Dale Clapperton

Dale Clapperton is a solicitor, former network engineer, and keen scuba diver and photographer.

He has published several research articles in peer-refereed legal journals on topics including intellectual property, competition, and consumer protection law.

Dale has been diving since 2013 and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster Trainee, and his bucket list includes diving Bikini Atoll.

Dale will be talking in the Exhibitor Workshop area on:
'Scuba Diving in the Courts’.

Do you owe a duty of care to your dive buddy? A discussion of several court cases in Australia and overseas which have considered the civil and criminal liability of dive professionals for personal injury sustained by their customers, and of divers for personal injury sustained by their dive buddies. One such recent case from November 2016 (Barrett v Lets Go Adventures Pty Ltd [2016] NSWDC 345) held that a dive operator was liable for breaching consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law, and awarded substantial damages.
If you are a dive store, it might be worth bookmarking