Pentagon Sailing Club

Assumption of Risk and Release


A.  VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION

I acknowledge that I have voluntarily agreed to participate in an event at the Joint Base Anacostia Bolling or Potomac

River venues in the National Capital Region sponsored by the Pentagon Sailing Club involving the use of a sailboat and/or a powerboat.

B.  THE RISKS

Injuries to participants in small craft programs may occur from risks inherent in the sports or activities; from placing stress on the body for which it has not been prepared, from accidents in learning or practicing techniques, from failing to follow training, safety or racing rules; from the use of transportation to and from regattas, races, and other events and from administration of first aid.  For example, I might slip and fall; I might be struck by part of a boat, my boat might capsize, or I might be thrown overboard into cold water, it may hit another boat or run into an obstruction or the shore, and the collision may injure me.  The severity of the injury can range from minor cuts, scrapes, or muscle strains to catastrophic injury such as paralysis or even death.  I will be exposed to the weather, including rain, wind, cold and sun; I might become ill through chill or suffer sunburn and heat exhaustion.  In order to avoid injuries I will obey the direction of my instructors and will follow all safety rules.  I will tell my instructor about any limitations or medical restrictions on my participation.


C.  ASSUMPTION OF RISK

I AM AWARE THAT MOVING, LAUNCHING, HOISTING, LOWERING, SKIPPERING, CREWING, OR BEING A PASSENGER OR STUDENT ABOARD A SAILBOAT OR A POWERBOAT AT THE JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA BOLLING MARINA AND IN THE WATERS OF THE ANACOSTIA OR THE POTOMAC RIVERS IN THE CAPITAL REGION ARE HAZARDOUS ACTIVITIES.  I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED.  

D.  RELEASE

As consideration for being permitted by Pentagon Sailing Club (PSC) to participate in this activity and to use the Bolling Air Force Base Marina facility and equipment furnished by PSC or others, I agree that my heirs, assigns, distributes, guardians, and representatives and I release PSC, Bolling Marina, US Air Force and US Navy, all of their affiliated organizations and their officers, directors, employees, members, volunteers, or participants (collectively, the Releasees) from all actions, claims, or demands that I, my heirs, assigns, distributees, guardians, and representative now have or may hereafter have, for injury, death, or damage resulting from my participation in this activity or while traveling to and from or being transported for this activity.  I, my heirs, assigns, distributees, guardians and representative will not make any claim against or sue the Releasees or any of them for injury, death, or damage resulting from the negligence or other acts, howsoever caused by any employee, agent or contractor of PSC, the US Air Force and US Navy or any of their affiliated organizations as a result of my participation in this activity.

I agree to report any injury or loss of personal property as soon as possible to either the skipper of the boat I was on or any officer of the Pentagon Sailing Club (PSC), and in any case, I will report the injury or loss of personal property as soon as it is possible after becoming aware of the injury or loss.  In the event that an injury or loss is not reported, I agree that such a failure or refusal to report an injury or loss constitutes a waiver of all claims against the PSC associated with

the unreported injury or loss and I agree to hold harmless any and all parties associated with the injury/loss and the PSC."


E.  ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES POLICY

Alcohol is strictly forbidden on any club vessel. No one who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled illegal substance will be allowed on board; this includes skipper and crew.

F.  KNOWING AND VOLUNTARY SIGNING OF THIS DOCUMENT

I hereby acknowledge I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its content.  I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between PSC, the US Air Force and US Navy, their affiliated organizations, and me. I also certify that I/my child can swim or tread water for ten minutes and don a personal floatation device during the last two minutes. I agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations, as established by PSC, Capitol Cove Marina, US Air Force and US Navy while participating in this program. I am signing this document of my own free will. I further certify that all information provided above is true and correct, to the best of my knowledge.


G. CANCELLATION POLICY
Exclusively volunteer instructors and administrators run Pentagon Sailing Club (PSC) training program. Fees for activities directly offset training expenses, such as boat leasing and maintenance, slip rentals and insurance. Because of PSC’s obligatory alignment of revenue and expenses, a cancellation policy is necessary. 


1. If the student must cancel his/her participation in an activity:

a. The fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation occurs more than 14 days before the activity start date.

b. The fee will not be refunded if cancellation occurs within 14 days of the activity start date, unless the student finds a replacement. (PSC will assist with, but will not be responsible for, finding a replacement.)


PSC recognizes that extraordinary circumstances may cause cancellation, and will take that into consideration for rescheduling or refunds.

2. If PSC must cancel an activity, every attempt will be made to reschedule the student to a mutually agreeable date and time. If rescheduling cannot be done, the activity fee will be refunded in full.

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