Adventure – is it dangerous?
We want you to enjoy your Coasteering / SUP experience with Saltwater Safari but, need you to be aware that there is a degree of risk involved in all adventure sports. The level of real, as opposed to perceived risk associated with the activities is low. Saltwater Safari places safety as a top priority and aims to minimise the risks by:
- Carrying out careful risk assessments before commencing the activity
- Only using experienced instructors with appropriate skills & qualifications for each activity
- Giving clear safety instructions to everyone participating, before and during the activity
- Ensuring equipment and clothing is well-maintained and suitable for the activity and environment
- Ensuring activities are within the capabilities of the participants
- Asking participants to supply information relating to any medical conditions
Instructions – Please listen to and follow all safety instructions given to you both before and during the activity.
Questions – Please ask the instructor responsible for your group if, at any time you feel unsure of what to do or whether to do something.
Medical – Please complete the medical declaration to make us aware of medical condition(s) or injuries, past or present, which may affect or make ill-advised your participation in any activity. We can then agree with you whether or not you should participate.
Fears / Phobias – Before commencing any activity, please ensure that we are aware of any major concerns, fears or phobias about the situation(s) in which you are choosing to place yourself. We will work with you to help ease your feelings of discomfort/apprehension/fear, & ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Drugs / Alcohol – it is potentially highly dangerous to participate in any activity whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Saltwater Safari reserves the right to prevent any person participating in any activity, should we suspect that they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A towel, drinking water and warm clothes to change into after your Saltwater Safari adventure. Sun screen and/or a woolly hat is also recommended.
For coasteering – we provide you with a winter wetsuit, buoyancy aid and safety helmet.
We ask that you wear an old pair of trainers / wetsuit boots (whilst coasteering) and also recommend you wear a pair of shorts over your wetsuit.
For SUP – we provide you with a stable soft top SUP and paddle and can provide you with a winter wetsuit but, in the summer your own shortie or summer wetsuit should be sufficient.
We may provide small children with a buoyancy aid but, as a rule buoyancy aids are not worn when SUP-ing. The board and paddle are your buoyancy aid. Life jackets get in the way and could result in a poor paddle technique.
You do not need to be a confident swimmer but, knowing how to swim will definitely help. Your wetsuit and buoyancy aid will help you stay afloat. If you cannot swim very far please tell us so that we can tailor your coasteering / SUP session accordingly.
We use different venues depending on the tide, sea / weather conditions and your ability / requirements so…. sometimes you might be able to change in a public toilet facility. Changing in the car park is more likely!
At some venues there will be a public toilet or pub/ café with toilet facilities nearby. If you are at all concerned about this please call us to check the facilities at your Saltwater Safari venue.
As a general rule… no, we arrange to meet you at the agreed venue. If you need us to help with transport please mention this at the time of booking and we will be happy to arrange a local taxi / pick up (at additional cost to you).
One of the advantages of delivering bespoke sessions across different venues is that we can vary the location in response to sea and weather conditions to ensure you can enjoy your adventure with Saltwater Safari and stay safe. That said, there may be occasions when we feel the sea conditions / strength of the wind are just too severe; if this is the case we will always try to reschedule your safari or offer you a refund.
Yes – we have liability insurance with Activities Industry Mutual. Before agreeing to insure us they check our risk assessments, operating procedures, qualifications and the all important Risk Acknowledgement and Medical Declaration form which you will have to read and sign before embarking on your adventure with Saltwater Safari.
If you need to see a copy of our insurance certificate please tell us at the time of making your booking.
Yes, we can send you / your friend a voucher for a Saltwater Safari adventure session. Vouchers are valid for one or two seasons depending on when during the season you purchase them. Call us to discuss your requirement.
Pete and Jane are both qualified teachers with full CRB clearence