Our Terms & Conditions
Deposit and Payment
Telephone or email reservations will be held for 3 days unless otherwise stated. A deposit of 50% of the course fee and a completed booking form is required to secure the booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to the course start date. Payment is accepted by VISA, MasterCard, cashier’s check, wire transfer or any other mutually agreed upon form of payment.
Cancellation by Student
If you cancel a reservation you have made with us, the deposit and course fee are non-refundable and cannot be applied to another course or date, except: If cancellation occurs at least 45 days prior to the scheduled departure date a cancellation fee of 10% of the full course fee will be charged and the balance of your deposit refunded. It is therefore strongly recommended that you take out travel insurance which will cover you should you need to cancel your booking. If a client leaves a yacht and/or abandons a course before the scheduled termination date and time for whatever reason, no refunds will be given and additional travel costs or other expenses incurred will not be reimbursed.
Cancellation by SeaHorse
SeaHorse Sailing School may cancel any course at any time before departure for any reason, including sickness, accidents, travel delays, strikes, mechanical breakdown, war or civil disturbance, or insufficient participants to operate the program. SeaHorse Sailing School will make every effort to follow the published itinerary, but variances may occur due to factors beyond our control. If a course is cancelled, SeaHorse Sailing School will make every effort to find a suitable replacement, but our liability is limited to a refund of payment rendered. We recommend that your travel insurance covers holiday cancellation.
Hurricane and Tropical Storm Policy
If, at any time during your course or at a time that may affect your course, a tropical storm watch, warning or hurricane watch or warning is issued we may cancel the course and you will be issued a rain check for the unused portion of your class. If a course is cancelled due to weather no refunds will be issued but you will be offered an alternate date..
If you cancel a course within 60 days of the departure date no refunds will be issued. For this reason, the purchase of travel insurance, which covers cancellation due to medical reasons, default and/or airline strike, weather, etc. (please see policy for details), is strongly recommended. If you choose to not purchase travel insurance, you are assuming any financial loss associated with your travel arrangements.
Alcohol Consumption Onboard
SeaHorse Sailing School vessels are run as 'dry ships' when underway and possibly at anchorages if there is a possibility of having to 'up anchor' and move off. This is at the Instructor's discretion. In port, when moored or at anchor, reasonable amounts of alcohol may be consumed, but excessive alcohol consumption that leads to situations putting people at risk, or where the harmony of life on board is disturbed to an extent that other guests are made uncomfortable, will not be tolerated. If this situation arises, the Instructor reserves the right to return to port and to disembark any student at an intermediary port, or disembark the entire group in a group if necessary. SeaHorse Sailing School will not reimburse, or in anyway be held responsible for any costs incurred for travel or any other expenses.
Illegal Acts and Drug Usage
No illegal drugs, substances, objects or contraband may be brought onboard the yacht. Any person found in the possession of or under the influence of any illegal substance will be removed from the course and vessel immediately regardless of location, and SeaHorse Sailing School will not reimburse, or in any way be held responsible for any costs incurred for travel or any other expenses. In addition, you shall indemnify SeaHorse and the Instructor against all legal action, impoundment and loss incurred as a result.
Conduct Aboard School Vessels
If, in our opinion, you conduct yourself so as to endanger the vessel or any person or property on board, or behave in a disorderly manner or in a manner to which other students may reasonably object, we reserve the right to take such measures to prevent continuation of such conduct, including your removal from the vessel. In such an instance, no refunds will be issued and SeaHorse Sailing School will not reimburse, or in any way be held responsible for any costs incurred for travel or any other expenses. You agree to abide by the orders of the Instructor in command of the school vessel at all times.
In the interests of comfort and safety, smoking is not permitted below deck - clients are welcome to smoke in the cockpit provided they are mindful of where their smoke and ash are going and do not cause discomfort to other crew members. Cigarette butts must not be thrown into the sea.
All students will be expected to participate in cooking, cleaning the vessel and routine maintenance as required by the Instructor. At the end of the course, the students are expected to clean the vessel to an as found condition.
You agree to be responsible for, and to replace and make good, any injury to the yacht, her furnishings and equipment caused by you, or any of your party, less any wear and tear. Limits of your liability for any injury to the yacht and the equipment is the deductible amount on the insurance hull coverage carried on the vessel, per incident.
Certification of Health
You certify that you do not have any condition or disability that would create a hazard or hardship for yourself or other persons participating in the program. You understand that health care standards, facilities and services at sea or ashore may inadequate for treatment of some health conditions. SeaHorse Sailing School makes no representations or warranties and disclaims any made regarding special accommodations or handicap accessibility on any program. SeaHorse Sailing School reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any student whose health or actions in SeaHorse Sailing School’s sole judgment impede the operation of a trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow students.
Own Boat Instruction
In addition to the above conditions, if instruction is to take place on your yacht, you will be required to:
- Ensure that the yacht is equipped to minimum ASA requirements and is maintained in proper and seamanlike condition for the intended sailing area;
- Ensure that the yacht is fully insured for the duration of the instruction;
- Provide all traveling and out of pocket expenses for the instructor to and from the student’s vessel to the instructor’s home;
- Retain responsibility for the safety of the yacht throughout. The instructor is at no time in charge of the vessel. The owner will remain master of the vessel and accept all responsibility for the vessel. SeaHorse Sailing School is not responsible nor liable for any damage while our instructor is on board.
We will make every effort to ensure that courses take place as planned. However, if in the instructor’s opinion weather conditions, safety, mechanical breakdowns, or any other consideration renders it imprudent to continue, then the instructor’s decision to delay or end the voyage is final. SeaHorse Sailing School will not be liable for the consequence of delay or cancellation in such circumstances.