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COVID-19 safety plan: fitness camp in B.C. [Jan 15 – Aug 30, 2021]

Cat Smiley Boot Camp is welcoming travellers from USA and Canada with strict precaution. I’m doing everything I can to make my residential fitness camp safe. Some feel their trip is essential to their mental wellness and physical health. We offer only long-term stays with a minimum package of one month, some staying as long as five months. Like some people travel for alcohol recovery, our boot campers travel for obesity recovery. You’re in a strict work bubble once here, staying in one place for the duration of your trip. It’s a relocation for 1-5 months, more than a travel experience (even though you travel to get here).
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Cat Smiley Boot Camp is a fitness camp in B.C. . I’m watching closely the WHO guidelines and local government authorities as they update.

For lodging protections and COVID-19 protocols, visit the hotel website here.

Here’s what our arrival procedures will be through until end of August, 2021.

Even though you provided negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the plane, as the travel came with risk, you will need a negative test from Vancouver Island health clinic. This includes ferry travel.

If you don’t need to quarantine per government guidelines, you don’t need to quarantine. However you do need to arrive in Vancouver Island 72 hours prior to start of boot camp. Even those arriving from the mainland because the ferry is public transport.

You will need to go to a clinic and get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before starting the program. Only those with negative tests can start.

These 72 hours you can stay at a hotel of your choice, booked and paid for by you. You’ll need to organize your own food and lodging during this time, isolating as required by government regulations. COVID-19 negative test must be provided by noon on Sunday, before our first meeting.

Pandoosha policies, Jan 15 – August 30, 2021

Reduced Occupancy

We’ll be operating each residential fitness camp in B.C. with one coach, to four participants. Previously we had a maximum of 16 boot campers! But with 16 participants at the weight loss camp there needs to be at least 6 staff. Too many people for these days. All boot campers are carefully placed into the most compatible session available.

outside boot camp grocery shopping

Grocery shopping is done together as a team, every Monday.

Self-Isolation throughout your stay

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others. From day one at boot camp, you’ll be jumping right into the work bubble. This means, no shopping, malls, visiting cafe’s or spa treatments… visiting friends or traveling in the weekends. No visiting Vancouver to see family in your time off.

Self-isolation for people without symptoms. This means: no visitors. do not go to public areas, places of worship, stores, shopping malls and restaurants OR appointments. If you must leave team lodging for medical care, use private vehicle or taxi. Use delivery/pick up services for groceries or other needs. Avoid face to face contact (1-2 metres (3-6 feet) of another person.

Anyone breaking these rules will only be permitted to continue in programming that allows safe distancing for 72 hours following each incident. Depending on the situation, you might also be required to provide negative COVID-19 test again before coming back into our work bubble.

Bottom line, it’s super annoying to the other boot campers when one person isn’t on board with self-isolating when not at the program. So please come with full willingness to comply to this. Global pandemic…. Strict rules. Let’s stay safe – nearly all of my competitor fitness camps are not operating.This is what I need to do, to remain comfortable in my job.

Tight work bubble

You’re in our tight work bubble and everyone needs to be onboard with this. It’s a focused work camp where you do the program, and that’s pretty much all you do here. Similar to as if you were posted to a cabin in the woods!

If you stay within these rules, we can train and hike without masks while enjoying regular distance from each other. This is essential to the operations of the residential fitness camp. We’ve tried ‘all the things’ for several months now, including quarantine, distancing, masks. All this gets thrown out the window if first aid is required, if personal training corrections are needed and more.

Travellers that develop cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms during Cat Smiley Boot Camp are also required to self-isolate for at least 14 days or 10 days after onset of symptoms, whichever is longer. Boot campers diagnosed with COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days after symptom onset. Once the 10 days have passed, your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication and you are feeling better, you can stop isolating and rejoin the program with a negative COVID-19 test.


If traveling from the States, you’ll need to quarantine. Other travellers can choose to quarantine for 14 days prior, even though it’s not required by law. This is a personal choice, but not needed to join. Instead, you can arrive 72 hours prior and self-isolate during this time in any hotel on Vancouver Island, while getting a COVID-19 negative test. You can book your test in advance. Research online the closest health clinic from where you’re staying, or check with hotel front desk.


You can check for options to get here, and enquire directly or book. We don’t have a shuttle partner but we recommend Island Chauffer.

Travellers driving from out-of-province are likely isolating during the days driving, take-out and being careful. If driving you can also quarantine several days before you start driving.

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