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Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover and Income Protection for Divers


  • Example Occupations: Bell divers, communications diver, offshore diver
  • Possible Risks: Equipment malfunction, decompression sickness (the Bends), barotrauma, pulmonary embolism, wildlife
  • Occupational Duties: Maintenance of equipment, ship husbandry, search and rescue, tourism

Life Insurance

Life Insurance for commercial divers has the potential to be accepted by insurance providers at standard terms. The insurer will be particularly interested in the use of any experimental equipment or explosives that you use whilst diving. If you do use explosives or experimental equipment as part of your diving duties the insurer may choose to offer Life Insurance at non-standard terms (premium increase).

If you only dive as a hobby please see our scuba diving page.

Critical Illness Cover

Critical Illness Insurance for commercial divers may be available at standard terms, depending upon where you dive and what you do whilst diving. However in general, Critical Illness Cover for divers will probably have an occupational exclusion on the policy claims set. This means that should you become critically ill as a result of activities whilst diving for your job, you will be unable to place a claim on the policy. If you were to fall critically ill with one of the named conditions on the policy claims set outside of your occupational duties, then you should be able to place a successful claim on the policy. The Critical Illness application will need to detail any specific areas of hazardous activities such as the use of explosives or experimental equipment.

Income Protection

Income Protection for commercial divers will need to be placed with a specialist insurance provider. The specialist insurer will be able to tailor an Income Protection policy to your individual circumstances. You should expect to pay a higher premium than someone who works in a less hazardous occupation than yourself.

As an alternative you may wish to consider Accident, Sickness and Unemployment Cover. This type of policy will provide 12-24 months income replacement if you are unable to work due to disability, long-term injury or involuntary redundancy. You should fully check the policy documentation to ensure that you are eligible for this policy based upon where you are based geographically and how long you are out of the UK.

Summary Definition

Divers are present in a range of different occupations and occupational duties and risks can vary greatly depending upon the career path taken. A diver will use specialist breathing equipment so that they are able to spend a great deal of time underwater to complete their occupational duties.


  • Scuba divers
  • Police diver
  • Scientific diver
  • Civil engineering diver
  • Hazmat diver
  • Nuclear diver


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