Free Diving Travel Insurance
If you plan to be Free Diving whilst abroad, you should make sure you have a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave your home.
Free Diving is a type of diving that doesn't involve much equipment, there is no need for oxygen tanks and other Scuba Diving gear. This type of diving requires the divers to hold their breath for the duration of the dive, until they resurface. There are several different types of Free Diving, ranging from competitive to recreational, and from Spear Fishing, Snorkelling and underwater photography to underwater sports such as Underwater Rugby and Football.
Some people consider Free Diving to be any type of Swimming or Diving that doesn't involve equipment, while others see it as a specific breath holding underwater activity. We can provide cover for up to 30 metres, if you plan to go Free Diving
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Summary of Cover
|Section & Cover||Limit Per Person||Excess|
|Search & Rescue Cover||£50,000||£500|
|Delayed Activity Equipment||£200||-|
|Activity Equipment Hire||£300||-|
|Section & Cover||Limit Per Person||Excess|
|Loss of Personal Money||£300||£75|
|Loss of Travel Documents||£1,000||£75|
|End Supplier Failiure||£2,500||-|
There is one particular form of Free Diving, however, that gets the lion's share of publicity, the one in which participants try to reach large depths, stay underwater for long times or cover great distances on a single lungful of air.
In certain cultures, Free Diving was and still is a means of gathering food from the bottom of the sea, or collect pearls or look for treasures in a sunken ship. Even in Ancient Greece, Free Diving was described as a commercial activity, sponges were mentioned as bathing aids by both Homer and Plato. 2,000 years ago in Japan, free divers were already collecting valuable pearls.
Competitive Free Diving is a modern sport that consists of various disciplines. There are numerous categories, ranging from free immersion apnea to no-limits apnea to dynamic apnea with and without fins.
This adventure sport is regulated by two governing bodies: CMAS and AIDA, each with its own rules regarding record attempts.
The vast majority of people, however, aren't commercial or professional Free Divers, but Amateurs. They are people who simply want to enjoy diving as a leisurely activity, not restricted by rules or equipment. There are many advantages to free diving, there is no equipment needed, making it a cheap sport; divers are much faster and much more flexible; no preparation is needed; and there are no obstructing air bubbles nor distracting sounds.
Snorkelling is the ultimate example of recreational Free Diving. Cave Diving may also be done as a free dive (although it generally happens with Scuba Diving gear).
Free Diving can be done by pretty much anyone who can swim, but more experienced divers will be more successful. There are certain breath holding techniques that can be acquired and used through practice and that can greatly prolong the dive.
There is one obvious risk involved with Free Diving, especially during deep dives; the risk of running out of oxygen before reaching the surface again. Other well documented risks include shallow water blackouts, a physical condition that causes divers to faint underwater, which without oxygen tanks is often lethal; and hyperventilation, which makes divers think and feel like they have more oxygen in their body than they actually do.
Free Diving accidents are almost always related to suffocation. Therefore, in case you need First Aid or need to be transported to a hospital, it is literally vital that you have the proper Travel Insurance.
Free Diving Equipment
The beauty and freedom of Free Diving lies in the fact that no expensive equipment is needed whatsoever. Some people, however, like to use fins to increase their area of movement underwater and most people will prefer goggles to improve visibility. Swimwear is convenient as well, of course.
You are required at all times to wear the appropriate safety equipment, for example protective clothing and / or suitable head protection.
Adventures Travel Insurance is arranged for JS Travel Insurance through P J Hayman & Company Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 497103). Registered office: Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX. Reg no. 2534965. Adventures Travel Insurance is underwritten by Antares Syndicate 1274 at Lloyd’s. Antares is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.