Updates for Travel 2020 and Beyond

As of July 22, 2020

The decision about whether or not to travel during this global pandemic is a personal one. As you consider your options, it’s key that you feel comfortable with the uncertainties of the world today. We are doing what we can in terms of creating additional precautions and procedures, but the risk of exposure to, or contraction of, COVID-19 cannot be eliminated despite best efforts at mitigation. Participants of commercially outfitted trips must accept the inherent risk presented by the fact that it is not reasonable to expect the outfitter to effectively eliminate the virus from the environment.  

Time in the outdoors is always rejuvenating, and now, may be more important than ever. Being with others to share the joys of nature, connection and camaraderie in a healthy, supportive atmosphere has always been central to what we do. For the sea kayaking season of November 2020 to May 2021, we will be adjusting our style as detailed below. However, we cannot eliminate the risks associated with COVID-19 and only you can decide whether those risks are acceptable to you or not.

Generally we will strive to keep those traveling together in their own pod and refer to this as a “Travel Pod” a perfect name since so many of our trips include whale and dolphin watching, who also travel in pods. 

Note: Our sister company, ROW Adventures operated rafting trips in the USA during the summer of 2020. Our staff and guides at Sea Kayak Adventures have the benefit of being able to learn and follow similar procedures that were adapted to our rafting trips.

sea kayak adventures guests

Arriving Healthy:

Your health has always been a priority on our trips, and so moving forward we’ll be implementing a guest pre-trip screening process based on new standard operating procedures developed among a number of companies within the outfitting world. This will include a temperature check and answering standard questions.  Please understand that if you or a member of your household cannot meet the screening criteria, travel with us will not be possible.

sea kayak in teal water

Covid Code of Conduct:  

Since our trips are all group activities, we’ve always expected people to act with courtesy and respect towards others.  This year we are adding a COVID Code of Conduct that spells out the expectations of physical distancing and other precautions that are essential for all participants to follow and agree to. 

sea kayaks in Islands of Loreto Bay baja

Maintaining Distance:

Choosing outdoor adventure in wild places affords opportunities to spread out. Sea Kayak Adventures is committed to maintaining recommended distances during all aspects of our trips whenever possible. Sea kayaking is a perfect distancing activity as people are in independent craft.  We primarily provide double kayaks, but do have singles for those traveling alone.  At our camps, there is plenty of space to spread out in the great outdoors.  Our outdoor dining areas will be more spacious than normal.

road in the middle of Baja California Sur

Transportation:

When traveling in our hired vans to or from the starting and ending points, everyone is required to wear a mask.  If you prefer to drive your own vehicle, we can arrange to have it shuttled (for an extra fee). The vans we hire will have daily cleaning and disinfecting.

people on a sea kayaking trip in Baja

Small Groups:

Our trips are typically for a maximum of 13 guests plus our staff. This small group size, plus being outside, are positive factors.

sea kayak guide

Prepared & Trained Guides with 24/7 Support:

Although many of our trips operate in wilderness environments, we carry marine radios and/or satellite phones for emergencies and have other communication strategies in place so that guides have additional resources as needed.  Our guides are trained in First Aid and CPR, and this season, are getting additional training regarding possible COVID-19 situations. Our long-standing protocols for evacuation remain in place, should that be necessary. 

mexican omlet breakfast

Meal Preparation & Outdoor Dining:  

Our guides will be trained to follow professional guidelines for foodservice operations. Until further notice, our guides will be wearing masks while handling food. Rather than serving food in our traditional buffet line method, we will be serving plated meals to all our guests.  We will maintain a 6’ space between our kitchen area and guests, while both preparing and serving food.

disinfectant spray and gloves

Additional Cleaning & Sanitation: 

Additional precautions have been implemented to further clean and disinfect all surfaces of the various equipment we use, including kayaks, paddles, PFDs (personal flotation devices), door handles, portable toilets, etc. 

hand sanitizer

Hand Washing & Sanitizing:

At camp, hand wash stations will be set up and all guides will have hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant as well.  We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer too.

cloth face mask on woman

Bring a Face Covering:

Bring your preferred face covering, and we’ll supply a few extras on the trip in case you forget. Cloth masks, buffs, etc. are all good options. While we don’t anticipate needing to wear these frequently, there will be times when they are required such as at an indoor orientation meeting or when using group transport. We believe that traveling responsibly during this time means having recommended resources at your disposal should the need arise.

 Traveling Solo:

You will have your own tent on any of our camping trips. We do have a supplemental charge for the use of a single kayak.

Operations Plan

If you would like to see additional details please read our full Covid-19 Mitigation & Operations Plan.

Coming Soon

When You Are Ready – We Are Here

We know that we are not alone in our struggles, and we so appreciate everyone that has reached out to us during this time. For 41 years ROW Adventures and our sister companies, Adventure Unbound, Sea Kayak Adventures and River Dance Lodge, have been sharing the joy of meaningful, life-enriching travel. As an adventure travel company, we’re accustomed to being flexible and navigating difficult waters. However, like most people, we have never experienced anything that has impacted so many people in so many ways, all around the globe.

As a family owned and operated company, we are doing our best to make sound decisions that are fair, compassionate and in the best interest of everyone. We thank you for navigating these difficult times with us. 

We look forward to sharing the joys of nature and river canyons when the time is right for you.

As we find our path, I am reminded of the words of Henry Kissinger who said: “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”

May we all find the diamonds within us and our communities.

Yours Faithfully,

Peter Grubb
Founder & President
And the entire team at ROW Adventures