Extreme Sports Travel Insurance Policies
It can be difficult to get a travel insurance for sports, especially if the policy includes cover for extreme sports. Unsurprisingly, travel insurance companies aren’t that keen on providing cover for people who are trekking at altitude or throwing themselves out of planes. However, at Navigator we understand that everyone needs insurance, even if they are ‘high risk’, and we have policies which cover the skydivers, polo players and bungee jumpers of this world.
If you are an adrenaline junkie and get your kicks from extreme sports when you’re on holiday then it’s obviously very important you get travel insurance which covers the activities you are going to be doing. The many hair-raising activities out there fall into different categories and some extreme sports travel insurance policies will not cover every activity that exists. Some policies will cover winter sports, some will cover outdoor activities and others will cover watersports. Our Long Stay BACKPACKER and STANDARD LONGSTAY policies have 4 different Activity Packs, which cover most sports and activities, so these two policies are the best choice for adventure sports. The Short Stay and Annual Multi-Trip versions of BACKPACKER and STANDARD policies (coming soon) have Activity Packs 1-8 to choose from.
The SILVER and GOLD Short Stay and Annual Multi-Trip policies come in three different versions, Leisure, Action or Action Plus. Our SILVER and GOLD Long Stay policies only cover the Leisure range of activities as standard. If you require cover for the more hazardous Action or Action Plus activities you will need to choose BACKPACKER or STANDARD policies instead, additional cost and conditions will apply.
Whatever travel insurance cover you are getting, whether it’s for extreme sports or not, there is a wide range of potential issues to look out for. This could be the excess on your policy, special conditions relating to certain sports and activities or what happens if you lose your luggage somewhere along the way. Navigator Travel’s Travel Insurance Tips & Advice page covers the many areas you need to look out for and gives you a breakdown of what to look for when choosing your policy. Make sure you take it all in so you don’t find yourself in a hot air balloon accident wondering if your medical bills will be covered.
Navigator’s aim is to make the process of choosing your travel insurance for extreme sports as easy as possible before your holiday, giving you all the information in a straightforward format so you can concentrate on the important things, like finding a good diving instructor! We are also available to discuss any issues personally with you if required via phone or email so you know exactly what you’re getting with the policy you settle on.
Depending on the nature of your adventure holiday, there are various extreme travel insurance policies available, which fall into 3 main categories:
- Annual Multi Trip Travel Insurance
- Long Stay Single Trip Travel Insurance
- Short Stay Single Trip Travel Insurance
Whichever of the above policies you choose, make sure you select the correct level – Activity Packs 1-8 on Short Stay and Annual Multi-Trip BACKPACKER or STANDARD policies (coming soon), Activity Packs 1-4 on BACKPACKER or STANDARD Long Stay policies, or Leisure, Action or Action Plus on SILVER and GOLD policies. The Action and Action Plus levels are required for certain higher risk sports and are not available as standard on Long Stay SILVER or GOLD cover. You will find the sports categorised on the last page of our Policy Wording Documents. Please note that there are also additional conditions attached to cover for higher category sports. For these sports, there is no cover for Personal Liability claims and no cover for additional compensation for Death, Disablement, Loss of Sight/Limb. On SILVER and GOLD policies, the Medical Expenses cover applies to participation in Action and Action Plus sports, though the excess deducted from claims (normally £75 on Premier Lite Short Stay or Annual Multi-Trip policies and £50 on SILVER and GOLD Short Stay or Annual Multi-Trip policies, is increased to £200 on both policies for medical claims arising from participation in these sports. Our SILVER and GOLD Long Stay policies only cover the Leisure range of activities as standard. If you require cover for the more hazardous Action or Action Plus activities on a Long Stay policy, you will need to select BACKPACKER or STANDARD LONGSTAY policies instead. It is worth mentioning here that Personal Liability cover is also always excluded for claims arising from driving motor vehicles of any kind, boats and riding animals.
If you’re the kind of adventure traveller who is regularly out on the road and hunting down the next thrill then you’ll be looking for an annual multi-trip policy. If you’re just dipping your toes in the extreme sports world then you might only need a short term policy. If you can’t find the policy you’re looking for then call us direct on 0161 973 6435 and we will do our best to find the most suitable one for your needs.