Cancellation Due to Weather or Rough Seas
To salty seafarers, “rough seas” may begin with five or six foot waves; “high winds” become threatening only upon gale warnings. It is important to have an understanding as to who makes the decision as to whether the seas are too rough or the weather too inclement for diving. This should be discussed prior to embarking. While it is the legal responsibility of the captain or master of the vessel to make such decisions, the guests aboard the vessel, as fare-paying customers, should have significant input in such decisions. In many cases, the weather may not be dangerous to the vessel, but may be too much for the diver. It is better to breach the subject beforehand so as to avoid unsafe and possibly mutinous conditions while offshore.