From abseiling to zip-lining, the list of adventure sports – often called extreme sports – is long and growing. To be considered “extreme,” a sport or activity usually includes some combination of height, speed, danger or stunts. The people who participate range from experienced hang gliders or spelunkers to bucket-listers who want to try skydiving or zip-lining just once in their lives.
In this world of extremes, there are as many hazards to consider as there are varieties of sport. Before embarking on any trip that involves extreme sport, be sure to assess your own fitness to make sure your body is up to the challenge. Check with your doctor before you go. And if you suffer from vertigo, asthma or heart disease, it’s best to steer clear altogether.
Extreme sports safety considerations
- Choose only reputable outfitters or attractions companies. Check references and safety records before you sign up.
- Wear appropriate safety gear and follow the guide or trainer’s instructions to the letter.
- Don’t take pictures while participating. Focus on what you are doing.
- Participate with a friend or family member in case of emergency.
How SafeTrip Travel Protection can help
If your next international adventure will include hang-gliding, parachuting, bungee jumping, climbing, spelunking or caving, add extreme sports coverage to your policy at checkout. On top of all of the medical benefits and travel assistance that comes standard with every plan, this can be a great add-on for the adventure minded traveler. For complete sports-rider coverage details, please see our travel policy at: www.uhcsafetrip.com/your-policy-document/.
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