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If you are paragliding in the UK, our Sports Accident Insurance policy provides the perfect companion to take to the skies with. It covers you for things such as personal liability, personal accident as well as providing cover for dental, physiotherapy and legal fees.
You can also add Income Protection to your policy when you purchase too. This means that should a paragliding injury leave you unable to work, a pre-determined percentage of your salary will be protected each week.
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Many standard travel insurance policies will exclude paragliding under your normal terms – but not our Sports Travel Insurance. The policy covers you for all the general travel headaches such as flight delay, personal effects and lost and stolen baggage, plus offering specialised paragliding protection.
The benefits include emergency medical expenses and repatriation cover as well as search and rescue cover, meaning that even if your paragliding experience went terribly wrong, you’d be covered by your policy.
Paragliding Under Instruction Insurance
As a sport paragliding is similar to hang gliding – pilots sit in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by its suspension lines and the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. The glider is powered solely by movements of the air – a fact which allows gliders to soar effortlessly above the landscape.
Our paragliding insurance is available to those undertaking this activity under instruction – for example as part of a training course or as a tandem paraglide with an instructor.
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More about paragliding
People tend to associate paragliding as being a highly dangerous sport which is true to a certain degree because accidents can lead to very serious or fatal injuries. However the most common paragliding injuries are sprained, fractured or broken legs and ankles. This is because the legs are unprotected, and will contact the ground hard if a landing or low-altitude manoeuvre goes wrong. Thermal turbulence or strong winds are often the culprits behind heavy landings. Spinal injuries used to be much more frequent, but these days some very good back-protectors are available which greatly reduce the chances of this type of injury.
Paragliding is considered a Grade 4 risk sport, which means that paragliders have a higher than average chance of injury. Suitable sports insurance is a must if you plan to engage in this activity.
Please note that we are now only able to insure those taking part in paragliding under instruction. We are committed to providing insurance for a great variety of sports and have insured paragliding for many years. However, unfortunately we are no longer able to support the high claim costs involved with injuries sustained to qualified paragliders taking part in this sport alone.