Safety

 

The Captains

Our Captains have been safely operating high performance boats around the British Columbia coast for over 20 years, far above the minimum legal standards. They are fully licensed and certified by both the Department of Transport and, in Marine First Aid, by the Canadian Red Cross.

Our company is committed to promoting water safety for both passengers and other water users; we ask that you help us to respect other water users. If you are concerned about the safety of any water user, please report it to the Coastguard or Transport Canada.

We have a long history of rescues and, as part of our daily work, we have been involved in a wide range of rescues. We will never put passengers at risk in order to perform rescues but we ask that you be empathetic if we have to delay or prolong your trip slightly in order to assist someone.

The Boat

Each boat is licensed and inspected by Transport Canada. It is fully equipped with navigational and safety equipment, including the latest DSC VHF radio equipment. Our boat and all its safety equipment can communicate directly and automatically with the Coastguard so that, in the unlikely event of a problem, they will have all the necessary information immediately, thus saving valuable time.

The hull is constructed of high strength marine aluminum and is divided into separate compartments. For further safety it is protected by collision bulkheads which are filled with floatation foam making it unsinkable. We check the boat thoroughly every day and service it regularly according to manufacturers recommendations. The boat and its equipment exceed rigorous government regulations.

Our staff are trained in emergency procedures, which we practice and review regularly.

Passengers

All passengers are provided with DOT lifejackets and given an appropriate safety briefing. Your safety is of utmost importance to us and we make every effort to keep you and your belongings safe but there is an element of risk involved in any activity at sea. We request that you listen carefully to safety briefings and work with us to ensure your safety and enjoyment. We carry full public liability insurance. Our shore crew log passenger names and contact details for each trip (plus details of medical conditions if appropriate) and are in contact with the boat.

Please note for your safety and enjoyment: the sea and excessive alcohol do not mix! If passengers appear to be intoxicated they will not be permitted on board and we will not be able to offer a refund.

Medical Problems

If you think you may have any medical problem which may affect your enjoyment or safety on board, it is important that you discuss it with us in advance; we will do our best to accommodate your needs but it is your responsibility to disclose relevant medical details. If in doubt please consult your doctor.

Children

For reasons of safety, children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Our medical adviser has determined that boat trips are not suitable for those under 5 years unless weather and sea conditions are very good and the trip is tailored to the needs of the youngest. With this in mind we offer family charters for groups wishing to take youngsters out. We have child-sized lifejackets or you may bring your own. Please contact us to discuss the individual needs of your children.

Safety and Cancellations

All trips are subject to sea and weather conditions; please contact us before you set out for your trip to confirm.

We reserve the right to cancel trips at any point due to adverse ocean or weather conditions and stringent safety criteria. If we have to cancel your trip we will offer alternative trips or a full refund.

Captain’s decision is final.