(Part I) IMPORTANT! READ CAREFULLY. This document affects your legal rights. It must be signed by you, the Participant whether you are an adult or minor, if you are renting or otherwise using equipment or participating in activities offered by Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. It must be signed also by your parent or guardian if you are a minor Participant (under 18 years of age.) The parent or guardian agrees to these terms individually and on behalf of the minor. Only a parent or legally appointed guardian may sign for a minor Participant References in this agreement to “I’ or “we include all who sign below unless otherwise clearly indicated.
(Including Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks, Agreements of Release and Indemnity, and Additional Provisions)
WARNING: There are significant elements of risk in any adventure, sport or activity associated with the outdoors or wilderness, the use or presence of watercraft, including but not limited to canoes, kayaks, and tubes, incidental camping or hiking (referred to herein as activity, and the use of any related equipment. In consideration of the opportunity to rent or otherwise use certain equipment and/or participate in activities offered by Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. Participant (adult or minor), and the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, understand, acknowledge and agree as follows:
(Part II): The services of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. may include renting equipment and providing trips (including guided trips) by tube, canoe, or kayak (referred to, collectively, as watercraft). Activities, scheduled and unscheduled, associated with these services may include, in addition to travel by water, swimming, wading, hiking, climbing on rocks and slopes, camping, portaging (carrying the watercraft between water travel sites) and travel by vehicle, including but not limited to 15 passenger vans to and from the activities.
The hazards and risks (together referred to as “risks”) of the use of the watercraft include the following: entering, exiting and operating the watercraft; water which may be fast, deep, cold, and subject to rapid change; objects which may be encountered in and out of the water and which may not be obvious, including debris, trees, rocks, boulders, dams, bridges, and other hazards; the watercraft may overturn, swamp and sink and occupants may become separated from the craft, feet and other parts of the body may become entrapped in or under rocks and other objects; participants may strike or be struck by objects, other watercraft, and other persons, in and outside of the watercraft. Risks of other activities include those associated with camping, hiking and moving on and over terrain, including the shoreline, the premises of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. and others, and elsewhere, which may be unstable, steep and slippery and where rocks, trees, and other objects may fall, and man-made and natural structures may fail; animals, including poisonous reptiles, and poisonous plants may cause harm, swimming in unfamiliar surroundings may cause entrapment, injury from slips and falls and drowning. Other risks include errors in judgment of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. staff and other participants, including the improper assessment of capabilities and conditions pertaining to the activities; certain activities may be instructional, and designed to extend the skills of participants; equipment may be misused or may fail because of manufacturing defects or otherwise; collisions may occur while traveling by vehicle to and from the activities; the activities are subject to the unpredictable forces of nature, including exposure to the sun, cold, wind, hail, lightning, flash floods and other such phenomena; activities may take place in remote places, significantly delaying emergency medical care and evacuation.
Participant, and the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, acknowledge and understand that the description of activities and risks above is not complete and that all activities, whether or not described, may be dangerous and may include risks which are inherent and cannot be reasonably avoided without changing the nature of the activity. Participation in the activities can cause bites, slings, allergic reactions, overexertion, heat stroke, hypothermia, illness due to contaminated water, bumps, cuts, bruises, strains broken bones and other injuries and illnesses Property loss and serious injury and death, including by falling and drowning are possible. Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. has made no effort to determine, and accepts no responsibility for, medical, physical or other qualifications or the suitability of Participant, or other participants, for the activities. Client, and the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, accepts full responsibility for determining Participants medical physical or other qualifications or suitability for participating in the activities.
Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. is not responsible for the water conditions, routes, camp sites or other activities of renters of its equipment. Certain activities maybe conducted by independent contractors hired by Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. These contractors are not trained or supervised by Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. and Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. has no control over them and accepts no responsibility for their conduct. Alcohol will, and other substances may, impair judgment and reduce a participants ability to effectively manage the risks of water travel, and are prohibited on any Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. river trips, camping and land activities; participants should inspect unfamiliar rapids and other hazards before attempting to pass through or over them; participants should always wear a fastened life jacket (personal floatation device) participants should wear footwear which will provide protection from sharp objects, and which will minimize the risk of foot entrapment. Failure to adhere to these and other safety precautions may result in serious injury or death
[PART III]Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks
I, the Participant (adult or minor) and the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, understand the nature of the services of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. and other activities which may occur, and their risks. Acknowledge and expressly assume all risks of the activities, whether or not described above, known or unknown, and inherent or otherwise. I take full responsibility for any injury or loss, including death, which I, or a minor child for whom I sign, may suffer, arising in whole or part out of such activities.
[PART IV]Agreements of Release and Indemnification, and Additional Provisions
If I am an adult participant, or the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, I agree, for myself and on behalf of the minor Participant for whom I am signing, as follows:
I release Headwaters Outfitters, Inc., its employees, contractors, volunteers, directors and owners (“Released Parties”) from any and all claims of injury or loss which I, or the minor child for whom I sign, may suffer, arising out of or in any way related to my, or the child’s, enrollment in or participation in the activities of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. or the use of its equipment. Neither I, the minor child, nor anyone acting on our behalf, will bring suit or otherwise assert any such claims against a Released Party.
I will indemnify (that is, defend and satisfy by payment or reimbursement, including costs and Attorneys’ fees) each Released Party from any claim of liability, including one brought by or for a minor child for whom I sign, a co-participant in any of the activities of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc., a rescuer, a member of my, or the minor child’s family, or anyone else, asserting a loss arising out of or in any way related to my, or the child’s, enrollment in or participation in the activities of Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. or the use of its equipment.
The agreements of release and indemnification above include claims arising in whole or in part from negligent (but not grossly negligent, reckless or intentionally wrong) acts or omissions of Released Parties or any of them, and all other claims, including for personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, products liability (including strict liability), breach of contract or warranty, or otherwise. The agreements are intended to be enforced to the fullest extent allowed by law, and to be binding on me as Participant and on me as parent or guardian of a minor Participant, individually and on behalf of the minor for whom I sign.
I authorize Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. to provide or obtain for me, or the minor child for whom I sign, such medical care as it considers necessary and appropriate and I agree to pay all costs associated with such care and related transportation. Any dispute between Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. and me or the minor child for whom I sign will be governed by the substantive laws of the State of North Carolina (not including laws which might apply the laws of another jurisdiction), and any mediation or suit shall take place only in that State, in the County of Transylvania. If the dispute cannot be resolved by mutual agreement, I agree to submit it to a mediator recognized by the Courts of North Carolina and Transylvania County. I agree to pay all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by Provider in defending a claim or suit brought by me or by or on behalf of the minor for whom I sign, if the claim or suit is withdrawn or to the extent a court or mediator determines that Headwaters Outfitters, Inc. is not responsible for the claim or loss:
[Part VI] This agreement is entered into voluntarily, and after careful consideration. Its terms cannot be amended except in writing. I understand that it is binding, to the fullest extent allowed by law, upon all persons signing below, our respective heirs, executors, administrators, wards, minor children (whether or not they are Clients) and other family members. If any part of this agreement is found by a Court or other appropriate authority to be invalid, the remainder of the agreement nevertheless shall be in full force and effect.
[Part VII] I also understand and acknowledge that naturally occurring disease processes (including, but not limited to, the currently widespread novel virus COVID-19) can occur in all environments including on the grounds, facilities, and equipment. I acknowledge and agree that it is ultimately my sole responsibility to take all steps necessary to safeguard myself from possible exposure. I understand and agree that by engaging in participation, I am accepting and assume the risk I may be exposed to COVID-19 or other disease processes. I also understand that I have been asked to watch the Paddling Safety Video prior to my trip date. I agree it is the responsiblity of myself and my group to follow the safety reccomendations of Headwaters Outfitters.
I agree that any film or photographs of me/us, as participants, become your property and may be used for promotional or commercial purposes.
I HAVE READ THE FOREGOING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY, AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.
I UNDERSTAND THAT BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT I MAY BE WAIVING VALUABLE LEGAL RIGHTS.
Dated: May 30, 2020