INCLUDING RISK ASSUMPTION, LIABILITY RELEASE, AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT
This Participant Agreement (“Agreement”) affects your legal rights! Please read it carefully and ask if you have any
For the services of Maine Outdoor Adventure Club (“MOAC”), a Maine non-profit corporation, I agree for myself (and
for the minor participant if I am signing as a parent or guardian) to the following:
MOAC is a social nonprofit organization. Volunteers, who MOAC does not require to be trained, pre-qualified, tested,
or rated, and receive no compensation, organize and lead outdoor trips and activities.
2. ACTIVITIES AND RISKS
MOAC activities may include but are not limited to all-season camping and backpacking,snowshoeing and other winter
activities, socializing, nature walks, sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, wading or swimming in fresh and ocean water,
interacting with land and marine wildlife, rock climbing, mountaineering, biking, caving, cooking, fire-building, and
other outdoor activities (“Activities”), individually or collectively, as the context may require.
Participating in the Activities may be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. Risks include but are not limited
to: slipping; falling; being struck by or hitting objects; inclement weather or other natural forces; lack of fitness; poor
judgment; my own or others’ negligence; failure to wear gear appropriate to the conditions on land or water; motion
sickness or seasickness; submersion or drowning; failure to follow directions; stress; fatigue; overexertion; pathogens
and diseases, such as Lyme Disease, from other people or animals, including mosquitos or ticks; social encounters that
may spread illness, such as a flu or Covid-19; sunburn; dehydration; scrapes, bruises, severe soft-tissue injuries or
amputations; sore feet or muscles; sprains or strains; broken bones; heat- or cold-related illnesses; cardiac or
respiratory arrest; getting lost; being remote; equipment or structure malfunction or failure; vehicular accidents;
property hazards; head, neck, or spine injuries, including paralysis; other hazards of traveling on the water or in
mountainous terrain; and even death. Medical services or facilities may be limited or unavailable. Many other risks,
injuries, illnesses, and damages, including unknown or unanticipated ones, exist.
3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK
I freely acknowledge and assume all risks, inherent or otherwise, inconvenience, harm, injury, loss, disability, or
death that may occur to me or any person, or my or any property, arising directly or indirectly from, or related in
any way to, at any time, my participating in any way with any of the Activities—including free time and travel to or
from the Activities—even if caused by me, other participants, or the negligence of MOAC, its directors, employees,
volunteers, contractors, or any persons or entities affiliated with it or acting on its behalf, land owners/managers,
municipal or government providers of use permits, or their respective employees, officers, or directors, individually or
collectively, as the context may require. I fully assume the risks of using my own equipment or any equipment or
property that MOAC, a contractor, or a third party provides.
I am at all times fully and solely responsible for judging my abilities and for my own safety! I agree to equip myself
properly and take appropriate safety precautions, including developing my safety skills to participate in any of the
Activities. I understand that it is my responsibility to seek help or stop participating, if I need to do so. I understand
that MOAC does not require me to participate in any of the Activities. I want to participate despite the possible dangers
and risks and despite this Agreement. MOAC cannot and does not guarantee safety or eliminate all risks. MOAC is
not obligated to, and may not know how or be able to, provide medical care. If I am injured, I give permission for
others, including MOAC, to administer first aid, seek medical assistance, and call for help, as needed. This Agreement
shall apply to the fullest extent allowed by law to any claim whatsoever because of first aid treatment or services
rendered to me, even if caused by the negligence of MOAC or others. I assume all costs of any medical services
provided to me, including any costs associated with evacuation. I have consulted with a medical doctor with regard to
my personal medical needs. There are no health-related reasons or problems that preclude or restrict my participation.
MOAC reserves the right, at any time, to cancel or change any of the Activities. MOAC is not responsible for any
costs or expenses I may incur or have incurred in these circumstances.
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4. LIABILITY RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT
I agree to release (meaning I agree not to sue), indemnify (meaning I agree to pay or reimburse, including damages,
costs, settlements, and attorney’s fees), hold harmless, and defend MOAC, its directors, employees, volunteers,
contractors, and all persons or entities affiliated with it or acting on its behalf, land or property owners/managers,
municipal or government providers of use permits, and their respective employees, officers, and directors, individually
or collectively, as the context may require (“Released Parties”), from any and all liabilities, claims, causes of action,
and demands, to the maximum extent allowed by law, that arise in any way from, or are in any way related to, at
any time, any inconvenience, injury, death, loss, damage, or harm to me, to any other person, or to any property, in
connection, directly or indirectly, with my participation in any of the Activities or travel to or from any of the Activities.
THIS INCLUDES CLAIMS FOR THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, OTHERS, OR MYSELF, WRONGFUL DEATH,
STRICT LIABILITY FOR ABNORMALLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES, BREACH OF CONTRACT, AND ANY OTHER TYPE OF
SUIT. The release, indemnification, hold harmless, and defense include claims brought, at any time, against Released
Parties by—or on behalf of—me, my child, or others. This Agreement is intended to be enforced to the fullest extent
that the law permits only and does not include claims of wanton acts or omissions, grossly negligent acts or omissions,
or any other claims not permitted under Maine law.
5. SEVERABILITY AND ENTIRE AGREEMENT
If a court or other appropriate authority finds any part of this Agreement to be invalid, void, or unenforceable, the
remainder of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. Any invalid provision shall be modified or partially
enforced, as the case may be, to the maximum extent permitted by law to carry out the purpose of the Agreement.
This Agreement is the entire Agreement between MOAC and me. I waive any claims I might have for breach of contract
or warranty for statements or representations made outside this Agreement.
6. APPLICABLE LAW; FORUM; ATTORNEY’S FEES
The laws of the State of Maine (not including its choice-of law or conflict-of-law rules or laws that apply or might apply
the laws of another jurisdiction) shall exclusively govern this Agreement and any dispute. I consent to jurisdiction in
Maine and agree that any suit, mediation, or arbitration arising from or in any way related to this Agreement shall be
filed and occur only in the State of Maine. Any suit shall be filed exclusively in the Superior or District Court of
Cumberland County, in Portland, Maine, or in the U.S. District Court for Southern Maine. If I contest the validity of this
Agreement and do not prevail, I agree to pay all attorney’s fees and costs of MOAC in litigation.