I (the “Participant”) have chosen voluntarily to participate in the Whatcom Community College (WCC) Community & Continuing Education (the “Program”) domestic trip described above (the “Trip”). (“Trip” is understood to include all activities at destinations, and all travel to and from such destinations.) This agreement confirms my understanding of the following:
Reservations and Deposits
Reservations for WCC travel are confirmed upon receipt of a completed registration form with fee, a portion of which (specified in course description) is non-refundable after applicable deadlines (specified in course description) and a completed WCC Risk and Release form. Once the Program has received the required signed sign and registration fee, a confirmation and itinerary will be provided.
WCC reserves the right to cancel any Trip if enrollment is inadequate to make the Trip economically feasible for us to operate. If this happens, the Program will refund the Participant’s fee. WCC is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by the Participant for travel or services outside the package tour arrangements. If the Participant cancels registration for any reason after the deadline for full refunds, an administrative fee (specified in course description) will be deducted from the refund. If the Participant cancels after the no-refund date (specified in course description), the registration fee shall be forfeited by the Participant.
Risks of Travel
I understand that participation in the Trip may involve risks not found in study at Whatcom Community College. These include without limitation risks involved in traveling to, from, and within the Trip destination, as well as risks generated by the activities in which I engage while on the Trip. I recognize that these potential risks include, for example, illnesses, injuries and even death. I have made my own investigation of these risks, understand these risks and assume them knowingly and willingly. I will take every precaution to safeguard my health and to protect my personal belongings from damage or theft. I acknowledge that Whatcom Community College recommends that I never travel alone, particularly at night. Being alone, especially at night, may present additional danger to my safety and well-being. I understand that, although Whatcom Community College has organized the Trip, it cannot eliminate all risks or guarantee my safety while I am participating in the Trip. I have made the independent judgement to participate in the Trip.
Health Insurance; Medical Care; Health and Safety Concerns
I carry valid and current medical insurance and shall have a valid insurance identification card on my person at all times during the Trip. I have determined that this insurance is adequate to cover injuries or illnesses that I may sustain while participating in the Trip. I will be solely responsible for payment in full of all costs of medical care I may receive.
I understand that WCC staff are not medical professionals and are unable to accept any responsibility regarding medical advice, medications, or inoculations that I or my doctor deem necessary for my safe participation. I am aware that WCC assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care while on the Trip or any medical expenses incurred during the Trip.
By participating in a Whatcom Community College trip, I am aware that I assume certain obligations to WCC and the other tour members. It is my responsibility to:
Understand the conditions as set forth in the WCC itinerary and trip descriptions.
Prepare myself for the trip by reviewing the itinerary and other materials provided by WCC.
Conduct myself in a manner compatible with local laws and regulations.
Follow timetable and logistical instructions of trip leader.
Recognize my own personal limitation and be aware that touring involves standing, walking, climbing stairs, sitting for long periods during bus travel, and other physical activities.
Be responsible (including any additional costs) for supervising and transporting my own luggage during check-in at hotels.
Bring appropriate gear and clothing as advised by WCC.
Follow considerate standards of personal hygiene.
Follow considerate social behavior and behave in a respectful manner toward all other group members.
Travel within a group may occasionally involve compromise to accommodate unforeseen route detours, physical abilities of group members, and other unplanned circumstances. The trip leader will do his/her utmost to ensure that any issues related to the Trip are solved for the benefit of the group as a whole.
Any portion of the trip that a person is unable or chooses not to participate in is non-refundable. Signing this Risk and Release Form signifies my acceptance of the leader’s authority to make decisions affecting the group or individuals. For example, he/she may recommend an individual not participate in a particular activity that puts a person’s health or safety at risk and may not be able to provide an alternate activity. Should the leader take such action, that participant would not be entitled to any refund.
I understand that WCC does not represent or act as an agent for, and cannot control the acts or omissions of, any host family, employer, transportation carrier, hotel, tour organizer or other provider of food, goods or services involved in the Trip. I understand that Whatcom Community College is not responsible for matters that are beyond its control, and that WCC cannot warrant the safety or convenience of the circumstances under which I will be participating in the Trip.
Changes in Itinerary and Accommodations
I acknowledge that travel on a WCC trip requires a degree of flexibility and understand that changes in route and itinerary are all subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. WCC reserves the right to make reasonable changes in the itinerary where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of tour members. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside the control of WCC.
Knowing the risks described above, I agree, on behalf of my family, heirs and personal representative(s), to assume all the risks and responsibilities surrounding my participation in the Trip. To the maximum extent permitted by law, I release, hold harmless and agree to indemnify Whatcom Community College, and its officers, governing board members, faculty, staff, representatives, employees and agents, from and against any present or future claims, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses for injury to person or property, or for any other damage, which I may suffer, or for which I may be liable to any other person, related to my participation in the Trip (including periods in transit to or from my destination), resulting from any cause, including but not limited to negligence on my part or on the part of any of the released parties. However, I understand that nothing in this paragraph shall act as a waiver of any rights I may have under the Washington Workers’ Compensation Act.
I certify that I am age 18 or older. I have carefully read and freely signed this Assumption of Risk and General Release Form. I understand and agree that no oral or written representations can or will alter the contents of this document. I agree that this agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Washington State (excluding its conflict of laws principles), which shall be the forum for any lawsuits filed under or incident to this agreement or the Trip.