Camp director Scott Zornig describes the location. “San Blas is an archipelago comprising approximately 365 islands, of which only 49 are inhabited. They lie off the north coast of Panama, east of the Panama Canal. The islands are home to approximately 50,000 Kuna Indians. The Kuna survive by fishing and harvesting fruits, especially coconuts. The Kuna’s also create art on their bodies and clothes called Molas. Kuna is the main language spoken, but they also speak Spanish and basic English.
This camp is as primitive as it gets and is not for the faint of heart. We sleep in open air grass huts on hammocks. There is no running water, air conditioning, plumbing, flushing throne’s or mirrors. Our water is collected by the bountiful Caribbean rains.
On the other hand, the San Blas Islands are among the most beautiful in the world and campers will have the opportunity to swim around and between several of the islands while enjoying 82°F water with 40-foot visibility. The Kuna’s will transport us to our swim destinations in a dugout canoe called an ‘ulu. In the evenings, we will enjoy the Kuna’s favorite drink called a Coco Loco and party the night away Panamanian style.”
Zornig, who runs swimming camps in California and Mexico, is confident that this camp in Panama will be unique. “Swim Camp Panama is an experience you will talk about for the rest of your life. You simply won’t find a better swimming adventure. Fees include one night lodging in Panama City, 3 nights lodging in a grass hut, hammock, 3 meals per day, transportation to and from Tocumen International Airport, and insurance.”
Zornig explains the type of swimmer who enjoys his camps, “Our swim camps are a place for like-minded adults to come together and share their love of open water swimming. Unlike many adult swim camps, we do not offer stroke analysis or coaching. Campers simply swim as much or as little as they chose. Schedules are loosely written so that swimmers can workout, relax and socialize in a resort setting amongst peers. There are few requirements other than to practice safe swimming and have fun.”
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