Expedition Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions of Dangerous Reef Pty Ltd trading as Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions (RFSE)

1. Payment Policy
a. A 30% deposit of the total cost is required to secure a position with us.
b. A 30% deposit will hold reservation until 60 days prior to the expedition departure date when the balance is to be paid.
c. Full payment balance is due 60 days before departure date.
d. We reserve the right to sell any position that is not paid in full by 50 days before departure date.
e. A surcharge of 2.5% applies to payments by credit card.
f. For group bookings (5 people or more) a date can be held for 10 working days upon which a retainer payment of 10% is required. 
g. If the date retainer or the deposit is not paid within 30 days of invoice date, the booking will be automatically cancelled and the positions put up for sale. For bookings made within 90 days of departure, payment is required within 5 business days.

h. Specific terms apply to group bookings and private charters. Detail in 16. Group Bookings and Private Charters

2. Date Transfers
a. Deposit is fully transferable to any other allowable later date until 60 days before boarding; a $100 admin fee will apply.
b. No date transfer less than 60 days.

3. Passenger Transfer
a. A passenger name can be swapped up to 3 days in advance of boarding date; a
$100 admin fee will apply.

4. Refunds
a. No refund is made for any unused part of the itinerary, e.g. due to unforeseen mechanical breakdown of the vessel, medical reasons affecting yourself, other passengers or crew, adverse weather conditions or other maritime and fundamental safety considerations.
b. No refund is given for no or limited shark activity.

5. Cancellations
a. Greater than 90 days - $250 cancellation fee per person.
b. Less than 90 days, forfeit 30% of trip fee per person.
c. Less than 60 days, forfeit 50% of trip fee per person.
d. Less than 30 days, forfeit 100% of trip fee per person.
e. If a cancellation is required then we will endeavor to sell the position/s and credit the amount received less $250 admin fee. Please note that there is no guarantee that the position/s will be sold.

6. Shark Activity
a. I (the passenger) fully understand that great white sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed.
b. I fully understand that there is no refund for no or limited shark activity.
c. In the unusual event of no sharks, there will be the offer of a return trip of the same duration at half of the future retail price.
d. In the unlikely event of 2 no shark activity trips, a 3rd trip will be offered free of charge.

7. Purchase Travel Insurance Or Accept Financial Risk
a. I (the passenger) understand unforeseen work, medical or airline problems may cause me to cancel a trip.
b. Compensation for trip cancellation or lost/damaged bags and/or equipment due to any reason must be claimed against travel insurance.
c. Weather problems may cause the itinerary to be changed or cancelled. No compensation is offered to change flights or holiday plans.
d. No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a passenger or crew, or reduction of dives due to bad weather.

8. Equipment Agreement
a. I (the passenger) agree to reimburse Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions for any of their camera or diving equipment lost or damaged whilst in my care.

9. Medical Statement
a. I (the passenger) state that I am in good health for diving.
b. I do not have asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, narcolepsy or a heart disorder.
c. I will not dive on your expedition if I am feeling unwell or I have a chest cold or respiratory congestion.
d. I understand if I have any medical condition contrary to these requirements I must produce a diving medical certificate completed by a diving medical specialist.

10. Medical Evacuation
a. RFSE strongly recommends dive insurance for any diving activity to cover any medical or transport arrangement in the case of a diving related or any other type of emergency.
b. I (the passenger) confirm that I do have the necessary dive insurance or alternatively I give my authorisation to RFSE to make medical and transport arrangements as may be determined in my best interest.
c. I agree to pay all expenses incurred on my behalf, which may be charged against my credit card or other arrangement, i.e. bank transfer.

11. Image Release
a. I (the passenger) authorise RFSE to use as they see fit any photographic, video or digital images taken on this expedition in which I appear or have supplied to RFSE.

12. Currency Exchange
a. I (the passenger) understand that all payments are made in Australian dollars and the final conversion to foreign currency will depend on the bank or credit card providers current exchange rate. The actual rate and total billing amount may vary.

13. Single Travelers / Cabin Occupancy
a. RFSE will look to cabin share same gender single travelers but this cannot be guaranteed unless sole occupancy is taken.
b. Single occupancy cabin is available at an additional 70% of fare.

14. Dive Qualification
a. Only qualified SCUBA divers will be permitted to dive in the Ocean Floor Cage.
b. Qualified SCUBA divers are required to show their dive certification, this must be presented before any diving commences.

15. Alcohol
a. RFSE operates a Ships Bar Only Policy. Alcohol is from the bar and at your own expense.
b. RFSE operates a strict no drinking then diving policy.

16. Group Bookings and Private Charters

a. Payment Policy.

i. A holding deposit of 10% is due when invoice is issued for any trip more that is more than 12 month away. If within 12 months then 30% deposit applies.

ii. If holding deposit is not paid within 30 days of invoice being issued then RFSE reserves the right to cancel the booking.

iii. If payment schedules are not met commission payments may be forfeited.

iv. Payment for the entire group booking must be paid in Full 60 days prior to departure.

v. Regardless of the composition of group (Diver/Surface or Topsider) the invoice price of a private charter is the set price for the expedition and the amount to be paid.

vi. Commission is shown on invoice. 

vii. Once the invoice has been raised and accepted the tour leader is liable for the total of the invoice regardless of the number of passengers in the charter.

viii. If a new invoice has to be raised an Admin fee of $100 will be applied. 

b. Transfers.

i. Once the deposit has been paid no change of date is allowed within 6 months of departure date.

ii. If outside of the 6 month the deposit can be transferred to another suitable date within 12months or at the discretion of RFSE.

c. Cancellation.

i. Greater than 90 days will incur 20% cancellation fee. 

ii. If a group cancels the entire trip less than 90 days all deposits and payments will be forfeited.

iii. If a group has passengers that cancel then RFSE will endeavour to sell the position and credit the amount received less 20% admin fee to the agent, however the entire invoice is still due and payable by the tour leader.

d. FOC (Free of Charge)

i. The FOC is given with 6 full paying ocean floor diving passengers in any one group.  If the total of the group changes to a total of 6 or less then the FOC will be released and put up for sale to the public with no payment or commission payable on that position. 

ii. FOC is not entitled to our Rodney Fox Promise if there was no shark activity.

17. Discharge Of Liability

I (the passenger) understand that I must sign a liability indemnity form prior to undertaking any activities on the expedition.