Travel Insurance with Scuba Diving
Make sure that your travel insurance policy covers you for diving to the appropriate depth: many policies have a 30 m limit which is not always enough. Even if you don't plan to go deeper than 30 m there is always a chance you may overshoot, or circumstances dictate that you go deeper. We recommend always travelling with at least 40 m cover. Your policy should also include:
- medical and health cover for an injury or sudden illness abroad
- repatriation to your home country should it be medically necessary
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance
- personal liability cover in case you're sued for causing injury or damaging property
- lost and stolen possessions cover
- cancellation and curtailment (cutting short your trip) cover
- cover for other outdoor activities that are commonly excluded from standard policies
- personal accident cover
- legal expenses cover
- financial protection if your airline goes bankrupt before or during your trip
We've found two travel insurance companies that offer great deals for divers, and tick all our boxes. If you live in the UK or Republic of Ireland then Essential Travel offers specialist dive travel insurance at an extremely reasonable rate (from £7.88 a week) with: diving cover down to 50 m if you are appropriately qualified; Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia included under the Europe price. Get a Quote...
If you live outside the UK we recommend World Nomads travel insurance, which is designed for travellers who like to take part in adventurous sports and activities. They also offer cover down to 50 m (depending on your country of residence and qualifications). For every World Nomads policy purchased from here, we will donate the equivalent of 5% of the premium price to the Footprints charity project of your choice. See below for more details of World Nomads.
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Essential Travel offer some great deals for SCUBA divers from the UK or Ireland. They have three grades of cover:
- For diving to a depth of 50 metres if either appropriately qualified (eg BSAC Dive Leader) or diving with a qualified instructor, choose Grade 3 cover. It currently costs from just £15.75 for one week's diving in Europe or the Egyptian Red Sea. (Note, Egypt is covered under Europe.)
- For diving no deeper than 30 metres, choose Grade 2 cover from £11.81.
- For dives to 20 metres choose Grade 1 cover from £7.88 a week.
Essential Travel also offer discounted airport parking.
Note: please check the Essential Travel web site before booking to make sure no policy or price changes have taken place since this page was written.
World Nomads travel insurance is available to residents of over 150 countries. It is designed for travellers who like to take part in adventurous sports and activities. Depending on your qualifications and country of residence, World Nomads offer SCUBA diving cover down to 50 m. Get a quote below and then see if you can upgrade your cover for adventure sports if you wish to increase your depth limit. (For the UK, for example, choose level 3 for scuba diving to 50 m.) Many other adventure activities are also covered. You can start and finish your trip pretty much anywhere. This is one of the reasons World Nomads policies are different from those of other travel insurance companies.
For every policy purchased through one of the links below, we will donate the equivalent of 5% of your purchase price to the Footprints project of your choice. The Footprints program supports a range of community projects around the world, including: protecting Nicaragua's sea turtles through community development, protecting children in Vanuatu and food security through organic farming in the Philippines.
Cover for a range of adventure activities, including diving
Depending on your qualifications and country of residence, World Nomads offer SCUBA diving cover down to 50 m. Get a quote above and then see if you can upgrade your cover for adventure sports to increase your depth limit.
Many other adventure activities are also covered: such as parascending, shark cage diving to 50 m, rock climbing, kite boarding and hang gliding.
Flexibility when you need it most
Had a change of plans? You can extend your policy indefinitely or claim online while you are still away. You can even buy a World Nomads policy if you're already travelling.
Trusted reliable underwriters
WorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.
Value for money with the cover you need
WorldNomads.com provides cover for what's important for travellers from over 150 countries. By focusing on what you need and leaving out what you don't, World Nomads prices are some of the most competitive online.
World Nomads keeps you travelling safely
All WorldNomads.com members have access to up-to-date travel safety alerts, as well as travel safety advice and tips online through the World Nomads Travel Safety Hub.
When you travel to far out places you often receive generous and gracious hospitality from local people, even when they don't have much themselves.
Footprints aggregates many small contributions from people all over the world fund specific community projects, helping people who struggle with basic needs for food, water, housing, health and safety.
Find out more about the Footprints network and how you can help.