1. Terms

Sun Coast Marine may also be referred to as Sun Coast Sea School or Sun Coast Charters. All students and person booking on their behalf shall be referred to as ‘client’. The term ‘him’ shall also be taken to mean ‘her’. Children under age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Sun Coast Marine will only accept reservations for sea school tuition on the terms & conditions set out in the following:

2. Payment Terms

Bookings will not be confirmed until receipt of a deposit equal to 50% of the total course fee. The balance will be payable 30 days prior to the course commencement date. For bookings made less than 30 days before commencement, the full amount is payable before confirmation of the booking is accepted.

3. Cancellations or Changes to Courses by Sun Coast Marine

If, through circumstances beyond the control of Sun Coast Marine, a course is cancelled, then all deposits and fees paid will be refunded and the schools liability thereafter will cease. Sun Coast Marine shall not be held responsible for any additional costs incurred by clients attending a course that is subsequently cancelled, including but not limited to flights, car hire, transfers and accommodation.

4. Cancellation by the Client

In the event of cancellation by the client, deposits and fees are not refundable. In the event that Sun Coast Marine is able to subsequently re-sell the course, then all fees will be returned to the Client.

5. Training Vessels

For courses booked to take place on school boats, Sun Coast Marine agrees to provide a suitable training vessel. In the event that there are any vessel changes made, due to a vessel becoming unsuitable for training for any reason whatsoever, this in no way affects the validity of the booking and the terms & conditions stated herein remain good.

6. Own Boat Tuition

For clients booking a Sun Coast Marine Instructor for training aboard their own vessel, the following conditions must be adhered to:

  1. Safety standards & equipment on the vessel must meet the minimum RYA standards (list available if required)
  2. Fully comprehensive insurance cover must be provided for the client’s vessel, covering all aspects of normal marine activities for the area in which the vessel will be operated. The client must inform his insurance company that our instructor will be taking over as Skipper for the duration of the course, including possible extra days to allow for possible unforeseen events. The client must ensure that our instructor is co-assured on his insurance policy.
  3. The client will reimburse the travelling and out of pocket expenses incurred by the instructor from our base in Duquesa to the client’s vessel.
  4. Accommodation & food should be provided for the instructor for the duration of the course.
  5. Sun Coast Marine cannot be held responsible for any delay or Curtailment of a course due to the condition of a client’s vessel used for own boat tuition.

7. Instructor’s Decisions

In accordance with accepted marine practice, the decisions of the instructor, from the moment he steps onboard the training vessel, are final. Every attempt will be made to give clients the maximum sea time available. If however, the instructor deems that weather conditions, safety issues or any other consideration would make it imprudent to continue, the instructor’s decision is final. Sun Coast Marine shall not be liable for any claim for return of fees for lost sea time.

8. Insurance

Sun Coast Marine is insured for instruction, including third party indemnity of 2 million pounds, details of which can be provided on request. Sun Coast Marine accepts no liability for loss, personal injury, illness or food poisoning. Sun Coast Marine recommends that clients obtain their own insurance to cover these eventualities.

9. Company Responsibility

Sun Coast Marine will exercise all due care and diligence in ensuring our courses are delivered both in accordance with our own terms & conditions and the RYA standard for teaching. Sun Coast Marine accept no responsibility for delay or inconvenience, loss of or damage to property, death, injury, food poisoning or illness suffered by the client or a member of his party. Sun Coast Marine accept no responsibility for disruption caused to the client by force majeure such as fire, flood, acts of God, strikes, political unrest, Acts of Government or Authority or any other occurrence beyond our control.

10. Dispute Resolution

In the event that any dispute arising between Sun Coast Marine and the client, cannot be mutually resolved, such a dispute will be referred to a single arbitrator elected by the President of the the Law Society of England & Wales and be subject to the conditions set out in the Arbitration Act 1996.

11. Damages & Breakages

Damages and breakages caused by the client as a result of a wilful or neglectful act are the responsibility of the client and any costs incurred as a result of such shall be reimbursed on demand by Sun Coast Marine SC or its representative. For safety reasons, the instructor must be notified immediately of any damage found or caused by the client.

12. Security

Sun Coast Marine accept no liability for theft, attempted theft or damage to vehicles belonging to clients or members of their party, that are parked at Puerto de la Duquesa, or for any possessions removed from them. Property is left on school boats at the owners risk and Sun Coast Marine cannot accept responsibility for theft or damage to such items. Clients should exercise due diligence when securing the boat at night and at all times when the boat is left unattended. Valuable items, cash and important documents should never be left unattended on the boat.

13. Prohibited Items & substances

It is forbidden to bring onboard any vessel, any illegal item, such as prohibited drugs, firearms, offensive weapons, pornography, noxious substance or liquids or any other item of any kind that is unlawful or unsuitable for use on the boats. Clients returning to the vessel having purchased items ashore, must consent to such items and their packaging being checked by the skipper. Sun Coast Marine reserve the right to refuse to allow any item onboard its vessels should the skipper deem that such items are unsuitable for any reason whatsoever. Any client refusing to allow packages to be checked will not be allowed onboard the vessel and will be responsible for their own return travel arrangements. Sun Coast Marine shall not be held responsible for any costs incurred by the client as a result of such an event occurring. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed during training hours.

14. Accommodation

One night’s accommodation can be provided for each day of training undertaken on practical courses. Additional nights may be spent aboard only at the discretion of Sun Coast Marine and must be arranged in advance. Where permission to stay additional nights is granted, this will always be subject to the vessel being available for use by Sun Coast Marine. This may, for example, mean vacating the vessel early the following morning or a delay in boarding the vessel the night before a course. Every effort will be made to meet additional accommodation needs of students, but the requirements of Sun Coast Marine must take priority.

15. Published Information

Every care has been taken to ensure that all information published by Sun Coast Marine, including brochures, advertisements and mailings, that describe the company’s boats and activities are accurate and are given in good faith, notwithstanding that such are subject to change due to events beyond the control of Sun Coast Marine.

16. Data Protection Clause

Sun Coast Marine collect information from the user when they complete the contact form and online booking form. Sun Coast Marine will use the information provided to contact the user regarding queries and course bookings. Sun Coast Marine do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer any of the users information to external parties. The appropriate security measures are implemented to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access any personal data.


To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of (One Year) from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.

17. Age Restriction

Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardian at all times.

18. Equality

Sun Coast provide equality, fairness and respect for all our students. We do not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

19. Complaints & Feedback

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided, then you should inform us immediately so that we can do our best to resolve the problem. If you would like copy of the complaints procedure, please contact us.

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