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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Liverboard Terms and Conditions.

Booking Policy

If a booking is made 112 days ( 4 months ) or more prior to your service date then a deposit of £200 per person is due within 7 working days of a provisional reservation. A booking is not confirmed until the deposit has been received by 'elite diving'. Final payment is due 54 days prior to departure and the company reserves the right to cancel a booking if final payment is delayed. If a booking is made less than 112 days prior to your sailing date, then full payment is required at the time of the booking.

Cancellation Policy: 

If you cancel:
• More than 56 days prior to departure cancellation fee of 50% is charged (or loss of deposit, whichever is greater).
• 56 days or less prior to departure a cancellation fee of 100% is charged The above percentages are of the total booking cost, not on any deposit received.

 Medicals: 

All diving guests joining a Liveaboard are required to sign a self-declaration medical. If you are taking part in a PADI or BSAC course on-board, you are required to a sign a medical form prior to starting the course. In both cases, if you have, or think you have, any of the medical conditions listed you will need signed clearance from a doctor valid within 12 months of your planned liveaboard. Where doctor’s clearance is needed, we ask you to arrange this before arrival where possible and to bring it with you to avoid any delays, additional costs or even missing the trip.

Itineraries: 

All itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in Egyptian Government approval. Whilst we will make every effort we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the guests, staff and boats safety is not compromised in any way. If in the unfortunate event that dives are missed or dive sites are not reached due to weather conditions or other unforeseeable changes, There will not be a refund offered or compensation.

Marine Parks: 

Night Diving is not allowed in the Brothers and Deadalus Marine Parks. Combine this with long travelling times and itineraries such as Simply the Best, although they provide some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer, do have a reduced number of dives per day.

Number of dives required: 

We recommend that for the Marine Park Cruises (Just Brothers, Famous Five and Simply the Best) all guests have a minimum of 50 logged dives. For all other itineraries guests must be Open Water Diver or equivalent. We recommend that to get the most from our trips you are certified to 30 metres and are comfortable with drift dives.

Boat Changes: 

In the unlikely event that we have to change the boat you have booked for reasons beyond our control we aim to provide a boat of the same standard however in the event this is not possible we will reimburse you the difference in cost.

Additional charges for Liveaboards:

Any equipment rental, special tank requests, shop purchases (including materials & certification fees) paid locally will be subject to 10% sales tax.

Safety Equipment: 

Each safari guest is required to carry a Surface Marker Buoy (with a minimum 5 metres of line to deploy during the safety stop) and a torch per person on all Liveaboards.

General Terms Late payment: 

For bookings where payment is not made prior to arrival in resort, 'elite divng' are not able to guarantee course or boat slots and any bookings will therefore be arranged and paid for locally in resort at full resort rates plus any applicable taxes.

Amendments to your booking: 

Amendments or cancellations of confirmed bookings should be emailed directly at the earliest opportunity to reservations@elite-diving.com If your foreign office issues a travel warning and advises against travel to a specific destination we will hold on account any monies paid to us as credit to use against a future booking or change/cancel your booking free of charge. Guests are responsible for checking with the Egyptian Embassy in their home country prior to arrival regarding visa applications. 'elite diving' is not responsible for cancellation costs resulting in failed or delayed visa applications.

No show fee: 

'elite diving' reserves the right to apply an appropriate surcharge to its prices should economic changes (such as exchange rates, fuel prices, etc) make a material difference to its pricing structure. - A minimum of 14 days’ notice will be given before such a surcharge becomes effective. - No surcharge will be applied within 28 days of departure. If the surcharge results in an increase of 10% or more to the price of the dive package/dive course then cancellation with a full refund will be allowed. Notification of the intention to cancel must be made in writing within 14 days of the notification or the surcharge.

Insurance: 

We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance, in the event of unexpected changes in your travel plans. Baggage/Dive Equipment Insurance is also recommended. We do require every diver to have valid accident and medical insurance. Should Diving Insurance not be obtained prior to your visit, this can be arranged in resort with Indepths Insurance (Divemaster UK) at approximately 5 Euro per person per day. US and Canadian guests are required to sign a waiver which will be supplied at the time of booking or before departure. Please contact reservations@elite-diving.com for a copy.

Note: 

It is the divers’ responsibility to ensure sufficient insurance coverage is obtained for the diving element of the holiday, particular attention should be paid to excess charges that will be applied by insurance companies before settlement of any claim.

Skills Review:

Scuba Review

If you've not logged a dive in more than 12 months you're required to complete a Scuba Review on the first dive day after joining us fun diving. The Scuba Review is carried out from the boat. It is a refresher of theory and Open Water skills carried out over 2 dives. Divers find it useful and enjoyable. The cost for the course is £75.00 per person when booked and paid for in advance and includes all tuition and hotel transfers. Equipment is provided free of charge.

As it is classed as a course you will need to complete a medical form. Ask our office for a copy of the medical form. Please then study the medical form to ensure that you don’t have any medical problems which would prevent you from doing the course. If there are any "YES" answers you would need to be checked out by a Dr and bring a signed and stamped certification of fitness to dive. If the answers are all "NO", you don’t need to do anything, as you will fill out the form at resort at the start of your course.
 N.B. If students do have any "YES" answers and do not have a signed and stamped certificate of fitness to dive from a Dr this will result in students holding up the course or possibly not being able to complete. 
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Alternatively, the SCUBA Review can be completed prior to your arrival in resort and signed by an instructor in your diving logbook. Evidence of the date of your last dive should be shown in a log book to avoid problems on check-in. In the interests of safety, 'elite diving' reserves the right to provide and charge for a Skills Review or Check Dive with an instructor or restrict diving activities if the instructor has any concerns regarding diver safety. We are aware that even after a period of diving inactivity that you maybe an experienced diver, therefore we advise that you complete a Check Dive prior to starting your diving. This allows you to check your buoyancy in an unfamiliar diving environment and acquaint yourself with your equipment. This can be arranged locally and will be incorporated into your first dive and includes the following skills: - Full mask removal and replacement - Regulator recovery and clear - Alternate air source use - Demonstration of neutral buoyancy dive guides will provide a detailed and comprehensive dive briefing before you enter the water with your buddy. When the guide is in the water they will remain with the group to navigate the site and to look out for any interesting marine life to show you. The dive guide will not provide any dive training during the dive and you and buddy dive together at your own risk. As qualified divers you are responsible for your own and your buddy’s safety during the dive and to plan your dive and dive your plan by using either dive tables or a personal dive computer. You must begin, execute and end the dive with your dive buddy.

Number of dives required: To dive the Thistlegorm you should have a minimum of 20 logged dives and for Elphinstone you should have a minimum of 30 logged dives. Currents can be strong and we recommend you are certified to 30 metres and are comfortable with drift dives.

Diving Issues you should be aware of when diving in the Red Sea. Your booking conditions with 'elite diving hereafter called “elite”.

In signing this form I acknowledge that I have read and agree to its contents and understand the implications and risks involved. I agree to follow the safe diving practices of my training organization(s). The Egyptian Authorities state a maximum diving depth of 40 meters for more experienced divers however elite recommend 30 meters as most insurance companies only cover to a depth of 30 meters when diving with air and Enriched Air NITROX. Different rules apply when diving with technical diving equipment and this will be explained if technical diving is undertaken. I agree that it is my responsibility to check my insurance cover.

DIVING:

I agree not to exceed the maximum limit under any circumstances barring a life threatening emergency. I also understand that it is my responsibility to check to what depths my insurance provides cover. I understand that should I break this rule elite reserves the right to stop me diving with no refund for diving packages. elite's dive guides will provide a detailed and comprehensive dive briefing before I enter the water with my buddy, when the guide is in the water they will remain with the group to navigate the site and to look out for any interesting marine life to show me. I am aware that the guide will not provide any training during the dive and I, and my buddy pair, dive at our own risk. As a qualified diver I am responsible for my own and my buddy’s safety during the dive and to plan my dive and dive my plan by using either dive tables or a personal dive computer. I must begin, execute and end the dive with my dive buddy. I confirm that I have been advised and informed of the inherent hazards of skin and scuba diving. I understand that skin and scuba diving can cause physical strain or exertion, not normally experienced in non-diving situations. I assume all risks connected with scuba diving and will not hold 'elite' responsible for any injuries including but not limited to, those resulting from heart attack, physical / mental strain or exertion, or barotrauma, including decompression sickness or arterial gas embolism. ENRICHED AIR NITROX: I agree to abide by the maximum operating depth limits applicable to my level of training and the gas mix used. I agree to personally analyze cylinders for my use and complete the fill nitrox log.

 MEDICAL:

I confirm that I have no current or historic illness, disease or medical condition, which could lead to the injury of myself, any other diver or employee of elite, whilst skin or scuba diving. I am happy to complete the “Medical Statement” that is a requirement laid down by the Egyptian Authorities. If I am in doubt as to my health, past or present and the effect this may have on dive safety, I agree to be independently examined prior to diving. I agree not to drink any alcoholic beverages before I dive. I give Emperor my permission to stop me from diving should I drink any alcoholic beverages before diving or if I am still under the influence of alcohol before diving. I agree not to dive after use of medication or when feeling unwell.

EMERGENCY:

I agree to bear all the costs of medical treatment, chamber costs, recovery and transport charges in the event of an accident. Should the case arise that I am unable to decide for myself I authorize elite and their agents to arrange medical treatment on my behalf. I will provide elite with details of my insurance company, policy number and Medical Emergency Telephone number. I do understand that if any accident happens, it might take some time to reach a medical centre, so I will abide to safety standards and listen carefully to the instructions of elite employees. 

BOAT SAFETY: 

Extra due care and attention is required when diving, operating and living on boats due to the increased hazard of, but not restricted to, movement in rough seas, wet decks and equipment movement. I undertake to take extra care whilst on board a boat and will not hold elite responsible for any damages incurred that can be attributed to normal boating hazards. I accept the increased risk of diving near to and from boats and Zodiac & Inflatables and accept that extra care and vigilance is required on my behalf.

NATURE:

I understand that there is marine life that may cause bodily injury if touched or harassed and therefore I agree not to feed, touch or harass the marine life. I will not wear gloves.

EQUIPMENT:

elite maintains rental scuba equipment and services them on a regular basis. This equipment is not in any way guaranteed either as to correct construction or safe use. Parties renting and using this equipment will do so entirely upon their own judgment and at their own risk.

I have inspected the equipment and find that is in good working order and free from defects. I agree to return the equipment at the end of the rental period in the same condition, fair wear and tear expected, and will be responsible for the loss or damage to the said equipment including freight charges and import duty.

elite is not responsible for any damages or losses of any equipment whether the property of the client or elite. I agree that elite will not be held liable or responsible for an injury I sustain as a result of not adhering to the above items.

INSURANCE: 

elite with Divers United is an Egyptian company and comes under Egyptian law. elite/Divers United has “Dive-Master” liability cover for diving activities. There is no third-party liability insurance of European standards available in Egypt and hence elite insist that guests have adequate personal diving and non-diving insurance to cover all diving and non-diving risks involved in the service provided by elite.

IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY to check that my insurance provides adequate cover and that I dive within the limits of the cover provided. Chamber costs are high in Egypt. We also advise that it is important to have good travel insurance to cover accidents of a general nature.

JURISDICTION: 
The contact between you and elite/Divers United is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by Egyptian Law and clients shall be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the Egyptian courts. 
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