Scuba diving travel insurance

Before you go scuba diving on holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right travel insurance. Here’s how to find cover so that you can enjoy your time underwater.

Before you go scuba diving on holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right travel insurance. Here’s how to find cover so that you can enjoy your time underwater.

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Josh Daniels
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Last Updated 8 APRIL 2022

Do I need scuba diving insurance?

If you’re going to be scuba diving on holiday, you’ll need scuba diving insurance in place in case you’re injured or have an accident. If this happens and you don’t have travel insurance, you’ll have to pay for any medical costs out of your own pocket – which could be ruinously expensive.


Will ordinary travel insurance cover me for scuba diving? 

Probably not, but it’s worth checking – look under ‘Key Features’ to see if it’s listed among the activities covered. Whether you’re covered as standard may depend on whether you’re a qualified scuba diver.

Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

If you have a serious health condition, the price you pay for travel insurance is likely to be more expensive. However, there are still many providers out there and you should be able to find affordable cover. Whatever happens, don’t be tempted to lie to an insurance provider, because if you do and then need to make a claim, it could be rejected.

When you declare medical conditions on our website, we’ll only show quotes from insurance providers who will cover all declared medical conditions, with no exclusions. 

MoneyHelper has launched a directory of insurance providers who may be able to provide quotes over the phone if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at MoneyHelper or by calling them on 0800 138 7777.

What should I do if my travel insurance doesn’t include scuba diving?

If a standard travel policy doesn’t include scuba diving, you can:

  • Ask your insurance provider to add cover for scuba diving to your policy
  • Look for a specialist policy, such as water sports or, if you’re planning to take part in other activities too, extreme sports travel insurance.

Water sports policies usually include scuba diving, but check if there are any restrictions. For example, there might be a limit on how deep you can go. If you go further than that (whether intentionally or not), you may invalidate your policy.

Your policy may also state that you must be accompanied by an experienced guide for your cover to be valid.

What does scuba diving insurance cover? 

There are certain eventualities you’ll want your scuba diving insurance to cover. These include: 

  • Emergency medical cover
    In the unlikely event that something goes wrong, you’ll want to know you have full medical cover in place. 
  • Cancellation cover
    If you can’t dive due to sickness or bad weather, you’ll want to know you can get your money back. 
  • Equipment loss or damage
    Diving gear is expensive. Make sure yours is covered if it’s lost, damaged or stolen. 
  • Different types of diving 
    It may be that you’re diving with sharks or cave diving. Either way, you’ll want to make sure your policy covers whatever activity you’re taking part in. 

Levels of cover vary between insurance providers, so make sure a policy offers the cover you need before you buy it.

Can I get insurance for scuba diving if I’m already away? 

If you make a spur-of-the-moment decision to go scuba diving and don’t know if your policy will cover you, contact your insurance provider straight away. They might be able to amend your cover there and then. 

If not, you may be able to buy specialist cover just for the day. But whatever you do, make sure you have insurance before you dive.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to tell my insurance provider I’m going scuba diving?

If you wake up one morning and decide to go scuba diving, but it’s not covered by your insurance, failing to tell your provider could be a very costly mistake. If something does go wrong and you need to access medical treatment, you could find that your policy doesn’t cover you.

Does scuba diving insurance cover me for other watersports?

Your scuba diving insurance may well cover you for other water sports, such as jet-skiing, sailing, surfing and parasailing. But you’ll need to check your policy before you hit the water to be sure.

Will I be covered for scuba diving if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

If you have a pre-existing condition, you’ll first want to check that it’s okay to dive. Assuming it is, you’ll need to declare your condition when you apply for travel insurance. The provider will decide whether they can offer you cover and under what conditions. If you don’t declare a medical condition, you could invalidate your insurance.

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