Booking Terms & Conditions

Please read the following carefully before sending a deposit and completed Booking Form to secure your charter. By sending a deposit and Booking Form you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions.

Payment

A 25% deposit and completed Booking Form is required to confirm your booking with Halton Charters Ltd. This deposit is non refundable. I try to give as much grace as I can to help organisers round up deposits but essentially the week is not recorded in the diary without a deposit so you risk losing the booking if you delay sending the deposit.

For all bookings the balance of the charter price is payable three months in advance of the charter start date. This date will be shown on the booking confirmation email you will receive.

Please ensure your preferred dates are available (see diaries in ‘Book a Dive’ section of this website) and that you have confirmed your charter price before submitting your deposit. Any payment must be accompanied by a completed Booking Form.

Please make cheques payable to “Halton Charters Ltd”. Please send to 3 Ness Rd, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DL

Credit Card payments can be accepted through PayPal – please get in touch for bank account details.

For BACS/online payments, please get in touch for bank account details. My preference is not to list these details on an open webpage for security reasons.

Customers Responsibilities

Every person making a booking on behalf of a passenger or group of passengers confirms that he/she has the authority of that passenger and that each such passenger agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

If as a group you are unable to honour a full charter and wish to take individual spaces instead then the booking should be altered no less than 10 weeks prior to the start of the charter. If any alteration to the original booking has not been made 10 weeks prior to the charter then the full balance will be payable [Halton Charters Ltd will try their best to fill any additional spaces on you behalf if requested]. Please keep me in touch if the group numbers start eroding – given time, I can often fill individual spaces.

Customers have been known, due to unforeseen circumstances, to cancel all or part of their diving holiday. This is not something Halton Charters Ltd can be held liable for and as such we recommend you take out holiday insurance which should cover your expenses in this eventuality. Therefore the price of your charter will not be refunded.

Skipper Responsibilities

If owing to circumstances beyond our control, we cannot provide the charter booked or a suitable alternative, we will refund all money paid, in full, and the passenger shall have no further claim against us.

Halton Charters Ltd reserve the right to vary the charter in any way we consider necessary due to adverse weather or any other conditions. Ultimate decisions regarding the safety of the vessel, and those on board rest with the skipper. The skipper will always endeavour to find suitable alternative/sheltered dive sites. Most bookings are for a week so lost dives can usually be caught up with within this time frame.

The Halton is fully insured to carry 12 passengers within its area of operation. Our insurance does not cover passengers who are away from the vessel or while engaged in diving activities. We do not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, passengers gear, property or valuables whilst onboard or in transit. With this in mind please ensure you have adequate holiday insurance cover.

The skipper may refuse to carry any passenger or their luggage for any reason relating to the safety of the vessel and its passengers. The skipper also reserves the right to refuse to carry any passenger who contravenes the diving regulations relating to the wrecks of the German Fleet. Halton Charters Ltd operates under a strict “look but don’t touch” policy in Scapa Flow. There will be zero tolerance of any artifacts recovery on the German High Seas Fleet or any other wreck protected under UK legislation. Where artifact recovery is permissible under UK law, the authorities (ie the Receiver of Wreck) will be notified and the correct protocols followed. Even where permitted, the Halton would strongly advise the “look but don’t touch” policy to be adhered to.

If you need any further clarification on these Terms and Conditions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

We reserve the right to alter these Terms and Conditions at any time.