Learn out about accessibility onboard Charter 1’s sailing catamaran, Capella. For tours departing Rottnest Island and Fremantle.
Charter 1’s tours and experiences are open to all abilities – we love seeing as many people as possible experience the wonder of snorkeling and sailing, however there is a serious side that does need to be acknowledged. Being on a vessel in open water carries risks which can have very serious and even fatal consequences. Our job is to minimize these and to keep you informed along the way. Safety is a joint responsibility and fitness to board is individual. Our aim is to provide as much information as possible so that you can make a determination for yourself on whether this experience is right for you.
If something isn’t listed or you have further questions, please give us a call on 0499 444 796 at any time – we are here to help!
Please Note: As a commercially licensed operator we are bound by law to follow all safety and operational procedures, with strict penalties for non-compliance. For this reason, in the event the captain feels this will be compromised, we reserve the right to deny access.
Naturally, this is the most common area of concern, and the most difficult to explain over the phone. Therefore, we have put together a video to visually takes you through the process of boarding (showing an example), accessing all areas of the vessel, and the process of getting in and out of the water. As a traditional sailing vessel, engineered for such purpose, there are some physical limitations that we cannot overcome or change. There are no gangways or ramps so the ability to use a ladder safely is imperative, as well as to be able to follow evacuation procedures in the very rare event of a vessel evacuation.
THE USE OF FLOTATION AIDS
All water-based activities require a minimum level of fitness and swimming ability, un-aided. This is asked during the online booking process. We recognize that not everyone fits this criteria but may wish to swim near the boat with an aid, with the support of a companion. This is not a problem, as long as you agree to follow crew instructions and not venture too far. We have a limited number of pool noodles that can be used, or you may wish to bring your own. Capella’s life jackets are commercially certified and must remain stowed at all times, except in an emergency. They cannot be used as flotation aids.
MOBILITY AIDS AND PRAMS
Unfortunately they cannot be used whilst onboard but may be used to get to the vessel and be store (folded) in a lower cabin, subject to their required space. The same is asked for items such as eskies as they act as trip hazards blocking Capella’s narrow walkways and exit paths. Capella is a blue-water capable vessel and thus all seating is in-built (for up to 24). This means lots of places to sit or lounge comfortably but means less “open” space for storing loose items.
COMPANION CARD HOLDERS
Companions who are required to travel as support are asked to contact us on 0499 444 796. Charter 1 endeavors to ensure those who require a companion to participate are not prevented from doing so. Discounts are made available for direct bookings which will vary depending on ticket availability and costs incurred. We do our best to minimize these in a fair and transparent way for you.
HEARING / SIGHT IMPAIRMENTS
Our safety briefing is available in print form for those who require it. Please ask our friendly crew for a copy on the day. The ability to communicate directly or indirectly with the crew is critical in the case of any emergency or incident which requires deviation from the normal tour routine. As long as this remains possible, we’d love to have you onboard!