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Choose the right sports cover level
Holidays are a great time to get active and over 100 sports are covered as Standard on all of our policies at no extra cost. However, for the more adventurous activities, extra sports cover (referred to as Sports Grades) will need to be added to your Single Trip, Annual Multi Trip or Backpacker policy so that you can have fun the safe way.
What are Sports Grades?
For the purpose of our policies, sports and hazardous activities are assigned to a Sports Grade which corresponds to the level of risk involved. The more extreme your sport, the higher the Sports Grade you need.
- Sports Grade 1 - Activities like cycling, jet-skiing and kayaking don't require extra cover, we cover 110 sports at no extra cost
- Sports Grade 2 - Activities like bungee jumping, safari and motorcycling (and more) require extra sports cover to be added to your policy
- Sports Grade 3 - Activities like paragliding, black water rafting, tandem sky diving require extra sports cover to be added to your policy
- Sports Grade 4 - High risk activities such as off piste skiing, canyoning and rock climbing require the highest level of sports cover
Adding extra sports cover is easy!
Simply get a quote above and select which Sports Grade you need. A full list of sports and hazardous activities, grouped by grade, have also been provided in the help box beside this.
Not sure which Sports Grade you need?
Don’t worry, simply search for the activity in the sports search box below and we’ll tell you which Sports Grade to choose.
Sports Injuries Medical Cover
Providing that you have the correct Sports Grade for the sport you're doing and that you're taking part in the sport in a non-professional capacity you will be covered fully for any subsequent medical costs in the event of an injury.
Experts' Top Tip: Driving to the airport? Our Meet & Greet airport parking services are ideal if you're travelling with sports equipment as you can avoid lugging heavy equipment & luggage by dropping your car at departures.
Add Extra Cover
You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.
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