There are many great diving locations around the world. If you live in the US, you can get to some of the best diving destinations in just a short flight. Other diving destinations may be located in remote areas, well off the beaten path of tourism. Diving in remote locations can be great. In most cases, the reef is in much better condition than those in highly visited areas, and as a result, many divers want the chance to explore such dive sites.

Its no secret that divers should have diving accident insurance to cover medical treatment in case of an accident but it becomes even more important when diving in remote destinations. The number of available hyperbaric chambers goes down when you are off the beaten path, while the cost of treatment is higher, and in some cases, much higher. Furthermore, due to the long distances between your dive site and the medical facility that can treat you, the cost of evacuations from the dive site to the medical facility, or from one medical facility to another, can be very high, and in most cases, require aerial evacuations. The cost of treating a mild case of DCS can be in the thousands of dollars, when you take into consideration the evacuation and treatment cost combined. For these reasons, it is very important to make sure that your insurance policy will cover such scenarios, and that the limit of coverage is high enough.

All of the programs offered through DiveAssure, whether diving accident programs, or their dive-travel insurance programs, offer the coverage that is needed when diving in remote locations. Their benefits are very high, or even unlimited under some of the programs, so you are definitely going to be covered. Now, you might look at a general travel insurance policy and think that their benefits are high enough, which might be true, though in most cases it’s not. Either way, even if the numbers look good, there’s something else to consider. Travel insurance companies might not have any experience with emergencies in remote diving destinations. This can result in a delayed response and inability of the insurance company to arrange for your evacuation, or with locating a hyperbaric chamber that can treat you. Remember that most chambers are not located within hospitals, so finding them is not always easy. DiveAssure has a lot of experience in all regions of the world, which means that they can arrange for evacuations and relevant treatment in less time, and make sure that you are really getting the best treatment that you need for your diving accidents. Then, once you receive treatment you know it will be supervised by a hyperbaric specialist. In addition, a Duke Dive Medicine physician will monitor your case, starting from your evacuation, through the completion of your treatment, to make sure that you are in good hands. When you carry a DiveAssure program, all of the above is included, under all their programs.

To summarize, diving in the most remote locations is great, just make sure that you are really covered, because when things go wrong, the right insurance program will make you feel like you are really close to home.

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