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Holidays aren't always about relaxing - many people take a trip away with the intention of getting active, and that's why we cover over 100 sports as standard on our policies. However, for more adventurous activities it's important that you ensure you have the correct cover in place for your activity. We offer four different grades of sports cover in order to help you tailor your insurance according to risk factor.
Please note that if you plan to take part in any sports activities in a competitive or professional capacity, you will need to get in touch with our team at 0800 014 2709, as our standard policies may not be applicable.
For the purpose of our policies, sports and hazardous activities are assigned to a Sports Grade which corresponds to the level of risk involved. These need to be added onto the insurance you are purchasing - whether you're after a Single Trip, an Annual Multi Trip or even a Backpacker policy - in order that you can enjoy an activity-filled vacation knowing that you're covered. The more extreme your sport, the higher the Sports Grade you'll need for your travel insurance - for example, if you wanted to do bungee jumping you would opt for Sports Grade 3 as it would be considered a relatively high-risk activity, whilst cycling is covered at no extra cost.
It's really important that your insurance covers you for every sport you partake in so please be sure you choose the right policy - the more extreme the sport you undertake, the higher your premium is likely to be, but if you opt for the cheapest price you may find you're not covered for higher risk activities.
Use our quick summary below to compare each Sports Grade and what it can offer. It can be really beneficial to have an idea of the activities you're planning to participate in, as you'll be able to identify which Grade your planned activity falls under prior to your holiday.
If any of the activities you plan to undertake during your adventure fall under Sports Grade 2, 3 or 4, you to will have to add extra cover to your quote. Adding the extra cover for your planned activities couldn't be simpler - on the last page before payment, you will be given a list of extras to add to your policy. Simply tick the box to indicate you wish to add 'hazardous activity' cover to your policy, enter the sports you are planning to participate in and we will work out your premium.
You can even see the difference in price as you add each sport you wish to cover, meaning that if you pick a sport which pushes your cover higher than your budget will allow, you'll be able to reevaluate the activities you have planned to ensure your policy works out at a price which suits you.
Get a quote using the form above and once you have chosen your level of cover you will be given the option to add extra cover. Here you will be able to add the sports and activities in which you will be participating.
We can provide cover for more than 25 different winter sports including ski travel insurance for on and off-piste skiing. As you make your way through the booking process you will be able to add specialised snow sports cover to your policy giving you extra protection for equipment, mountain rescue, helicopter rescue and repatriation.
Should you sustain any serious illness or bodily injury during participation in a sport you have chosen to cover, you'll benefit from our Emergency Assistance Service which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This service provides professional advice and assistance, as well as being able to make arrangements for hospital admission, repatriation and authorisation of medical expenses. Please note we can only provide cover for sport in a non-professional capacity.
You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition it's vital that you declare it or you could invalidate your entire policy. Insurers don't like to think that you've hidden things from them and you may be surprised to find out that many common medical conditions such as allergies can be added without any additional cost.
A decent policy will include cover for many sporty or adventure activities as standard. However the more adventurous or dangerous the activity, like winter sports, the more likely it is that you will need to purchase additional sports insurance. You can customise your policy further a number of other specialist add-ons.
Adding Winter Sports cover to your Single, Annual or Backpacker insurance policy allows you to take part in over 25 winter sports, as well as providing:
Medical Cover: you will be covered for emergency medical expenses that occur should you have an accident and require medical attention including cover for mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation
Equipment: Winter Sports cover also provides peace of mind against any theft, loss or damage to your personal or hired equipment as well as any pre-paid fees.winter sports cover →
Regardless of your handicap, cover for your golf equipment and pre-paid green fees can be added to your policy giving you nothing else to work on except your game.
Simply add extra golf protection to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy to add extra protection for:
Self employed or working for a company, if you travel for work you can add extra protection against accidental loss, theft or damage to your business equipment to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policies.
Business cover protects equipment such as cameras, mobiles, laptops that you may need to work or have with you in meetings.business trip insurance →
Sail the seas worry-free by adding extra cover for missed port, cabin confinement and unused excursions to any of our Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip travel insurance policies.
Cruise cover will add extra protection for:
If you're planning on tying the knot abroad, extra cover for accidental loss, theft or damage to your wedding clothes, rings, gifts and photos can be added to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy, to help ensure that your special day is everything its meant to be.
Should you need to claim on your travel insurance an Excess is the amount that you'll have to pay before we pick up the rest of the bill.
Avoid paying any excesses by adding the Excess Waiver option to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy.find out more →
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