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Orkney and Shetland Charters
Please read the following carefully before sending your deposit.
By sending your deposit, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions.

A deposit is required to be paid to Orkney and Shetland Charters to confirm your booking. This deposit is non refundable.

For Full Group Charters the balance of the charter price is payable to Orkney and Shetland Charters on the date stated in the booking email, if not stated therein, on the 1st day of the month, 3 months prior to the booking as detailed in your E invoice.

Each person making a booking with Orkney and Shetland Charters, on behalf of another passenger, or group of passengers confirms that he/she has the authority of that passenger and that each such passenger agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

Each person making a booking or included in a booking affirms that they are of sufficient experience to undertake the diving or other activity they have booked and that they are fit, mobile, agile and if required, qualified enough to do so.

No children under the age of 16 may be carried aboard without prior notification.

The Charterer, whether an individual or a group booking the whole vessel, is responsible for the whole of the fee he/she has undertaken to pay and must pay the balance at least 3 months before the start of the charter period. If for any reason, the Charterer cancels the booking after the balance is due, he/she remains responsible for the whole of the fee. It may be possible to transfer a booking to another individual or group with our prior agreement. Otherwise we will make every effort to resell the accommodation and if able to do so will refund the deposit and any other money paid, minus any administration cost and any other expenses incurred. In view of the above conditions, we strongly recommend that you consider a separate Holiday Cancellation Insurance policy, which are available from several independent companies and brokers.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, you wish to cancel all or part of your diving holiday after your balance has been paid. Orkney and Shetland Charters cannot (unless someone else is willing to take your place) refund your charter fee. We recommend you take out adequate holiday insurance.

If owing to circumstances beyond our control, Orkney and Shetland Charters cannot provide the charter booked or a suitable equivalent alternative, we will refund all money paid to us, in full, and the passenger shall have no further claim against us.

Orkney and Shetland Charters give notice that all arrangements made by us are on the condition that we shall not be liable for any death, injury or damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may be caused by persons or conditions outwith our control. We accept no responsibility for any losses or additional expense due to delays or changes in air, road, rail, sea or other services, strikes, war, weather or other causes.

For reasons of safety, Orkney and Shetland Charters reserve the right to vary the charter and its associated activities in any way we consider preferable due to adverse weather or any other conditions. The master will endeavour to find suitable alternative dive or activity sites if practical. In the event that passage or activities are cancelled the following will apply: 1 – 3 Days No refund. 4 – 6 days A refund of £10.00 per dive or half days activity lost. We recommend that you have adequate holiday insurance to cover the loss of holiday activities.

All decisions regarding the safety of any vessel in the employ of, or chartered to Orkney and Shetland Charters and the safety or health of those on board including during drop-off and recovery of divers, rest with the master.

In the event that the cost of fuel for the charter operations exceeds the amount allowed for within the standard charter fee, we reserve the right to charge an extra “fuel supplement” amounting to the shortfall. Details of this supplement are available on request from Orkney and Shetland Charters.

Recreational diving will consist of 2 dives per day (unless otherwise agreed) weather conditions permitting. Further dives can be arranged as a group (charges apply)

Boarding in Stromness is from 13.00 on Saturday – unless by prior arrangement. Departure by 09.00 Saturday – unless by prior arrangement

Boarding in Shetland is from 7am Sunday and departure by 5pm Friday – unless by prior arrangement

Air and mixed gas fills are to between 200 – 220 bar depending on filling conditions. Responsibility for checking that the gas mix and pressure is within tolerance for the dive rests with the diver.

Any catering booked is not included in the basic charter fee. The food element of any booking is payable at the end of your weeks stay.

Breakfast – 7.00 – 8.00.

Lunch – as activities permit.

Dinner – as activities permit. (Variations in this schedule are by prior arrangement)

No meals are provided on Saturdays.

Alternative diets are catered for, however guests are responsible for alerting the chef to any allergies and no food provided by Orkney and Shetland Charters or its employees may be considered to be allergen free. Food provided by Orkney and Shetland Charters may contain nuts.

Any equipment hired from the Orkney and Shetland Charters is used entirely at the hirers own risk. Orkney and Shetland Charters shall not be responsible for any accident or injury to any person or persons arising from diving or the use of diving equipment. The hirer shall be liable for repair or replacement of any hired equipment damaged or lost. Please ensure you have adequate holiday insurance cover.

The MV Valkyrie is fully insured to carry 12 passengers within its area of operation. Our insurance does not cover passengers who are away from the vessel or while engaged in diving activities. Orkney and Shetland Charters do not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, passengers gear, property or valuables whilst onboard or in transit. Please ensure you have adequate holiday insurance cover.

The master of any vessel in the employ of Orkney and Shetland Charters may refuse to carry any passenger or their luggage / equipment for any reason relating to the safety of the vessel and / or its passengers and crew. The master also reserves the right to refuse to carry any passenger who contravenes 1) the diving regulations relating to protected wrecks and their environs or 2) the lawful instructions of the master.

Orkney and Shetland Charters supports the Protection of Wrecks in Scapa Flow and Shetland. Please note that by booking with Orkney and Shetland Charters you are agreeing to abide by the Laws of England and Scotland as applies, The National Respect our Wrecks Code of Practice, the Scapa Flow Diving Code of Practice, the Orkney Voluntary Underwater Conservation Zone and the Orkney and Lerwick Harbour bylaws regarding diving and wrecks.

In particular due to the protected status of the wrecks of the German High Seas Fleet under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, divers may not carry salvage equipment or undertake any salvage activities when diving the wrecks of the Coln, Brummer, Dresden, Markgraf, Konig, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Karlsruhe. Salvage equipment also may not be carried when diving wrecks that are protected by the Military Remains Act and salvaging artefacts from these designated wrecks is strictly forbidden.

No drugs (other than those prescribed by a doctor) or other unlawful substances are permitted on board the vessel at any time.

Orkney and Shetland Charters reserve the right to alter these Terms and conditions at any time. If you need any further clarification on these Terms and Conditions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Orkney and Shetland Charters 2017.