Many holiday destinations, both in the UK and abroad, offer whale watching opportunities and sea trips as an attraction and these can be great fun. Whale watching can be as interactive or as sedentary as you like, with seats available in the centre of the boat as well as standing positions around the rail. These usually need a high degree of upper body strength and balance as you do tend to get tossed around rather as the boat turns quickly to follow a sighting and you must be sure you are up to it before choosing a standing option because there is usually little chance to swap once the hunt is up. Other sea trips, besides whale watching, can be less exhilarating but there are basic precautions to take no matter what you are doing on the water.
Some simple precautions
- Use the right sunscreen. The sun can be more intense on the water and reflections can end up with you having sunburn in some very odd places. Apply frequently and thoroughly and if in doubt, use a higher SPF than on land.
- Wear the right footwear. Non-slip soles are a must and even so you should watch out for wet patches. The deck and superstructure of a boat is often finished with high-gloss varnish and is slippery when wet.
- Know your limitations. Yachting may look easy, but it isn’t – don’t offer to crew or get involved unless you know what you are doing.
I was injured on a boat trip – can I claim?
The main thing to determine when any compensation claim is being considered is whether you could be deemed to be at fault. If it would be reasonable for you to have seen the problem that caused the accident – a frayed rope or a slippery deck – you may be unsuccessful, but if you can prove that you and others were not warned or given reasonable safety equipment to use, you may have a case for compensation. If you think this may apply to you, call Accident Advice Helpline and one of the professional staff will be able to assess your claim and advise on whether you should proceed.
Checks to see if you might be successful
To be successful you need to have sought medical attention at the time of the accident, which must have happened within the last three years. If you can prove the accident was not your fault, you may have a claim against the person whose negligence caused your injury. We work strictly on a no win no fee* basis, so it costs you nothing to find out; give us a call and see if we can help.