Sacred Journey Training

Paddling schools and training for the Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey has become a tradition. People from several municipalities
at Quintana Roo wait the registration period every year.


Oarsmen and women are the cornerstone of the Sacred Journey since they get physically and mentally prepared to cross to Cozumel and back. Every year, volunteers from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Xel-Há, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Cozumel decide to take the paddle. Volunteers have complete training to fulfill this ancient tradition, to achieve discipline, great attitude, faith, and teamwork.

During the process, canoers have proper training and tools to achieve the journey. They will learn about canoes and first aids, besides their training, and know which food they can have during the tests and long sailing. Paddling schools are in:

  • Cancún, Quintana Roo.
  • Playa del Carmen (Xcaret), Solidaridad, Quintana Roo.
  • Tulum (Xel-Há), Quintana Roo..
  • Cozumel, Quintana Roo.


During the first months of the training program, there will be a combination of functional exercises along with swimming and flexibility.

The program objectives focus on having the best performance by developing specific capacities and physical skills, especially paddling and guiding. The following are the main:

  • Know how to swim and float.
  • Increase force resistance.
  • Gain maximum force.
  • Efficient paddling technique.
  • More flexibility and muscle coordination.
  • Elevating the oxygen volume.

The program also contemplates theoretical sessions about paddling techniques, savings, and aquatic rescue; canoers integration about the canoe dynamics; navy language, knots, and helm technique; plus, talks about the journey and the trading routes by the ancient inhabitants relevance.


August 2023

  • Call.

September 2023

  • Registration.

October 2023

  • Swimming test.
  • Enrollment (recovery fee).

November 2023

  • Physical evaluation.
  • Start of training sessions.

December 2023

  • Vacation period.

January 2024

  • On-site training at sea and on land.
  • Cultural lectures.
  • Theoretical and practical course for helmspersons.
  • Water rescue courses.

February 2024

  • Call for the artistic performers.
  • Start of long sailings.

March 2024

  • Long sailings.
  • Casting for the artistic performers.

April 2024

  • Long sailings.
  • Cast rehearsals.

May 2024

  • Oarsmen and women meeting.
  • Cleansing ceremony.
  • Cozumel crossing.

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