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Extreme Sports Need Maximum Cover

01/08/2010

Parents need to ensure 'Gappers' are fully covered for Adventure Activities

Whether they are planning to Flashpack India, Island-Hop Thailand or explore New Zealand in a VW Camper during their gap year, like it or not, students are almost certainly going to find themselves making the most of cheaper extreme sports and adventure activities on their travels. That's why leading online travel insurance provider insurewithease.com is encouraging parents to make sure their kids are fully covered - and know what they won't be covered for - when they head off on their gap year.

Insurewithease.com offers peace of mind for parents back home, with a 24/7 worldwide medical assistance helpline, and a backpacker policy that offers cover for a wide range of extreme and adventure sports. Sarah Findlay, insurewithease.com Online Marketing Manager explains why this is so important.

"The International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ) recently published a list of 15 activities frequently excluded from insurance policies, and I'm pleased to say that insurewithease.com's Backpacker policy offers cover for 10 of these, including Scuba Diving, Abseiling and Canyoning. The policy covers more than 25 different sports and activities as standard, and can be tailored to cover up to 100.

"There are of course some sports that we cannot cover even through add-ons, as this would push up the cost of policies dramatically. And as we know gappers are usually on a budget, we want to make sure they can afford cover for most activities. So it's important that they check their policy documents carefully, and familiarise themselves with what is and is not covered.

"Some of the more unusual sports for which insurewithease.com does offer cover, which may sound to many parents like new dance moves, include Snow Kiting, Hydro Zorbing and even Heli-Skiing!

"Thankfully you are unlikely to know, until you see the photographic evidence, that your son or daughter has leapt from a plane, abseiled a 300 foot cliff or bungee jumped from the highest bridge in New Zealand. But, for some unfortunate gappers, the news of their latest escapade reaches their parents in a less palatable form - via a doctor at the local hospital."

Sarah Findlay continues "For many students, a gap year is a once in a lifetime experience, and we believe gappers should take every opportunity going to make that experience one they'll remember for the rest of their life - for the right reasons! We understand that thrill seeking attitude and want our insurance to give them the freedom to have a fantastic time abroad - after all, gap year travellers have a reputation for thrill seeking to uphold!

"By making sure their adventurous offspring are fully covered for adventure activities and extreme sports, parents will be able to sleep easy back home safe in the knowledge that if something does go wrong, they won't have to arrange or fund expensive medical treatment on the other side of the world. And they can stay in touch through the 24 hour helpline too."

When buying insurewithease.com Backpacker insurance, it is quick and easy to select extra cover for more extreme activities, as required, meaning you only pay for the level of cover the gapper needs.

ITIJ Frequently Excluded Activities:

Sport or Activity Cover offered by insurewithease.com?
AbseilingYes
Base-JumpingNo
CanyoningYes
ClimbingYes
Heli-SkiingYes
HuntingNo
Ice HockeyYes
MotorsportsYes
Off-piste SkiingYes
ParachutingYes
PoloNo
PotholingNo
Power BoatingNo
Scuba DivingYes
TobogganingYes

Helpline provided by ONE Assist Ltd, telephone number appears on the policy wording

'A Sporting Chance,' ITIJ May 2010

Off-piste skiing is covered if you are within the boundaries of a recognised resort area designed for public use and are not skiing in areas marked out of bounds or hazardous by the piste authorities.

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