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Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard - COVID-19 Protocols! - Sea of Cortez 2021

COVID-19 Coronavirus Statement

WELCOME!

It is a pleasure to welcome you aboard Rocio del Mar. We are as excited as you are to embark on this adventure. We look forward to sharing the Sea of Cortez with you and giving you many opportunities to relax and have fun.

While the COVID situation is fluid and we remain flexible should situations change, we have implemented protocols to lessen the possibility of infection during this time. We ask for your help in making this trip safer for you, the other guests, and our crew.

PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE COVID TEST PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

All guests are required to show proof of one of the following:

  1. Full vaccination completed at least two or more weeks prior to boarding OR
  2. A negative COVID-19 test performed no more than 5 days prior to boarding

 

FOR THE SHUTTLE

At 1 pm, you will meet the shuttle, Head Out to Rocky Point, at Terminal 4, Door 5, outside on the far side of the street. There are no special protocols and the driver will not require guests to wear masks.

There is NO requirement to show a test to cross the border into Mexico or on the return to the USA.

Crew members will meet you at the marina. We are there to handle your luggage, so please let us help you. To make this process more efficient and improve your experience, please show our crew your bags and let us know where you would like us to take them. For example, let us know if your bag is to go to the dive deck, camera table, or your room.

Before boarding the boat, we will take your temperature. Should you have a temperature, a further examination by a medic will be required to ensure the health and safety of all those aboard. It is the doctor who will have the final call whether we can allow you aboard. We hope you understand that this is a complicated situation for both of us, and the very last thing we want is for you to have a negative experience. If you are concerned that this could happen to you, we suggest you consider travel/trip interruption insurance or travel medical insurance. Be sure to check with your insurer for Coronavirus coverage.

 

UPON BOARDING

We recommend that you wash your hands. After that, you are free to begin to relax. We ask that you avoid the dive deck and camera table until everyone is on board.

We will not require guests to wear facemasks indoors. Our crew will wear facemasks when in the interior areas of the boat. They will not be required to wear facemasks outside.

Once all the passengers have arrived, one of the divemasters will announce the schedule for dinner and the welcome briefing.

 

EACH DAY

We will maintain a temperature record for all guests and crew. This will be kept in the Captain's Log. Temperatures will be taken twice a day by one of our Divemasters as follows:

  1. Before the first dive of the day
  2. At the end of the day's activities

We ask that any guest experiencing possible symptoms or changes in health please tell a divemaster. This will be maintained in the Captain's Log. We ask you to be honest and tell us if there have been any changes that could compromise your health or that of others.

Remember that it is our goal to keep all our guests and crew as safe as possible. Therefore, if you feel any of the following symptoms during your trip, please inform us immediately:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Pain in muscles or joints
  • Irritated eyes
  • Pain or burning throat
  • Difficulty breathing

It is important to note that other factors could cause some symptoms. We remind all divers to stay well hydrated to avoid headaches, eat healthily, and avoid excessive use of alcohol, especially if you are going to dive.

There are multiple garbage containers throughout the ship and ask that you use these when you finish using napkins, tissues, canned soft drinks, beers, and snacks. We want to keep our areas as clean as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please contact one of our divemasters, who will be happy to guide you in what options are available to keep you and others safe.

 

MEALS:

Please wash your hands in your room before entering the dining room and bring a facemask or handkerchief if you feel you may cough or sneeze.

If any guest shows symptoms, they will not be able to access the dining room, and we will take their meal to their room.

 

EVACUATION PLAN IN CASE OF A SUSPECTED CASE OF COVID-19:

If any passenger presents symptoms such as a fever higher than 100.4F/38C, a cough, runny nose, pain or burning throat, or respiratory distress, they must immediately inform one of the Divemasters or Captain.

The guest will be restricted to their cabin. Meals will be brought to the cabin. Facemasks will be mandatory as a preventive measure when receiving a meal.

The roommate* will move to the TV room, and that will be their new room under the circumstances.

Dependent upon when this happens during the trip and the severity of the symptoms, the Captain will determine the best course of action; an evacuation or we end the trip early and return to Puerto Peñasco.

Once this is determined, a general announcement will be made to all guests. This announcement will state that a guest has presented some symptoms and the next steps.

Should an evacuation be deemed best, the evacuation will be in Bahía de Kino, Sonora, where we will have a better medical evaluation. Based on the medical assessment, a decision will be made about whether the guest will return home or stay a few days at a place of their preference. The guest will absorb these costs. This is an additional reason why we highly recommend that you review your travel/medical insurance for coverage should this occur.

The guest's room with a suspected case of COVID-19 will be quarantined until arrival in port, where it will be thoroughly disinfected. No one can enter during this time.

Once the evacuation is complete, the boat will depart and continue with the rest of its itinerary. The guests and crew will continue to be monitored. If anyone else presents similar symptoms, we will need to end the trip and return to Puerto Peñasco immediately.

 

* ROOMATE

The roommate will take their items with disinfection wipes to the TV room where that will be their new room until the end of the trip.

This room will be for the exclusive use of this guest.

Given the circumstances, the guest will have access to the diving platform's outdoor showers, where we have hot water.

The bathroom on the dive deck will be for their exclusive use.

 

Our goal is to ensure the best experience possible while
ensuring everyone’s safety. We appreciate your assistance as we comply
with the state's guidelines and federal laws of the government of Mexico.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Susan Long
Sales & Marketing
slong@rociodelmarliveaboard.com

Dora Sierra
Owner & Operator
dsandoval@rociodelmarliveaboard.com

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