Water Activities

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Water Activity Information

For water activity, such as swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, etc., the production will need to have someone responsible to ensure safety while crew and talent are in the water. It is best to have someone dedicated to this so their attention/focus is strictly on what is occurring in the water. Productions will need to turn in a water safety plan and credentials of the water safety person (like Red Cross certifications).

If you have the following activity, additional information will need to be submitted:

  • Productions will need to turn in a water safety plan and credentials of the water safety person (like Red Cross certifications) hired by the production. The Water Safety Letter should cover the same dates/times as noted on the film permit application
  • If an off duty County Lifeguard will be providing the water safety, the State will accept their County credentials (if applicable) and a letter from their supervisor on County letterhead attesting to their skills and years of experience. Include these with the application
  • If the production is filming with a company that provides water activities or tours (diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc), those companies already have an emergency or water safety plan for their business. You may ask if they will allow you to use their emergency or water safety plan while filming with them. If they will allow you to use their existing emergency or water safety plan for your shoot, then attach a copy of that to the application.
  • If the production is filming with a company that provides water activities or tours (diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc), obtain a copy of their valid Commercial Use Permit and submit is as part of the standard film permit application.

Use of Motorized Water Vessels

If the use of motorized water vessels prduction must also submit the following:

  • Current copies of the water vessel registrations (State of Hawaii or US Coast Guard) and credentials for the vessel captains:
    1. Boater Education Card or equivalent or
    2. Merchant Mariner Credential ‐ page with signature, page with the picture, page 4, and page 5
  • Be aware that some waters areas restrict the use of motorized water vessels and some water areas are zoned for specific activity, like swimming, paddling, etc.
  • Use of a Jet Ski – submit a copy of the Ocean Safety Card (back and front of the card) or the Kanalu K38 (back and front of the card)
  • If a vessel is moored in a State Small Boat Harbor, the permit is needed.
  • Use of a Jet Ski – submit a copy of the Ocean Safety Card (back and front of the card) or the Kanalu K38 (back and front of the card)
  • If a vessel is moored in a State Small Boat Harbor, the permit is needed.

Water Activity Sample Documents