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COVID-19 Response

Explore with confidence. Your safety and well-being are our top priority.

Our Updated COVID-19 Response

We operated safe, successful trips in 2020 and counted no known cases of COVID-19 on our trips. While it was a challenging summer, we are taking all that we learned in 2020 and preparing for a meaningful, inspiring season in 2021. 

As we continue to face a global pandemic, we have careful plans to address the continued public health risks posed by the virus. We will follow scientific expertise and industry standards for hygiene and cleanliness, expect the use of cautious practices among our staff and guests, and communicate all changes to our policies as we continue to adapt.

Sharing with others the beauty of nature, connection, and camaraderie in a healthy, supportive atmosphere has always been the core of what we do. If you join us for a trip in 2021, please recognize that we are doing our best to take care of our guests and staff; in turn, we ask that you join us as an active participant in managing risk to yourself and others. Follow along with Alaska’s COVID response and traveler requirements here.

Thank you for your support as we collectively navigate this pandemic.

With gratitude,
Seward Wilderness Collective

Updated on February 18, 2021

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Prepared & Trained Guides

100% of our guides & staff from 2020 will be returning in 2021. Their experience and knowledge of running tours in this new world is invaluable. Our guides’ understand the challenges & strategies that made us successful in 2020 and are able to navigate all of this with grace and purpose. All our guides are Wilderness First Responders and go through the most extensive guide training in the area, including additional training regarding COVID-19 protocols & procedures.

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Arriving Healthy

The health and wellness of our guests has always been our top priority. We’ll ask all guests to fill out a pre-trip COVID health screening questionnaire based on new standard operating procedures developed by the state tourism board & health professionals. We will provide you with a copy of this document to review in advance of your trip and on the day of the trip we will be asking you to review and sign a copy in person. Please understand that if you or a member of your household cannot meet the screening criteria, travel with us will not be possible.

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Covid Code of Conduct

We’ve always expected people to act with courtesy and respect towards one another, and this year we are adding a Covid Code of Conduct that describes our expectations of guests, including physical distancing and other precautions.

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Maintaining Distance

Outdoor adventure in wild places affords opportunities to spread out. SWC is committed to maintaining recommended distances during all aspects of our trips whenever possible.

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Bring a Face Covering

We ask that you bring your own cloth face covering. Cloth masks, buffs, etc. are all good options. While we don’t anticipate needing to wear these for the entire tour, there will be times when they are required such as during check-in, when using group transpiration (water taxi or vans) or anytime we cannot maintain physical distance.

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We ask you to check-in outside our office, meet your guide, and get oriented up before your tour. We will provide transportation to trailheads in our vans. All guests, guides, and staff are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times in vans and on water taxis. Vans and boats will be cleaned and sanitized daily.

Small Groups

Private Groups

Our trips are already designed to be run as private tours. This allows us to minimize the risk of exposure and provide guests with a purposeful, unique, and personalized tour. While we still take all risks involved seriously, choosing a private tour rather than group experience significantly reduces the risk of disease transmission.

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Revised Cancellation Policy

We have created a stress-free Revised Cancellation Policy to be as flexible as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the details here.

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Additional Cleaning & Sanitation

Additional precautions have been implemented to further clean and disinfect all of the equipment we use, including trekking poles, rain gear, backpacks, and any other gear used on our tours. We will clean and sanitize all high touch surfaces in our office and bathroom after each tour arrival and departure.