Because covid-19 is still a threat, we are not only opening at limited capacity for the 2021 season, we are also requiring all volunteers to present a negative PCR (not rapid) test result taken within 72 hrs of departure for Wassaw OR proof of vaccine (if available).
When to meet?
Once your week is set, CRP will notify you what time to meet and what time you will return the following Saturday. The boat journey to Wassaw Island is dependent on when the high tide is each Saturday, which is different each week. All boat trips occur between 7am and 6pm, so unless you're local it's not a bad idea to arrive in Savannah the Friday before.
Upon arriving at the North Gate of The Landings community, tell the security guard that you are "volunteering with the sea turtle project on Wassaw out of Landings Harbor Marina (NOT DELEGAL CREEK MARINA)". If you will be leaving your personal or rental car at Landings Harbor Marina during your time on Wassaw, then tell the security guard the date that you will be leaving. They should give you a slip to put on your dash.
At least one CRP Staff or Board member will meet you and the rest of your fellow volunteers at the Marina, where you will start your boat journey to Wassaw Island.
What to bring?
No special gear is needed, but here are a few tips to keep in mind while packing:
Please bring a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and an ample supply of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
Georgia summers are hot and sleeping during the day can be a sweaty affair. However, nights spent driving on a windy beach can get chilly, so extra layers are good to have.
Biting insects are ever-present. Long-sleeve layers and a bandana or buff are nice to have on nights when the wind dies and the bugs are out. Insect repellent may help too.
Boats and cabins are small. Please limit your gear to a manageable amount; one duffel bag and one backpack should hold everything one person needs.
Wassaw is where nice things go to die. Fine luggage, nice clothes and shoes, and expensive electronics (except your camera!) should be left at home.
NO store on Wassaw. Make sure to pack sufficient supplies of all medications, personal items, bug spray, sunscreen, batteries, camera cards, etc.
Your sweat glands may get a workout, you may get a few bug bites, and you may miss your Coach purse and beloved MacBook, but the tradeoff is the experience of a lifetime while living on a remote island and studying sea turtles!