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Boat Hirer Responsibility


Prior to setting off, you will be given detailed briefing on the operation, equipment and safe handling of vessel by trained Swan Boat Hire staff.

The driver has sufficient skills to drive the hire vessel.  They are medically fit to drive the vessel (without medical conditions) and must use this vessel in a safe and responsible manner, with regard for all vessel passengers, other vessels, swimmers and hire equipment.

Whilst on the water the driver must contact Swan Boat Hire on 07 54437225 immediately in the case of any mechanical difficulties or safety issues.

The driver must remain under 0.05 % BAC during hire time and is responsible for ALL of my passenger’s actions during the hire and until safely on shore.

The driver must only carry the maximum number of passengers for which the vessel is licensed and they will remain inside the vessel while underway.

The driver will be aware it is prohibited and dangerous to ride on the bow (the nose) of the small vessels or outside the gate on Pontoon and Cruiser vessels.

The driver will be aware vessels are restricted from entering the Maroochy Waters Canals, unless authorised by Swan Boat Hire staff prior to departure from shop.  While in the canals, drivers will observe all speed limits including 6 knot speed limit (walking pace), disregard for this results in hire termination.

WARNING! Hire vessel is not permitted to approach river mouth, cross the bar or enter the ocean. Access to Cornmeal Creek (Plaza), beyond the shoals sign in North channel and the 2nd rock wall in South channel, also Pincushion area is also forbidden. Disregard for this results in hire termination.

Drivers are not permitted to tow another vessel experiencing any difficulties whilst they are on the water. They must contact Swan Boat Hire for assistance. The hire vessel must stay 30 meters clear of all swimmers, non-motorized craft, obstructions and other vessels.

Drivers must promptly report to shop at hire completion with all equipment (map/manual, esky, handlines). Deposit is withheld if equipment is damaged/missing.  Hirers returning after the hire closing time for that day, must pay for the extra hire time plus a 50% surcharge and/or will lose full deposit.

Hirer’s will leave an imprint of my credit card for security if my pontoon group is consuming alcohol e.g. Bucks/Hens Party, 18th, 21st, Christmas Party etc.

Failure to comply with any of the abovementioned conditions will result in the termination of hire and forfeiture of all monies paid. Driver’s will need to sign a carbon copy of these terms prior to departing from shore, acknowledge the exact number of people onboard the vessel and accept full responsibility for any damages caused to this or any vessel or party and legal recovery costs.

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