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Safety Measures During Post-COVID Period

The safety and well-being of our guests and team members remain our highest priority.


  • • Per the CDC, face masks are required on transportation services.
  • • Our vehicles are cleaned between each tour at key touch points with an EPA-approved disinfectant.
  • • All of our vehicles undergo a deep cleaning procedure.
  • • We’re enhancing our cleaning procedures at our sales depots and encourage guests to use cashless transactions.
  • • We provide face masks to our team CAST members. Face coverings are required by all within 6’ of another person.
  • • Our cleaning practices meet or exceed all CDC guidelines.


SEAL Tours is taking enhanced safety and health measures for the benefit of our guests. Inherent risks to COVID-19 exist in any place where people are gathered. By using our services, you voluntarily assume all risks rising out of or resulting from exposure to COVID-19 or any other communicable illness.

In accordance to the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 64) and 42 Code of Federal Regulations 70.2, 71.31(b). 71.32, all guests and personnel must wear a mask while waiting at a boarding location in addition to wearing a mask while on tour. For additional information on the regulation or how to wear a mask, please see the links below.


Detailing Our Vehicles and Cleaning Process:

Frequently Asked Questions

Will masks be required?
Yes. Guests are required to wear masks on all transportation services such as trains, airplanes, buses, ride-share services and including trolley vehicles. Unvaccinated employees are required to wear face masks.

How are you cleaning/sanitizing the vehicles?
Our company already has an industry leading cleaning protocol. Vehicles are cleaned on a daily basis. In response to the COVID-19 situation, we have augmented this robust cleaning procedure with a disinfecting and sanitizing protocol. After the aforementioned cleaning is concluded, the vehicles are disinfected in their entirety using an EPA recommended solution effective in killing COVID-19 on contact. Additionally, our vehicles are sanitized at frequent regular intervals throughout the day on key touch points throughout the vehicle using an EPA-approved disinfectant.

Is the 10am – 5pm operation schedule still accurate?
No. Operating hours will increase as demand dictates.

Vehicle Safety

At San Diego SEAL Tours, “Safety First, and Courtesy a Close Second”
is our company motto.

Our top priority is the safety of our riders. All of our virtually unsinkable “Hydra Terra” amphibious vessels are rigorously inspected annually by our local United States Coast Guard. Our entire fleet is in strict compliance with all safety standards and the Federal Code of Regulations.

Since 2001, San Diego SEALS has been proudly serving the City of San Diego by delivering on our promise to provide the very best and safest land & sea tour for over 1 million visitors. We employ only well trained United States Coast Guard licensed Captains. Our First Mates, who are also trained, serve as guides for the narrated portion of the San Diego tours.

Vehicle Design – Hydra Terra

This Hydra-Terra vehicle was specifically designed and custom-built to carry passengers and these remarkable “boats on wheels” considered unsinkable by the manufacturer CAMI, are designed and built to the exacting standards of the American Bureau of Shipping and the United States Coast Guard. It is equipped with revolutionary positive buoyancy foam-filled compartments, is 40 feet in length and 8 feet wide and passengers maintain a distance of 5 feet from the waterline once in the bay.  The vessels can carry up to 42 passengers and 2 crew members. 2 adult life jackets are easily accessible under each pair of seats and child-size life jackets are also carried on board for all passengers weighing less than 90 pounds.

The wheels of the vehicle remain fixed as it enters into the water. The positioning of the wheels creates a substantial amount of drag which achieves two things:

1) It keeps the vessel from exceeding 5 miles per hour in the water and
2) keeps the weight directly beneath the vehicle creating a lot of ballast which makes us very stable while we float.

Operating Environment

We splashdown into the protected waters of the San Diego Bay. Unlike conditions you may find in the open seas miles from shore, the waters here are calm and easily navigable. The vehicle’s design gives it capabilities that far exceed what would be needed to be seaworthy in this environment. Because we want all our riders to enjoy the many things to see out there on the bay, we are never too far from shore.

San Diego SEAL Tours Weather Policy

We are always vigilant with regards to weather patterns and tide tables and never take our vessel out on the water if we have even the slightest doubt of our rider’s personal safety. We monitor the forecasts from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA) very closely and perform a complete systems check before the first person is able to board the vehicle.