face mask (surgical mask, N95 or KN95) in the airport and during their flight.

2022 SEACAMP IV – Baja Tuition:
$3095.00 per student – $500.00 deposit payment is required with enrollment. The balance of tuition and required paperwork including travel information are due by May 15, 2023.

Tuition Includes:
Meals in Mexico, housing, activities, gear, supervision, SCUBA and snorkel equipment and dive masters. Includes transportation to and from Cabo San Lucas airport (SJD) or La Paz International Airport (LAP).

Not Included: Transportation to and from Mexico is not included in tuition. Nor does it include any travel Visas or required COVID-19 testing. Students and families are responsible for arranging travel.

Cancellation Policy:
Deposit and tuition may be partially refundable. Cancellations prior to March 1st are subject to a $250.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations after April 1st are subject to a $500.00 cancellation fee. All tuition is non refundable after May 15. Cancellations must be submitted in writing and received by the dates stated above.

If program is cancelled by SEACAMP due to insufficient participants or health and safety concerns, deposit/tuition will be refunded in full minus a $50 processing fee.

The following 2023 schedule is subject to change due to weather/water conditions and may include a snorkel trip to La Paz if whale sharks have been sighted! The schedule is designed to maximize our time on the water during the day for snorkeling and SCUBA diving. The group will have early morning breakfasts each day and brown-bag style lunches on the water. Most afternoons, before dinner, there will be personal time to kayak, stand up paddle board, play ping pong, relax in the pool or a hammock and enjoy your fellow participants. Evening will include group activities – talks, night snorkels, etc.

Day 1, Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Arrive in Cabo San Lucas (SJD) and meet up with other travelers for the complimentary shuttle to Palapas Ventana (restrictions apply, see Travel Information). Move into casitas and enjoy dinner. After dinner the Palapas Ventana Staff teaches “Spanish for the panga” to prepare you for the boat trips.

Day 2, Thursday, August 10, 2023
We head to Cerralvo Island in our pangas for a full day of SCUBA and snorkeling in the pristine water. We will have a picnic lunch on the island with some time to snorkel, hike or explore.

Day 3, Friday, August 11, 2023
This is another full day at Cerralvo Island. We will dive new spots and explore blue water for dolphins, whales, billfish, turtles, mantas, and whale sharks. After dinner we enjoy a night snorkel on the Palapas Ventana reef that highlights our nocturnal marine creatures.

Day 4, Saturday, August 12, 2023
Kayaking and/or SUP excursion for snorkeling and picnicking. Then it’s off to cooking class where we will prepare a Mexican treat and have a feast! After dinner (if available) we will have a chance to sit back and enjoy some local entertainment!

Day 5, Sunday, August 13, 2023
Another full day at Cerralvo Island where we will dive new spots and explore blue water for dolphins, whales, billfish, turtles, mantas, and whale sharks.

Day 6, Monday, August 14, 2023
Pangas will take us out for our last day on the water, a day of SCUBA, snorkeling, fishing, blue water exploration and of course…fun!! Afterwards, dinner will be a special hot dog tour around town.

Day 7, Tuesday, August 15, 2023
After Breakfast and final goodbyes, we will depart for the airport on the complimentary shuttle (restrictions apply, see Travel Information).

*Please note that schedule is subject to change*

The SEACAMP San Diego SCUBA Program is optional and provided in addition to snorkeling. Qualified participants will have the option to participate SCUBA during trip. SCUBA, or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, involves additional training and acceptance of additional risks.

Qualifications & Requirements
Participants must be certified open water SCUBA divers by the start of their session to participate in SCUBA Program. SEACAMP San Diego does not provide SCUBA training; therefore, participants that are not already certified open water SCUBA diver will not be allowed to dive during the session. There are no exceptions.

All SCUBA participants must complete the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire with Diver Medical Examiner’s Evaluation Form in consultation with a physician, preferably one who is knowledgeable about diving medicine. Please contact Divers Alert Network for a referral to a medical professional in your area – click here. The Diving Medical Guidance must be provided to the physician – click here for guidance. Honesty on health forms is required. SEACAMP San Diego will review the health information of each participant and evaluate risk conditions. Additional tests or physician consultations may be required to confirm fitness for diving.

Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire with Diver Medical Examiner’s Evaluation Form Directions – click here for form:

  • Page 1 of the Medical Participant Questionnaire must be completed by all participants and questions 1 through 10 must all be answered. SEACAMP San Diego REQUIRES the Medical Evaluation Form even if you answered no to all questions on Page 1.
  • Page 2 of the Medical Participant Questionnaire should be completed as directed.
  • Page 3 is the Diver Medical Examiner’s Evaluation Form which must be completed by a physician, preferably one who is knowledgeable about diving medicine. Please contact Divers Alert Network for a referral to a medical professional in your area – click here. The Diving Medical Guidance must be provided to the physician – click here for guidance. SEACAMP San Diego REQUIRES the Medical Evaluation Form even if you answered no to all questions on Page 1.
  • Submit Participant Questionnaire with Diver Medical Examiner’s Evaluation Form: Page 1 through Page 3 must either be uploaded to SCUBA Forms or emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com prior to the start of the student’s session.

Medical conditions that disqualify participants from diving at SEACAMP San Diego: Current asthma induced by exercise, cold air, or emotion; Current Epilepsy/Seizures; Diabetes (under 16 years old); Spontaneous pneumothorax; Narcolepsy; Blackouts/fainting/sudden loss of consciousness; Severe Anxiety. Please contact us for additional information.

Dive Gear
Participants may use their own dive gear or Palapas Ventana will provide dive gear.

Participants must bring the following SCUBA items with them:

  1. SCUBA Certification card (if you cannot locate your card, contact the agency that your student is certified under (e.g. PADI, SSI, etc.) or the dive shop where the student was certified.
  2. Dive Log showing dive training record and dives since certification.
  3. Dive Tables or Computer

Registration Forms cannot be found online. All forms will be sent after enrollment via email to the address provided as part of the Registration Packet. All required paperwork – Registration Forms, Travel Information Form, and SCUBA Forms (if applicable) must be returned with final payments on or before May 15th. Clean, clear copies of required Forms may be submitted via email. We reserve the right to request original forms. We cannot allow students to attend SEACAMP San Diego if their parents or guardians refuse to sign the Registration Forms or if they modify the Registration Forms.

Travel to Baja, Mexico is not included in tuition and must be arranged by participants. Participants must have a valid passport to travel internationally. Below are the flights SEACAMP San Diego personnel will be traveling on. To be served by the complimentary arranged shuttle, flights must arrive into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) before 2:00pm (local time) or La Paz International Airport before 1:00pm (local time) and depart Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) after 1:00pm (local time) or La Paz International Airport after 12:00pm (local time). If flights do not meet these requirements, participants will have to arrange own shuttle to/from Palapas Ventana. SEACAMP personnel flight information subject to change by airline. Participants must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the trip starting. Proof of negative test must either be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com or provided upon joining the group at the airport or Palapas Ventana.

Arrival – Wedensday, August 9, 2023:
Flight should arrive into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) before 2:00pm (local time) or La Paz International Airport (LAP) before 1:00pm (local time) to be served by the complimentary arranged shuttles.

SEACAMP Staff Flight: TBA

Departure – Tuesday, August 15, 2023:
Flight should depart Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) after 1:00pm (local time) or La Paz International Airport (LAP) after 12:00pm (local time) to be served by the complimentary arranged shuttle.

SEACAMP Staff Flight: TBA

Participants and SEACAMP personnel will be housed at Palapas Ventana in their lovely specialty or standard casitas. Specialty casitas are equipped with private bathrooms and require triple occupancy. Standard caitas are double occupancy and share bathroom and shower facilities. Individual participants may be required to share a casita with other participants of the same gender identity. Other amenities include beach access, pool, wifi, restaurant, and bar. Please visit the Palapas Ventana website for more accommodations information.

Palapas Ventana is situated between the towns of La Ventana and El Sargento on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.The resort is owned and operated by a former SEACAMP San Diego employee and is about 8 miles by boat from the island of Cerralvo, which has great diving and snorkeling.

The Palapas Ventana Restaurant is where participants will have breakfast and dinner most days. The restaurant will also provide lunch to be eaten in the field. The restaurant is on the eastern tip of the property and overlooks Cerralvo Island and the Sea of Cortez. It offers the finest Mexican/American cuisine.