This article is the most comprehensive and informative article you’ll find on the net for Scuba Divers looking for insurance coverage.
Keep reading this article and we will answer all of the questions you have.
We’ve been helping scuba divers find affordable coverage for years and have simplified finding the best rate into 3 steps:
- We obtain detailed information about your scuba diving history through a quick phone interview.
- We fit your unique scuba diving details into all the top rated life insurance companies underwriting guidelines and determine your quotes with that company.
- We present the best quote based on YOUR unique scuba diving risk.
We start the process off by completing a quick phone interview to obtain the following information:
- Average number of dives/year.
- Average depth of dives and your deepest dive.
- Are you diving in overhead environments? (Caves, shipwrecks, ice, salvage)
- Any rescue diving or diving for pay?
After the phone interview, we reference your answers with all of the companies we represent. Using your answers, we will be able to pick the best company.
Our team at RootFin.com has done all the legwork and surveyed all the top rated life insurers already. Below are just 15 of the best company’s scuba diving underwriting summaries. (click the arrow below the table to see more companies)
|Carrier||Best Class Available||Max # dives/year||Max depth allowed||Notes|
|American General||Preferred Plus||10||100'||Open water, no penetration diving; PADI certified or all dives with instructor|
|AXA||Preferred Elite||No Max Listed||100'||76-100' can get Preferred Elite, but w/ $2.50 flat extra. Penetration diving at $7.50 flat extra|
|Banner Life||Preferred Plus||Not strictly defined - app||75'||Certification and frequency are difference between Standard and Preferred Plus. $2.50 flat extra for dives below 75'|
|Fidelity||Standard||Vacation Only||100'||No Medical Exam required. Approval within 48 hours.|
|Genworth||Preferred Best||No Stated Max||100'||If no participation in a year or more, no flat extra will apply; >125' is $2.50 flat extra; penetration diving is $2.50 flat extra|
|ING||Super Preferred||No Limit||100'||Must be fomally trained w/basic or better cert; 100'-130' requires flat extra; no exclusion available|
|Lincoln Financial||Super Preferred||No Max Stated||100'||Must be certified|
|MetLife||Standard Plus||No Max||100'||Formally trained and always accompanied; dives over 100' add a $2.50-$3.50 flat extra|
|Minnesota Life||Preferred Select||No Limit||100'||Limited to lakes, rivers, pits/quarries and coastal waters.|
|Mutual of Omaha||Preferred Plus||19||100'||Must be certified; 100'-130' is $3.50 flat extra and if less than 10 dives per year $5 flat extra. Cave diving $2.50-$5 flat extra.|
|Protective||Select Preferred||Individual Consideration||75'||Lakes, rivers, pits and coastal waters. Must be certified & always accompanied. 100'+ diving is $2.50+ flat extra|
|Prudential||Preferred||No Limit||100'||101'-130' ok at Preferred w/advanced certificate and more than 10 dives/year|
|SBLI||Preferred Plus||10||75'||Penetration diving and diving over 100' is $2.50+ flat extra|
|Transamerica||Preferred Plus||No Max||75'||Preferred up to 100'; 101'-250' $2.50-$5 flat extra; 250'+ $7.50-$10 flat extra|
As you can see, each life insurance company looks at your scuba diving differently (and that’s ONLY 15 carriers and their basic guidelines). We’ve surveyed over 30 life insurance carriers and know exactly how each one underwrites scuba divers. We have to have this info to get you the cheapest premiums.
If you’re a little confused about what a “flat extra” is (as seen on the chart) or how you fit into that chart, don’t worry. That’s what we’re here for.
It truly takes an agency experienced in underwriting scuba divers to find you the perfect policy. Sure, you can call any agent and they can secure a policy for you, but more than likely you’ll paying more than you have to.
Whether you’re a recreational scuba diver, a scuba diving enthusiast or a professional diver, it’s going to be difficult to grab a cheap plan. Your next step should be to dial 888-430-7668.