Scuba diving gives travelers the opportunity to explore new destinations more fully, and in ways non-diving travelers can’t. Unfortunately, traveling in general is often fraught with challenges: According to the U.S. Travel Association, one in six U.S. adults reported having to cut a trip short or change travel plans – and only 22 percent of those impacted had travel insurance. DAN, the industry leader in dive safety and risk mitigation, has now expanded its Travel Insurance coverage to better support the needs of today’s dive travelers.
“No one wants to think about all the stressful things – like flight delays, lost luggage or equipment, or illness or injury – that can happen while they’re traveling,” said DAN President and CEO, Bill Ziefle. “Accidents don’t take vacations. Without proper insurance coverage, a hard-earned dive vacation can quickly nosedive into an unbelievably expensive education on the cost of accessing emergency medical care, particularly for dive-specific injuries, in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language.”
In addition to typical travel challenges, scuba divers have non-typical travel needs, often traveling to remote destinations by way of small plane, bus, and boat with extra baggage filled with valuable gear. DAN’s newly expanded Travel Insurance ensures divers’ unique travel needs are covered, whether they’re on a liveaboard somewhere on the Great Barrier Reef, cave diving in Florida, or enjoying a shark encounter in the Bahamas.
DAN Travel Insurance now includes:
- Higher medical expense limits to give dive travelers extra protection in the event of sudden, unexpected illness or injury. Scuba-diving related incidents are also covered, which is often viewed as a high-risk activity by travel insurance companies and excluded from coverage.
- Expanded Baggage Protection coverage to help protect divers’ equipment investments. While other insurance carriers often don’t cover the cost of expensive sports equipment, with DAN Travel Insurance, if equipment is lost or stolen, divers have access to higher limits to help replace valuable equipment. (Coverage may vary by state.)
- Around-the-clock access to emergency assistance services, including Travel Medical, Worldwide Travel, Concierge Services, and Identity Theft assistance.
- Security Benefits coverage to help divers get to the nearest point of safety in the event of a security evacuation.
Additional benefits to divers include Baggage Return and Delivery coverage, Trip Delay and Missed Connection coverage, and more. Coverage currently available to US residents only.
Created for divers, by divers, DAN Travel Insurance offers higher limits and more coverage, all backed by DAN – the world’s foremost dive safety organization. For more information, or to get a quote for your next dive trip, go to DAN.org/travel and get ready to explore the world – above and below water — with confidence knowing DAN is by your side.