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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 be fully vaccinated and up to date for COVID-19 vaccinations prior to start of the program. Participants must also 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.

Summer 2020 Information
Summer 2022 Information Coming Soon!
Program Tuition2800$per student
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$500.00 Deposit Payment due with Enrollment

SEACAMP IV Information

Session Dates: August 9 – 15, 2022

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 must fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the start of the session. 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.

Restrictions apply to SCUBA participation. See SCUBA Information for details

2022 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 must fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the start of the session. 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.

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
For COVID-19 all students are required to be fully vaccinated and up to date with their vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the start of the session date. Proof of vaccination required.

There is no exception or exemption to this policy. Students that are not fully vaccinated and up to date for COVID-19 vaccinations will not be able to attend program.

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). Tuition will not be refunded, 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 and tuition will be partially refundable. Tuition will be refunded as stated above.
  • Documentation 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 be fully vaccinated and up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, prior to the start of their session dates. Also stated above, all students are required to follow the COVID-19 PCR Test Policy. Following are additional COVID-19 Policies. SEACAMP San Diego reserves the right to modify or change these policies at any time.

  • All students must have 10 days of good health prior to the session start date and students are required to follow a 10-day precaution plan. Specifically, students should be extra cautious of close interactions at school, wear a good quality face covering for necessary interactions in public (school, doctors, etc.), and only interact with individuals in their household when not wearing a face covering.
  • All instructors are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be periodically tested for COVID-19
  • Students will be screened at check-in to meet the following health parameters. The answer must be NO to all of the following screening questions:
    • Has student had any of the following symptoms:
      • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fever • Chills • Muscle Pain • Sore throat • New loss of taste or smell • Nausea • Vomiting • Diarrhea
    • Within the 10 days prior to camp, has student been in contact with anyone suspected or diagnosed with COVID19?
    • Temperature check – No fever of 100.4°F or greater
    • No observed symptoms of illness

Requirement to Return to the United States
Currently, per CDC, all airline passengers to the United States ages two year and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation form a licensed health care provided of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Policy applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccinations. Please note, this policy could change the time of trip. Also, a positive COVID-19 test may require participant(s) to stay Mexico.

Summer 2022 Tuition Information

2022 SEACAMP IV – Baja Tuition:
$2800.00 per student – $500.00 deposit payment is required with enrollment. The balance of tuition is June 1, 2022 and required paperwork including travel information is due by June 15, 2022.

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).

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 arranging travel.

Cancellation Policy:
Deposit and tuition may be partially refundable. Cancellations prior to April 30th are subject to a $250.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations after May 1st are subject to a $500.00 cancellation fee. All tuition is non refundable after June 1st. 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 2022 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 maximum our time on the water during the day for snorkeling at SCUBA diving. The group will have early morning breakfasts each day and brown-bag style lunches on the water. Most afternoons, before dinner, 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, Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Arrive in Cabo San Lucas (SJD) and meet up with other travels 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, Wednesday, August 10, 2022
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, Thursday, August 11, 2022
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, Friday, August 12, 2022
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, Saturday, August 13, 2022
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, Sunday, August 14, 2022
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, Monday, August 15, 2022
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 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 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 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:

  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 June 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 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 must either be emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com or provided upon joining the group at the airport or Palapas Ventana.

Arrival – Tuesday, August 9, 2022:
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:
Volaris Airline flight #580 – Purchase Tijuana Cross-Border Xpress (CBX)
Depart Tijuana International Airport – Tijuana, Mexico (TJX) at 9:13am
Arrive in La Paz International Airport – La Paz, Manuel Marquez de Leon (LAP) at 12:07pm

Departure – Monday, August 15, 2022:
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:
Volaris Airline flight #581- Purchase Tijuana Cross-Border Xpress (CBX)
Depart La Paz International Airport – La Paz, Manuel Marquez de Leon (LAP) at 12:39pm
Arrive in Tijuana International Airport – Tijuana, Mexico (TJX) at 1:29pm

Per CDC, all airline passengers to the United States ages two year and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provided of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Policy applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccinations. Please note, this policy could change the time of trip. Also, a positive COVID-19 test may require participant(s) to stay Mexico. SEACAMP San Diego will facilitate the COVID-19 testing but cost will be the participant’s responsibility.

Participants and SEACAMP personnel will be housed at Palapas Ventana in small casitas. Participants 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, shower facilities. Individual participants may be required to share a casita with with other participants of the same gender. Other amenities include beach access, pool, wifi, restaurant, and bar. Please visit the Palapas Ventana website for more accommodations information.

Palapas Ventana 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.