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Terms and Conditions


Cancellation of Booking (whole boat charters)

  • More than 4 weeks notice - Full refund
  • Less than 4 weeks - Loss of deposit (£150 per day booked)
  • Less than 2 weeks - Full amount due.

Cancellation of Booking (individual dive spaces)

  • More than 2 weeks notice - Full refund
  • Less than 2 weeks - Half of the cost due
  • Less than 1 week - Full amount due

Swanage Boat Charters Ltd reserves the right to change prices, deposits, bookings and details without notice.

Should you, or any in your party, find it necessary to cancel, please inform us immediately and we will try our best to fill your spaces. If the boat spaces are re-filled any deposits paid, will be returned and no charge will be made. Failing this the above conditions apply.

The Boat(s)

The boat(s) and skipper are insured and licensed with the MCA. Mary Jo has a 20 mile licence. Viper has a 60 mile licence. All the required safety and first aid equipment is carried and is regularly checked. Copies of certifications are onboard.

Boarding the boat

Please be ready to board the boat at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time.

Cancellation and changes by us

Diving is weather and tide dependant. We reserve the right to change boats, dive sites or departure times according to weather and operational requirements. On occasions due to sea, weather or safety considerations, We reserve the right to cancel the trip with minimum notice. Swanage Boat Charters Ltd is not responsible or liable for any external costs i.e. Hotel and travel costs. In this instance your payment will be credited to your account or refunded at your option.

You are advised to check your registered email before leaving to travel to Swanage as cancellations will be sent via email.

The Divers

No check is made of divers' qualifications or fitness to dive. Diving is a potentially hazardous sport and should only be undertaken by suitably trained people. The skipper reserves the right to refuse to allow a diver into the water. You are responsible for the conduct of your own dive and for ensuring that you are trained and equipped for the dive site and that your equipment is safely stored on the boat. All dives require an S.M.B. (surface marker buoy). Dive times must not exceed 60 minutes (surface to surface) unless otherwise agreed by the skipper.


This will be of a limited nature. Help and advice on dive times can only be given in general as it is up to divers themselves to decide on dive plans. We recommend you minimise movement whilst aboard and remain sat on a bench next to your kit once the boat is underway.

Diver List

A list of divers' names, emergency contact name, contact number, cylinder size, gas mix, maximum dive time will be required on the day of the diving. A form will be provided for you to complete. 


The boat and skipper are fully insured for third party liability. No liability will attach to Swanage Boat Charters Ltd in respect of any loss or damage or personal injury. Please take care when boarding or disembarking the vessel(s).


The boat carries oxygen and the skipper is trained to use it. The standard operational procedure for the administration of oxygen is that if a diver goes on to oxygen the skipper will inform the Coastguard that the diver is receiving first aid. The CG will then make the decision as to whether the casualty stays on the boat or is taken off. Oxygen is first aid and the skipper is under instructions to follow this course of action.