SCUBA & SNORKEL WAIVER
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Release, Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability
For Scuba Divers, I hereby affirm that I am a certified PADI Open Water Diver, or equivalent in NAUI, CMAS, SSI or other authorized diving organization, trained in safe diving practices and that I thoroughly understand the inherent risks of skin and scuba diving, which may result in serious injury or death. I understand that these hazards include, but are not limited to, air expansion injuries, drowning, decompression sickness, hazardous marine life injuries, being cut or struck by a boat while in the water, and injuries caused by boat travel to the dive site.
I further understand that scuba diving and snorkelling, carries the increased risk of being conducted at sites that are remote, either by time or distance or both, to medical and recompression facilities that may be required to effectively treat diving injuries, and nonetheless still wish to proceed with such scuba diving and snorkelling. By signing this release, I certify that I am fully aware of and expressly assume these and all other risks involved in making such dives and snorkels.
I understand and agree that neither the resorts, vessels, nor the dive masters, dive guides, staff, officers, crew or owners of the resorts or vessels, nor WILD EARTH EXPEDITIONS PTY LIMITED, doing business as WILD EARTH EXPEDITIONS, Thomas and Natalia Baechtold, a.k.a Thomas and Natalia Bächtold, contractors, leaders, nor associated companies, organizations, groups or agencies, nor the owners, directors, officers, employees, agents, or assigns of the afore listed individuals and/or entities (hereinafter “Released Parties”) may be held liable or responsible in any way for any occurrence which may result in personal injury, property damage, wrongful death or other damage to me or my family, heirs, or assigns that may occur as a result of my participation in this trip, or as a result of the negligence of any party, including the Released Parties, whether passive or active.
I further state that I am of lawful age and am competent to sign this liability release or, if not, that my parent or legal guardian shall sign on my behalf, or has given written consent to my signing this document, and that my guardian or parent completely understands and concurs with this liability release. I am in good mental and physical fitness for diving and snorkelling, and I am not under the influence of alcohol, nor am I under the influence of any drugs that are contradictory to diving and snorkelling. I affirm that I have seen a physician if required and a YES is ticked on the Divers Medical form and have approval to dive.
I have and will furnish my own equipment and be responsible for its good order and operating condition, regardless of where I obtain it. Prior to each dive, I will check my own equipment and my buddy’s equipment to ensure proper function, completeness and familiarity. I do not expect my equipment to be inspected by anyone else. I agree that if I do obtain any equipment from any of the Released Parties, I accept the equipment as is. Released parties accept no responsibility for any defect in any of the equipment provided and I agree that the use of any such equipment is entirely at my own risk.
I understand that the Released Parties may provide a marine resource guide who is experienced and knowledgeable in scuba diving and snorkelling, but who is not acting in the capacity of a scuba diving instructor and is not to be held liable or responsible for my safety. I voluntarily accept any and all additional risks, and I am fully prepared to pay any and all expenses related to evacuation, medical and recompression treatment, additional cost for accommodations, food and transportation, should same be deemed necessary by myself and/or any of the Released Parties, and should same be available. Full comprehensive insurance coverage is required.
By this instrument, I hereby exempt and release all the above listed entities and/or individuals from all liability and responsibility for personal injury, property damage or wrongful death, however caused, including, but not limited to, product liability or the negligence of the released parties, whether passive or active.
I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing paragraphs, fully understanding the potential dangers incidental to engaging in SCUBA diving and snorkelling during this expedition. I am fully aware of the legal consequences of signing this document and that I understand and agree that this document is legally binding and will preclude me from recovering monetary damages from the above listed entities and/or individuals, whether specifically named or not, for personal injury, property damage or wrongful death caused by product liability or the negligence of the released parties, whether passive or active.
Each Wild Earth Explorer needs to complete and submit an electronic signature as a record that they have read and understood the above Scuba & Snorkel Waiver.