Extreme sports and winter sports cover abroad

FCO Travel Aware

For many people, travelling abroad is about having the adventure of a lifetime. Adrenaline junkies seek out new thrills in foreign countries to make their trip truly unforgettable, whether it's bungee jumping or skydiving, white water rafting or kayaking.

Skiing is popular with Brits and many find themselves out on the slopes every winter, while water sports go hand in hand with beach holidays. Jet skiing, windsurfing and scuba diving are great ways to enjoy the sea.

There are advantages to taking part in these activities abroad as they can often be cheaper than at home and the locations are invariably stunning!

But how do you prepare for extreme sports abroad?

  • Buy comprehensive travel insurance that will cover you if you are injured whilst taking part in extreme sports. Certain activities are covered as standard, and there's the option to add cover for more hazardous activities. Winter sports cover is available for skiers and snowboarders. Insurewithease.com policies offer cover for a range of hazardous activities - refer to our policy wordings for details
  • Decide which activities you want to do before you travel, otherwise you might not have arranged appropriate travel insurance cover
  • If you are travelling around the world, do some research to find the best location to take part in your chosen activity
  • There are usually lots of companies and tour operators offering the same activities - shop around to find the best deal
  • Don't take part in extreme sports if you are under the influence of alcohol. For one thing it's dangerous, but also your travel insurance policy won't cover you if you injure yourself while you are intoxicated
  • Get fit before you travel, especially for prolonged excursions such as kayaking or skiing
  • Wear ski goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes during sunny days on the slopes
  • Take plenty of sunscreen, even for winter sports. On sunny days, the glare from snow can quickly burn exposed skin
  • Use water resistant sunscreen for water sports and remember to reapply it throughout the day
  • In cold climates, wear multiple layers so that you can add or take away clothing according to the temperature
  • Keep an eye out for signs of altitude sickness - symptoms could include drowsiness, nausea and headaches
  • If you are taking specialist equipment, find out if your airline can carry it and how much it will cost
  • Allow 24 hours to pass before you go scuba diving after flying. The same applies for flying after scuba diving
  • Wear a lifejacket or helmet if they have been provided or request them if you think you'll need them
  • If you are a beginner, make sure you have an instructor that knows what they are doing
  • Know your limits and don't give in to peer pressure. If your friends are taking part, it doesn't mean you have to

Extreme sports can make a holiday challenging, thrilling and exciting. Think carefully about what you need to do to prepare for a hazardous activity so that you can experience it safely and to the full.

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