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How to Stay Calm During COVID-19


During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is so important to keep your stress levels low. One idea is to go outside and exercise. The fresh air can do wonders for your mental health and also help your kids stay calm. There are so many places in San Diego where you can walk on the beach, go for a bike ride, hike, or even go for a long run.

Yacht America Deck

A fantastic outdoor activity is to go whale watching with Next Level Sailing. Our boat, the Yacht America, is a 139 ft racing schooner. Since our deck is outside, there is plenty of fresh ocean air surrounding you at all times. What air could be better? With the sunshine on your face and wind in your hair, it will really feel like a breath of fresh air to be out on the water. In light of COVID-19, we have even reduced our capacity just so everyone will have an abundance of space.

If you’d like, you can even get a little exercise and help us hoist our sails. Just our main sail is 2,250 square feet! Everything on the boat is done manually, so everyone’s help is welcomed. Safety is our number one priority, so if you should not help, please don’t help. We also limit this portion of activities to older teenagers and adults. Typically we raise our mainsail, foresail, and staysail. Once the sails are raised, we hoist the American flag. If young kids are aboard, we always ask if they would like to help raise the American flag. This fun and easy activity is memorable and great for pictures too!

The next step is coiling all the lines. If you would like to help, you can help us coil the mainsail halyards and foresail halyards. As you can see, kids and adults alike can learn quite a bit about sailing during this whale watching excursion.

Right now, we are seeing gray whales and humpback whales! We are also seeing large pods of dolphins. Just last Sunday, we saw a group of 500 bottlenose dolphins. Here is a humpback whale tail that we saw last week. Are you curious about what we are seeing? Check out our Whale Watching Report by clicking here.

Humpback Tail

This is a great adventure for families and couples alike as it appeals to all ages. Children especially like our tour as there is something to see during the entire trip. From whales and sea lions to helicopters and submarines, there is a lot to see in San Diego. We understand that while school is out, you might be looking for ways to keep your kids entertained. For that reason, we are currently running a family special through the end of March. What does this mean? Well, for every paying adult, you can bring one child for free. Just make sure to click “Family Special” at checkout to get this special deal. Wondering how to talk to your child about COVID-19? Check out our article here.

To date, have seen whales 100% during our trips in 2020. We are the only whale watching company to have a 100% rating this year. Here at Next Level Sailing, we strive to provide you with a safe, fantastic, and memorable experience. We look forward to serving you during your next adventure!