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Backpacking travel insurance recommendations?

Any world travel insurance with skydiving recommendations please?
11 years ago, February 7th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #26939  
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Can anyone recommend a good priced travel insurance company. I am from the UK, and am finding it hard to get travel insurance at a decent rate, that will cover me for skydiving (once).
Can anyone give any recommendations?

I am looking for world cover (Inc USA, AU, NZ), for about 6 months.

Or has anyone been able to get skydiving insurance from the company providing the jump?

Any advice would be appreciated, cos i'm sick of trawling through policy documents! Reply to this

11 years ago, February 7th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #26948  
Hi Graham,

I have also been having the same problem!

STA do travel insurance and skydiving is covered in their blue (under 35's) and gold standard policies. It's a shame that the rest of the service doesn't look as good as some others and it's still pretty expensive.
If you find any other options I would be really interested in hearing about them!
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11 years ago, February 7th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #26952  
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STA was the first quote I got, but they do appear really expensive. It was turning out that 4 months cover with them was more expensive than 6 months with most other insurance companies.
I know they covered the skydiving, but can it really justify the price?

I am hoping to get some confirmation that I can get extra insurance from a skydive company for the jump. Then I just need the travel insurance to cover smaller things like bungy jumping, maybe kayaking and riding a motorbike. Reply to this

11 years ago, February 7th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #26955  
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List from the British Parachuting Association - and a check list worth reading.

Worth noting that there is a distinction between a tandem skydive - with an instructor and a skydiving course - where you pull the cord yourself (after several days training).

Travelblog's recommended travel insurance - doesn't include skydiving - which is a shame - I strongly recommend making sure that what ever you do you have travel insurance - and for activities that are outside the norm - make sure you are covered by either the operator or your own policy before taking part. Reply to this

11 years ago, February 8th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #26988  
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Hi Graham,

Welcome to TravelBlog :-)

Freefall Lake Taupo (Taupo, NZ) offer free insurance for tandem jumps if the booking is made online. Make sure you read the terms and conditions though, haven't checked them out. Reply to this

11 years ago, February 8th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #27044  
Hi Jo,

Thanks for that info; I was planning on doing my jump at Taupo anyway because I've heard lots of good things about it, so the free insurance there is definitely a bonus!
I'm going for a year and need extra insurance for my camera so i was going to have to fork out well over £400 to STA - Not something i wanted to do! Reply to this

11 years ago, February 8th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #27045  
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Thanks, thats some good advice guys cheers!

I am still looking around, but might just do the Taupo free insurance company for the jump, and not bother having it on the travel insurance.
http://www.gapyeartravel.com offer fairly cheap cover, allowing me to pop back home which I need to do without ending the insurance. They "cover" skydiving, but it excludes personal accident insurance!?!?! Reply to this

10 years ago, September 16th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #48940  
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one question to all: why do you need insurance for skydiving??? one mistake and you are DEAD!!!! no need to pay you! I did skydiving in the US without any health insurance but I went up and said "all or nothing!"
Or you mean how to get home your dead body?

I am leaving to travel asia for a year and just bought worldnomads.com!
was that a good choice??
thank you Reply to this

10 years ago, September 17th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #48941  
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Hi Adrie,

Take it from someone (me) who was involved in the skydive industry for a couple of years, and both witnessed accidents and was personally involved in one - accidents do happen, both tandem and solo jumpers.

Every parachute actually contains two canopies, one is a reserve in case the first has to be chopped. Only the minority of skydive accidents result in death - many involve long months of rehab, very expensive if you aren't covered.

In the worst case senario, think of the family of the victim. If the accident happens overseas they may not be able to pay for the body to be repatriated, or may be financially dependent on the victim.

*Didn't mean that to imply skydiving accidents happen regularly. Given the number of jumps which occur they are rare. But face it - however rare, accidents in general are a fact of life.
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10 years ago, September 19th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #49231  
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Ok. thanks for the reply.

Glad I did the jump before I read that!

I wanted to (and did) get insurance incase I had an accident and was turned into a vegetable. It's better to be safe than sorry, even without thinking of the worse case scenario. But yeah, at least do your family a favour, even if its too late for yourself.

Never let the "what if" put you off doing something. Reply to this

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