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Scuba Diving (up to 50 metres) Travel Insurance

If you are planning a trip abroad and will be Scuba Diving to 30 metres, you will need to have a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave your home.

Scuba Diving is distinguished from other types of Diving and Swimming because the Diver carries a varaible mix of oxygen and air, as opposed to simply holding their breath. Scuba Divers can cover much greater distances underwater and reach greater depths. The very tank that is used by scuba divers gives the sport its name, scuba is short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. People who want to dive deeper than 18 metres must be PADI qualified. 50 metres is the maximum depth allowed on a recreational dive anywhere in the world. We can provide cover for those who wish to do Night Scuba Diving as well.

World Nomads offers Travel Insurance if you are a Resident of a European or Worldwide country and you are planning to take part in Scuba Diving to 50 metres whilst on your trip.

You can also add high value items, such as Sports Gear, Technical Equipment and Cameras, and Personal Items.

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Please check the Terms and Conditions for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

To get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 047 5065 (FREE) or 01273 773 017 info@jsinsurance.co.uk

Summary of Cover

Section & Cover Standard Explorer  
Cancellation or Curtailment £3,000 £5,000  
Medical and Repatriation £5,000,000 £10,000,000  
Personal Baggage £1,000 £2,000  
Personal Money - £500  
Missed Connection - £1,000  
Natural Catastrophe - £1,000  
Rental Car Excess - £1,500  
Footprints Donation * £1.00 £1.00  

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Pre Existing Medical Conditions

If you have pre existing medical conditions and you plan to do Scuba Diving to 40 metres  whilst travelling abroad, we are able to provide you with a policy.

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Scuba Diving (up to 50 metres)

Scuba Diving is mostly a recreational activity, very popular during vacations in tropical places, for example, but is sometimes also done by professional Divers, whether it is for Spear Fishing, Underwater Photography, Scientific Research, Rescue, and even Combat.

People who want to dive deeper than 18 metres must be PADI qualified. Generally speaking, most recreational dives are up to 30 metres deep, meaning that all participants need to have a PADI certificate. Depending on the official diving agencies of specific destinations, recreational dives are limited to a depth of 42 to 50 metres. In other words, 50 metres is as deep you can go on a recreational dive.

  • PADI Open Water - 18 metres
  • PADI Advanced Open Water - 30 metres
  • BSAC Ocean Diver - 20 metres
  • BSAC Sports Diver - 35 metres
  • BSAC Dive Leader - 50 metres

Personal Accident and Personal Liability

JS Travel Insurance can provide cover for Scuba Diving and will include Personal Accident and Personal Liability. These policies are not available online and you will need to contact us for a quote.

Common Injuries

While Scuba Diving is an exciting and popular sport, it is possible to sustain injuries or illness when diving. Some of these include:

  • Decompression sickness can result in serious dangerous conditions such as disability or even death. Absolutely make sure to make decompression stops when ascending.
  • Injuries resulting from a change in air pressure may include damaged sinuses or ruptured ear drums. It is therefore necessary to make sure that you equalise the pressure at different depth when ascending.
  • Oxygen toxicity takes place when a diver exceeds the maximum depth of a breathing gas. In the most extreme cases, this can result in a seizure, which in turn can cause the diver to drown.
  • Nitrogen narcosis is caused when divers breathe in the gas when they are underwater. This may result in inebriated or sometimes even hallucinogenic states the severity depends on the depth the diver is at.
  • Hypothermia can occur even in mild water. Therefore, wearing a wetsuit is vital.

Most importantly for divers going to this depth of water, 30 metres is the depth at which symptoms of nitrogen narcosis can occur. This is a condition that temporarily alters the consciousness, affecting the senses and movements of a diver and causing them to experience numbness. It can also lead to hallucinations. Needless to say; at a depth of 50 metres the risks are higher than at shallower depths.

Provided you are Scuba Diving with a certified Dive Marshall, Guide or Instructor, Scuba Diving is covered by your Travel Insurance to the confirmed depths per certification grade, as is listed below. If you are qualified, and are not diving by yourself, you are covered when you stay within the guidelines of the particular training or diving or training organisation or agency.

In this case, Scuba Diving to a depth of 50 metres, you will only be covered by our Travel Insurance if you have a BSAC Dive Leader certification and stay within the applicable guidelines of the company, agency or organisation you use.

European and Worldwide Residents

World Nomads offers Travel Insurance if you are a Resident of a European or Worldwide country and you are planning to take part in Scuba Diving (up to 50 metres) whilst on your trip.

You can also add high value items, such as Sports Gear, Technical Equipment and Cameras, and Personal Items.

GET A QUOTE ONLINE

Please check the Terms and Conditions for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

Important Information

You are required at all times to wear the appropriate safety equipment, for example protective clothing and / or suitable head protection.

You are not covered by Travel Insurance, if you dive within 24 hours of departure of your return trip to your home country.

All of the information we provide about travel insurance is a brief summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all countries, states or provinces. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage. WorldNomads.com Pty Limited (ABN 62 127 485 198 AR 343027) at Governor Macquarie Tower, Level 18, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia is an Authorised Representative of Cerberus Special Risks Pty Limited (ABN 81 115 932 173 AFSL 308461) and is underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd's.


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