Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

1 FUNDAMENTAL RULES

1.1 SAFETY

- A boat or support person shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger.

- A boat shall carry adequate life-saving equipment for all persons on board, including one item ready for immediate use, unless her class rules

make some other provision. Each participant is individually responsible for wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions.

1.2 ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES

- By participating or intending to participate in an event conducted under the rules, each participant and boat owner agrees to accept the rules.

- A support person by providing support, or a parent or guardian by permitting their child to enter an event, agrees to accept the rules.

- Each boat owner agrees, on behalf of their support persons, that such support persons are bound by the rules.

- The person in charge of each boat shall ensure that all participants, the crew and the boat’s owner are aware of their responsibilities under this

rule.

- All boats must not exceed the speed limit provided

- These rules may be changed by a prescription of the national authorities of the Maldives.

2 LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS

- Importing or possessing drugs can carry severe penalties, including life imprisonment.

- Possession of alcohol, and being intoxicated is prohibited by law, outside resort islands.

- Maldives is a 100% Islamic country.

- Violations of local laws may lead to adverse consequences.

- Visitors are expected to respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times, including dressing conservatively and be aware of your

actions to ensure that they do not offend.

- Visitors must be sensitive to local dress standards when on inhibited islands. Cover your shoulders and avoid short or tight-fitting shorts (men and

women); when bathing, cover arms and upper legs. Nudism and topless sunbathing are not allowed anywhere, including on resort islands.

- Same-sex relations are illegal and convicted offenders could face lengthy prison sentences and fines.

- Alcoholic drinks are only available on resort islands and floating bars. Do not take any alcohol away from a resort island.

- Mariners in possession of firearms must surrender them to the local authorities.

3 POSSIBLE CHANGE IN DATES

- The date of the event and its activities may be subject to change depending on the guidelines by the Health Protection Agency of the Maldives

pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic.

- When and if an activity is rescheduled to dates different from the dates stated in the itinerary, all boats entered shall be notified.

4 PROHIBITED ITEMS

- Firearms and explosives

- Alcoholic beverages

- Pork products

- Pornography and pornographic material

- Materials deemed contrary to Islam including ‘idols for worship’ and bibles

- Illegal drugs