The health, safety and well-being of all our Vikings (our guests) is of paramount importance to Viking Splash Tours.
Viking Splash Tours operate seven original World War II amphibious vehicles affectionately known as DUKWs. Every year, each vehicle must undergo a full schedule of tests and surveys (as required by the Department of Transport) to ensure that they are road and marine compliant and operate to the highest standards of health and safety.
Lifejackets: At the water entry point, customers are required to put on a lifejacket after the driver delivers an outline about safety on the water. The lifejackets supplied by Viking Splash Tours are Solas and CE approved buoyancy aids (please see the link for a description of CE approval. *Note – lifejackets in link are not exact model. For more information on our lifejackets please see our ACCESSIBILITY page.).
Seatbelts: Seatbelts are provided and all passengers are requested to wear them (with the exception of the water section of the tour, at which point the driver will ask all passengers to unbuckle seatbelts. This is to enable the fastest possible egress in the unlikely event of an accident).
Sponsons: Before entering the water, eight 2 ½ metre heavy duty rubber sponsons (large inflatable tubes) are attached to the sides of the vehicle for added buoyancy. These tubes are not required to make the vehicle float and were not in use during World War II. They have been added by Viking Splash Tours for additional safety and comfort on the water.
RIB & ORL: Ttwo staff members are on board every vehicle that enters the water and a third crew member remains on the shore to man a high-speed RIB (rigid inflatable boat) which contains a 37 person ORL (open reversible life raft) should there be an emergency on the water. It is worth noting that the RIB and ORL are additional safety features that Viking Splash Tours have on standby but, to date, have not needed to be utilised.
Communications: The second crew member is provided with a two-way radio, enabling instant communication with shore staff should an incident arise on the water. Radios are tested daily and logs are kept of all testing.
Additional: Each vehicle is equipped with an engine fire suppression system, two fire extinguishers, 2 boat-hooks and a 30-person first aid box for use in an emergency.
In order for Viking Splash Tours to operate amphibious tours in Dublin City, 10 individual licences and certificates are required. The following are the regulatory authorities:
- The RSA (Road Safety Authority)
- The Department of Transport (Marine)
- The Department of Transport (DOE, Road)
- The Garda Carriage Office (PSV)
Viking Splash Tours holds the following insurance policies:
- Road Fleet Policy
- Marine Fleet Policy
- Employers Liability
- Public Liability
Click here to view our Public Liability insurance document.
ACCESSIBILITY & SUITABILITY
Because of the age and unique nature of the DUKW, there is no ramp access to any of our vehicles. There are 6 access steps at the rear of the vehicle.
Our tours are suitable for pregnant women– the experience can be likened to taking a regular bus journey.
In the interest of health and safety please note the following:
- Children under the age of 2 are not permitted on the tour. Click HERE for more information
- All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- For large groups of children (schools, clubs, parties) the requisite ratio is a minimum of 1 adult per 13 children
- No pets are permitted on tour but guide dogs are welcome
Viking Splash Tours has an exemplary safety record stretching over 14 years.