TERMS & CONDITIONS PERTAINING TO THE PROGRAM
PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
You understand that once you have paid the 500USD deposit in order to hold your place in the program, this amount is non-refundable, including with flexibooking. Your deposit is transferable should you decide to modify your program dates. Any transfer of dates will be subject to space availability on the preferred month. Full payment of the program is due 30 days prior to your arrival in South Africa. Once in South Africa, there are no refunds for early departures from the program.
You understand the Shark Research Unit will instruct you on the appropriate visa application process, but that it is still your responsibility to verify all the information with your home embassy. To begin, there are two options for visa applications. If staying in South Africa for less than 90 days, visitors from most countries are granted an automatic 90 day visitors visa on arrival. As some countries do, however, require a pre-arranged visa, it is incumbent for the student to determine this.
If you are intending to stay in South Africa for more than 90 days, it is your responsibility to apply for a volunteer visa through the South African Consulate in your area. Any issues with entering and or exiting South Africa due to my negligence, is your own responsibility and not the responsibility of the Shark Research Unit
Students will require health and accident insurance in force which is valid in South Africa and will be valid for the duration of their trip. Therefore, any medical condition, loss of assets, etc arising during the program(s) will be paid for by your own insurance policy. I affirm that Blue Wilderness Shark Research Unit and its partners will not be liable for any medical payments on your behalf. Any and all other non-liability action or claim must be filed and pursued only in South Africa under the laws in state. Please note, Shark Research Unit strongly recommends travel insurance for the duration of your stay abroad.
You are aware and fully understand that field work at sea or on land, scuba diving, cage diving, swimming with sharks, wildlife interactions and boat activities are potentially hazardous and dangerous activities, and you agree you are voluntarily participating in these activities with full knowledge of the danger involved and hereby agree and accept any and all risks, including injury and death. You further understand that the working / sea conditions can be uncomfortable and rough at times.
FOR SCUBA DIVERS ONLY
You hereby certify that you have followed a diving course organized by a recognized international diving association (PADI, CMAS, SSI, etc), and succeeded and achieved both practical and theoretical exams at least for the first scuba diving level (PADI Open Water, CMAS One Star, etc.).
EXCURSIONS & TIME AWAY FROM ANY CAMPUS PROGRAM
You understand that any activity undertaken on your own, whether a night out, a one-day or multiple-day trip, will be at your own risk and responsibility. You understand that for that time, you will temporarily not be part of the Shark Research Program and you will inform the Shark Research Unit coordinator of your whereabouts.
INDEMNITY OF THE SHARK RESEARCH UNIT & PARTNERS
You agree to hold the Shark Research Unit and all business partners involved in offering services including (a) accommodation, (b) meals, (c) training services, (d) transport, (e) excursions harmless against all losses/ damages which you may suffer or any damage/ theft to any property in which I may have a legal interest in. Such indemnity exists for the entire duration of your participation on an Shark Research Unit program.
CONSENT FOR TREATMENT
I hereby give the Shark Research Unit full consent to apply immediate emergency treatment or assistance should you be injured or fall sick at anytime during program.
You accept you will not receive remuneration of any kind from the Shark Research Unit or its clients during the program period.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE IN MEDIA
You agree to allow the Shark Research Unit and partners to make use of any media that you are featured in for any purpose whatsoever. I will make no claim for financial or other compensation for appearance in such media.
LIVING WITH THE SHARK RESEARCH UNIT
You accept their will be a number of expectations on you concerning behaviour when living at the Shark Research Unit. These cover aspects of (a) treatment of facilities, (b) treatment of other student’s guests and staff, (c) conditions for outside visitors, (d) safety and security, (e) sexual activity, (f) drug and alcohol policy, (g) and my behaviour as a representative of the Shark Research Unit. You accept that these conditions are in place and accept these in there entirety. You accept that failure to abide by the set out conditions may result in your termination from the program following a disciplinary hearing.
I accept that the Shark Research Unit has a strict no illegal drugs policy and that the Shark Research Unit will take legal action against any student who ignores this policy.
WEEK NIGHT CURFEW
You accept that during weeknights (or nights when work is required the following day), I must be back on the Shark Research Unit no later than 10:00pm. Should you choose to stay out past curfew, you will be deemed unfit for work in the morning, and thus removed from the morning activity if it is considered that you will negatively impact on other students program enjoyment and safety.
SAFETY & SECURITY
You accept that safety is always a concern, and you agree to travel in a group size of at minimum of two when outside of the Shark Research Unit. You accept that you will not invite strangers onto accommodation premises and will report any strange persons to staff.
You accept that it is inappropriate and forbidden to fraternise with any of the Shark Research Units full-time staff or partner business staff (including field specialists) for the duration of my participation on the program.
DAMAGES TO EQUIPMENT
I accept that any negligence caused loss or damage to the Shark Research Unit (or partners) utilities, furniture, equipment used during the program, will be at your cost. You will be jointly responsible (with roommates) for any loss or damages that occur in your room if no one accepts individual responsibility. In such case, the costs of any damages or missing items (including room keys) will be divided equally among roommates.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF RESEARCH / CONSERVATION / EDUCATION PROGRAMS
You accept that all intellectual property concerning research, conservation and education programs are exclusively owned by the Shark Research Unit. That you participation and contribution in these projects does not in any way obligate the Shark Research Unit to credit you other than via formal acknowledgement in academic publications on projects you have contributed to. Unintended failure to acknowledge you contribution by the Shark Research Unit will not result in any liability or claim by you towards Shark Research Unit or its partners.
MEDIA FOR A THIRD PARTY
If you participate in producing, or appearing in, media for a third partly client, then you accept that all media is exclusively owned by the client. Such media can only be used by yourself for personal marketing and in accordance with any contractual obligations with the third party (e.g. a time period of confidentiality)
Participants must be at least 18 years of age when they attend the program.
You recognise that during the course of your work with the Shark Research Unit and its partners you may have occasion to conceive, create, develop, review, or receive information which is considered by any of the related companies to be confidential or proprietary, including, know-how, specifications, photos, presentations, annexure’s, hand-outs, print-outs, cost data, customer and supplier lists, bills, ideas, both during the term of the agreement and thereafter. You agree to maintain in total confidence such confidential information unless given written permission by Shark Research Unit or partners.
You accept that Shark Research Unit and its partners shall have the absolute right to terminate this Agreement at no notice to yourself should you fail to adhere to the terms of the contracts (terms and conditions) that you have agreed to by ticking the box on the check out page.