Before the scuba diving fun begins, you should understand the following:
By participating in a scuba diving course, herein referred to as "course," through Divers West, the participant/guardian, 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 the Released Parties responsible for the same.
We all remember signing up for a college course, right? So by signing up for, and participating in, a scuba diving certification course, the student diver understands that the course tuition does not guarantee a scuba diving certification. To become a PADI certified scuba diver, the student diver must satisfactorily complete all PADI course requirements including academics, confined water training, and open water training as it relates to the particular course. Failure or inability to complete the course does not guarantee a course refund.
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...
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 or cancelled, a $100 cancellation fee will appy.
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
RESCHEDULING to 6 months past original Start Date will incur $50 administrative fee in addition to Rescheduling Fees.
NO REFUNDS ON RESCHEDULING OR ADMINISTRATIVE FEES
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.