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Terms & Conditions and Assumption of Risk Agreement-dtd 1/1/2018

Before the scuba diving fun begins, you should understand that by signing up for or if you participate in a scuba course through Divers West Inc, you agree to the following:

The participant/guardian/financially responsible party, herein referred to as "diver," understands that diving with compressed air involves certain inherent risks; including but not limited to decompression sickness, embolism or other hyperbaric/air expansion injury that require treatment in a recompression chamber. The diver further understands that the open water diving trips which are necessary for training and for certification may be conducted at a site that is remote, either by time or distance or both, from such a recompression chamber.

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any scuba diving course, the diver hereby personally assumes all risks of this program, whether foreseen or unforeseen, that may befall them while they are a participant in this program including, but not limited to, the classroom, confined water and/or open water activities.

The diver also understand that skin diving and scuba diving in the pool and the ocean are physically strenuous activities and that the diver will be exerting themselves during this course, and that if the diver is injured as a result of heart attack, panic, hyperventilation, drowning or any other cause, that they expressly assume the risk of said injuries and that they will not hold Divers West Inc and their Professional Staff, or PADI and their agents, responsible for the same.

Attaining Scuba Certification

We all remember signing up for a college course, right? So by signing up for, and participating in, a scuba diving certification course, the diver understands that the course tuition does not guarantee a scuba diving certification. To earn a PADI scuba diving related certification, the student diver must satisfactorily complete all PADI course requirements including academics, confined water training, or open water training as it relates to the particular course. Failure or inability to complete the course does not guarantee a course refund.

Scuba Course Policies

We just want to have fun teaching scuba diving, and we are very flexible, but unfortunately we have to implement rules to discourage abuse. Therefore...

The student, or person signing up for the student, understands that when registering or paying for a course, Divers West Inc and its staff make financial and scheduling commitments on behalf of the student in order to deliver Scuba Instruction which includes equipment preparations, instructor scheduling, class time, pool time and boat charter reservations. In order to keep the course costs down, and because of the administrative and operational costs of offering and arranging scuba instruction, the following policies apply:
CLASS SCHEDULING POLICY:

Student/guardian/responsible party understands that they are registering for one class schedule with one instructor and may not combine dates from different class schedules or request multiple instructors in order to complete a course. Please inquire about Private Lessons or Class Splitting for a customized schedule.

Because of the possibility of costs increasing in the future, when "gifting"  or purchasing scuba lessons with an "undetermined start date," the student must select a class date AND ATTEND the class within 90 DAYS of paying the registration fee.  If no date is chosen, OR CLASS IS NOT ATTENDED within 90 days of the original purchase date, the price paid and service promised are no longer guaranteed or there may be additional costs to deliver the same service. Additionally, if the course is abandoned(over 90 days from purchase date without setting start date) or is cancelled, a $100 cancellation fee will appy.

Equipment

For consistency of teaching and safety of the PADI Open Water Diver student, classmates and instructor(s), Divers West will provide the primary scuba training equipment, which includes, tanks, weights, wetsuit, BCD(Buoyancy Compensation Device), and regulator set which includes computer and compass. The instructor will not adapt his training method nor has the time to learn different equipment brought into the class, therefore Divers West prohibits the use of primary scuba training equipment, new or used, purchased outside of Divers West, for the PADI Open Water Diver training.  Additionally, all scuba diving students must provide their own personal gear which includes Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Gloves, Booties, and whistle. These items may be purchased, together, at Divers West with a student discount.

To participate in certification courses, other than Open Water Diver, if student chooses to use their gear purchased elsewhere, the student must provide proof that their gear has been recently serviced according to manufaturer's specification, or the student may have their gear serviced at Divers West.

Divers West is a full service dive shop and offers scuba rental equipment, upon request, to certified divers.

Rescheduling Policy

RESCHEDULING: 30 DAYS OR MORE PRIOR TO START DATE: $15.
RESCHEDULING: 21-29 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE: $20
RESCHEDULING: 0-20 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE: $25

SCHEDULING or RESCHEDULING to 6 months past original Purchase Date or Start Date will incur $50 administrative fee in addition to Rescheduling Fees plus any increases in price of course.
NO REFUNDS ON RESCHEDULING OR ADMINISTRATIVE FEES

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation 30 days or more prior to scheduled class: $15 cancellation fee.
Cancellation 21-29 days prior to scheduled class: $25 cancellation fee, or reschedule for $20
Cancellation 7-20 days prior to scheduled class: $50 cancellation fee, or can be rescheduled for $25
Cancellations 6 days prior start of class: $100 cancellation fee, or can be rescheduled for $25

Class Drops:  No refunds will be issued on course fees including boat or transportation fees if student drops out on or after class Start Date. Purchased and unused gear may be returned up to 60 days after purchase. Gear returned must have original receipt. Gear must be in new and unused condition and in original undamaged packaging.

So stop the rescheduling and cancelling!  LET'S JUST GO SCUBA DIVING AND HAVE FUN!!