Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Zip Above the Water on an E-Foil – The Newest Watersport Craze!

They say E-Foil is the newest watersport craze, and as soon as I saw this thing, I knew I had to try it! I would describe an E-Foil as an electric-powered, flying boogieboard/surfboard. I took a 1-hour Lift E-Foil Discovery Lesson with SeaKindly Foil School in Old San Juan. In this class they teach you the basics, like board safety, how to get up on the board, and a little about speed control. You need an advanced class to actually get to “flying” over the water on the E-Foil, but just standing on the board and zipping around was pretty fun!

E-Foil SeaKindly

Lift (a Puerto Rican company!) was the first company to add an electric motor and propeller to a hydrofoil surfboard. The hydrofoil is like a “wing” beneath the board, which allows the board to get lift out of the water. With the motor, you no longer need a kite and wind, or waves, to get your board moving — it can be done anywhere.

It is helpful to learn on calm water, so SeaKindly teaches the class in the San Juan Bay, usually in the morning, so that you don’t have to contend with the waves caused by wind later in the day.

E-Foil SeaKindly

Our Class

We arrived at the floating dock and my instructors Mike and Luis gave us the 15-minute safety course. Mike has a lot of experience teaching, and wants to make sure you are comfotable and safe on the board. When they are explaining things to you on the dock, it seem like there are a lot of “how-tos” that you are going to have to remember. But, before you get into the water, they give you a baseball cap style helmet that has a communication headset inside, and they talk you through all of the steps while you are out on the water. It really helped a lot having them in your ear. They were very encouraging, building your confidence as you worked your way from getting on the board all the way up to standing on the board and zipping around.

E-Foil SeaKindly

It is pretty easy to learn, but it does take balance! It is a bit easier than surfing, as the board is fatter and shorter than a typical surf board, so it is easier to balance. And you can take your time getting to the standing position — you are in control of when you stand, not the wave! You turn the board by just changing your balance to lean the board the slightest bit, so you can just go and turn and zip around the bay!

I moved through the steps pretty quickly, though I did end up in the water quite a bit until I got my speed and position correct. Once you get the hang of it, it is really quite fun. I could have stayed for hours just zipping around on the board! I bet flying this thing is outrageous!

E-Foil SeaKindly

Details

Classes are offered every day in the morning. Reservations are recommended.

You wear a personal flotation device (PFD), so you will float when you fall into the water. I suggest a long-sleeve shirt (rash guard) and tight “yoga” pants or tights for the bottoms. You will be pulling yourself up on the board, and the long sleeves/pants will prevent possible scrapes and irritation.

The Lift E-Foil Discovery Lesson lasts 1 hour, and includes all the equipment and a private bilingual instructor. You will learn safety procedures, and advance through Levels E1 (riding on your belly), and E2 (stand up riding, without flying). Additional lessons are available for advanced levels to get you to fly on the hydrofoil.

You can call them at 760-846-6023, or email them at seakindlypr@gmail.com, to get more information.

You can visit the SeaKindly website for more information.

They had a nice freshwater shower right on the dock to rinse off after the class.

We used SeaKindly Foil School in Old San Juan. There are other operators that offer E-Foil listed on the Lift web page.

SeaKindly is located just over the pedestrian bridge next to Muelle 8 in Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan. There is complimentary parking and restrooms at the Muelle 8 parking area.

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