Do I need Adventurous Sports Insurance?
There's a degree of risk to most sports, but particularly the adventurous ones.
Having the right cover in place before you go on holiday means you can try exciting and adventurous sports without worrying about what might happen if something goes wrong.
Admiral Travel Insurance covers a wide range of sports, but let’s take a look at which ones you’re covered for as standard and which you’ll need to pay a bit extra for.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover
Our travel insurance now covers you for certain events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
What we cover
- Emergency medical and repatriation costs if you become ill with COVID-19 while abroad
- If you contract COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip departure and have to cancel or cut short your trip
- You’re denied boarding on your prebooked outbound travel due to a positive COVID-19 test
- If a close relative is hospitalised with COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip meaning you can’t travel, or if you’re forced to cut short your trip for this reason
- You can't continue with a pre-booked excursion because you've been ordered to self isolate by a government authority because you contracted Covid-19 while on your trip
What we don’t cover
- If you had reason to believe your trip may be cancelled, postponed or cut short when you booked it, purchased your policy or travelled e.g. you knew of a need to take a test, you were awaiting test results or experiencing symptoms
- Cancelling your trip because you choose to or were recommended to self-isolate due to potential exposure to COVID-19 e.g. NHS track and trace
- If you travel against Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice. You will need to check the travel advice for all countries you visit or will transit through
- Cancelling or cutting short your trip due to the FCDO changing its advice regarding your destination or countries you will transit through due to COVID-19
- Costs incurred as a result of a local outbreak of COVID-19 that meant you couldn’t stay in your pre-booked accommodation or vessel
- Due to travel restrictions or quarantine imposed by any government or public authority, including local lockdowns and compulsory entry requirements
- Where a travel companion or close business associate not insured on this policy or anyone you planned to stay with contract COVID-19
- Where you were denied boarding for your prebooked outbound travel, but you test negative for COVID-19
For more information about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your travel cover, see our FAQ page. And remember to check the policy booklet carefully before you buy to make sure our COVID-19 cover meets your needs.
What's covered under standard travel insurance?
Many of the sports you might want to do on holiday are covered by our standard holiday insurance.
These activities don’t require an extra payment on top of your standard travel insurance – and you’ll be covered for personal accident and personal liability too:
Canoeing (up to grade two rivers)
Fishing Kayaking (up to grade two rivers)
Parasailing (over water)
Yachting (inside territorial waters)
White/black water rafting (up to grade four rivers)
* If you’re a qualified scuba diver, you'll be covered as long as you’re not diving deeper than 30m. For unqualified scuba divers, the limit is 18m. (See policy wording for more conditions around scuba diving cover).
Cycling (excludes racing and extreme terrain)
Hiking (up to 4000m altitude)
Hot air ballooning
Trekking (up to 4000m altitude)
Extreme sports travel insurance: how to get covered for hazardous activities
If you couldn’t see your chosen activity on the list above, don't panic. Adrenaline junkies out there can still try that once-in-a-lifetime bucket list activity – you’ll just need to pay a little extra to be covered.
When buying travel insurance through Admiral, you’ll get the option to add extra cover for a specific hazardous activity. Just select the sport or activity you’ll be taking part in and pay the extra cost to get cover.
Bear in mind all hazardous sports and activities on our list exclude cover for personal accident and personal liability:
Bungee jumping (maximum three jumps)
Canoeing (rivers over grade 2)
Kayaking (rivers over grade two)
Kite surfing (over land)
Scuba diving to depths between 30m and 50m (requires qualification)
White/black water rafting (rivers over grade four)
Yachting (outside territorial waters)
If you'd like to be insured for a sport that’s not listed, contact our team to find out if we can arrange cover for you.
What level of cover do I need?
Now you know what activities are covered as standard and which require an extra payment, you need to choose the right cover for your trip. We break travel down into three zones:
- Worldwide excluding USA, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico
Emergency medical treatment repatriation (Limits up to)
Cancellation or cutting short your trip (Limits up to)
Personal belongings (Limits up to)
Money & documents (Limits up to)
See the full list of benefits in the policy summary booklet.
Winter sports insurance: make sure you're covered
If you're taking to the slopes to go skiing or snowboarding, you'll need to add our winter sports insurance to your standard cover.
As well as covering you in case of accidents or injury on the slopes, winter sports insurance means you'll get compensation if your equipment is lost, stolen or damaged. It also covers you if your trip is affected by severe weather, like avalanches.
Without the upgrade, your trip won't be covered at all but adding it means you'll get all the standard protection included in our single trip and annual policies as well as cover for the sport you'll be taking part in.
Limitations and exclusions
As is always the case with insurance, there are certain limitations and exceptions that could invalidate your cover.
If you're over a certain age, you may be excluded from adventurous sports cover while on holiday. For Admiral's winter sports insurance, travellers over 65 aren't covered. For sports covered under standard policies, the limit varies between 75 and 85 years of age.
You won't be covered if you're injured as a result of your own reckless behaviour. This includes:
- Deliberately injuring yourself
- Being under the influence of drugs, solvents or excessive amounts of alcohol
- Not following the safety precautions while taking part in an activity
For a full list of exceptions, see the General Exclusions section in our policy documents.
What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
A pre-existing medical condition is a short or long term illness or injury you have or have had before you buy travel insurance. This includes having symptoms, tests, diagnosis or medical treatment for a condition.
You can declare your pre-existing medical conditions during the quote process to see if we can offer cover. If you’re unsure what needs to be declared or if you're unable to find your condition on the medical conditions list, please contact us on 0333 234 9913.
Your pre-existing medical conditions won’t be covered unless you’ve:
- Declared them all on your policy
- Received written confirmation that we’ll cover your medical condition
- Paid any additional premium in full
Policy terms and conditions apply. Please note, if you’ve had a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 and been prescribed medication, received treatment, or had a consultation with a doctor or hospital specialist for any medical condition in the past two years, this needs to be declared on your policy.
If you don’t tell us about your pre-existing medical conditions or give us incorrect information, your policy may be invalid, and we may refuse all or part of any claim you submit.
For a quote with us, click the green button above.
The Money Advice Service Medical Directory
If you have or have had a more serious pre-existing medical condition and are struggling to find travel insurance, the Money Advice Service medical directory may be able to help. This directory has a panel of travel insurance providers who specialise in covering serious medical conditions.
Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 138 7777. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
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