The Sacred Mayan Journey has become a tradition. People from several municipalities at Quintana Roo wait the registration period every year.
They are the cornerstone for the Sacred Mayan Journey. They have full training both physical and mental to cross to Cozumel and back.
Every year, many volunteers from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Xel-Há, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Cozumel, have high expectations to join as oarsmen. They will chase discipline, great attitude, faith, and teamwork, through this Mayan tradition.
Oarsmen receive tools and compelling training. They will learn about canoe navigation, first aids, physical preparation, and the food they can eat during long crossings.
During the first months of the training program, there will be a combination of functional exercises along with swimming and flexibility.
The program objectives are focused on having the best performance by developing specific capacities and physical skills, especially paddling and guiding. The following are the main:
The program also contemplates theoretical sessions about paddling techniques, savings, and aquatic rescue; oarsman integration about the canoe dynamics; navy language, knots, and helm technique; plus, talks about the journey and the trading routes by the ancient Mayans relevance.
XAVIER ARGUIMBAU. Trainer and Coordinator – Xel-Há seat
“For me, it’s satisfactory to push them to their own limits, both physical and mental. They will find that when their body seems that won’t go on, there’s so much more to give. To make them integrate as a team. They can learn and go the distance.”
FÉLIX GUZMÁN. Physical Trainer – Cancun seat
“My experience as a trainer for the Sacred Mayan Journey has been inspiring and moving. To pass out techniques and to make them develop skills, and much more I’ve embraced throughout these 12 journeys. It’s quite a challenge for me to help and be part of the trainers' team and contribute to the Sacred Mayan Journey’s good name.”