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Travel Insurance for Pickleball

If you’re incorporating pickleball into your travel plans, learn how travel insurance can help in case the unexpected strikes.

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Millions of people have fallen in love with the unique combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong known as pickleball.

As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, more hotels are building pickleball courts to give experienced and new picklers a chance to get in on the action while they are travelling.

While serious injuries are rare in pickleball, even the best of us have lost our balance and taken a tumble when going for an overhead slam.

If pickleball is on your list of activities for your next trip, you may want to consider a World Nomads travel insurance plan with adventure sports coverage, that offers coverage to protect you both on and off the court, when you are travelling. 

Should I consider travel insurance for pickleball? 

Falls are one of the most common pickleball related injuries. You can be proactive and take steps ahead of time to work on your balance, but as you are twisting, turning, and moving across the court, there’s always a possibility of accidents.

A travel insurance plan from World Nomads could assist with things like x-rays, medication, a hospital stay, or other emergency medical needs you may have if you suffer an emergency medical condition and get hurt playing pickleball.

You will still need to have GHIP coverage in your home province while you are on your trip though. If you don’t, your total limit for all emergency medical expenses during your trip is limited to CAD $40,000. 

People playing pickleball
Don't forget picking the right paddle is very important. Photo credit: Getty Images/FatCamera

Does travel insurance cover other adventure sports I might participate in during my trip?

Planning to explore even more sports and adventures during your travels? World Nomads covers more than 250 activities for Canadian residents.

When you get a quote, you can check out our Standard and Explorer plans to compare coverage side by side.

You will need to list all of the activities that you plan to participate in while on your trip at the time you purchase your policy. You won’t be able to add activities after you make your purchase, so make sure you add them all at that time. 

Level 1 activities like bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, and roller skating are automatically covered (and will still need to be listed when you purchase your policy). However, you will need to pay an additional premium to be covered for Level 2 and Level 3 activities like snowboarding, rappelling, or hang gliding.

If you are participating in an activity that isn’t listed in your policy wording, you will need to contact us to make sure you are covered. 

What else is covered by travel insurance?

In addition to emergency medical coverage, travel insurance may help with several other unexpected and unforeseen emergency situations you may encounter while you are on your trip.

For Canadian residents, World Nomads may also offer coverage for:

  • Baggage protection: If the airline lost the bag that held your favorite paddle, baggage protection may help reimburse the cost to replace it if it’s lost by a common carrier. If your baggage is delayed by an airline or ground carrier for more than 12 hours while on your way to your destination, you may also be reimbursed for the essentials, like toiletries and a change of clothes, that you might need until you are reunited with your bag. Check the policy wording for complete details of coverage, conditions, and exclusions.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: If something unexpected happens like an illness or injury, and you need to cancel or interrupt your trip, you may be able to recover your unused, prepaid, non-refundable travel expenses.
  • Evacuation: If you get injured playing pickleball in a place where there aren't nearby medical facilities, the World Nomads 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team could help get you transported to a place that offers the level of care you need.

What are some things travel insurance would not cover?

  • Damage that happens to your pickleball equipment while you are using it.
  • Injuries that happen if you are competing in a professional pickleball competition.
  • Injuries that happen if you are playing pickleball under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Participation in other activities not listed as covered in your policy. 
An aerial shot of people playing pickleball
Photo credit: Getty Images/halbergman

Tips for playing pickleball

From our own time on the court, we’ve learned that many injuries can often be avoided.  Here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences as picklers. 

  • Drink plenty of water. This can help prevent dizziness, nausea, and cramps that could cause an injury.  
  • Wear the right shoes. Shoes designed for court sports are best.  The soles are really important since you are moving from side to side and shifting your weight.  Try to find a shoe that has good stability on both the inside and outside of your foot.
  • Wear eye protection. The ball is lightweight, but it can travel at high speeds.  You don’t want it flying toward your unprotected eyes. 
  • Pick the right paddle. Higher quality paddles are made to absorb some of the impact better, and could help you avoid elbow and shoulder injuries. You will also want to make sure the one you choose isn’t too heavy for you.
  • Warm up. Even a brisk 5 minute walk around the court helps get your heart pumping before you play. 
  • Make sure to stretch before and after you play pickleball.  Focus on your ankles, legs, groin, lower back, shoulders, and arms.
  • Don’t play on wet courts. Even though the court’s surface is typically gritty to provide extra traction, it can become slick when wet.
  • Wear sunscreen when playing outside. Look for one that has an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply it every two hours. 
  • Check with your doctor. You know your body best. If you have physical conditions that you have concerns about, always talk to your doctor first about any exercise limitations that you may have.  

This is only a summary of cover and does not include the full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the policy. You should read your policy wording in full, so you understand what is and isn’t covered. That way there won’t be any surprises if you need to use it. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

True Claims Stories

  • Never travel without insurance. This was the first time I ever purchased travel insurance and I am so glad I did. A few days into my trip to Spain I twisted my foot heading down to the metro. Thanks to World Nomads I was able to get medical attention in Spain and since, as luck would have it, I had a fracture that required surgery, they got me a flight home the next day. Filing a claim was surprisingly easy and when the claim was finally processed, I was reimbursed for all of my expenses including things like the extra week in the hotel I didn't get to take advantage of.
    U.S. resident in Spain
  • I recently had a serious injury traveling on my own & the team was amazing. Being confused with a brain injury they took care of everything. Claiming was no problem, they were on the phone constantly to see if all was OK. I can't recommend them enough. Absolutely fantastic & l will always travel with World Nomads Insurance. Thanks guys for getting me home safely.
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  • I was bitten by a monkey at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. I went to a nearby clinic and they gave me a rabies shot, antibiotics to take for 4 days, pain medicine, and anti-inflammatory medicine.
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Travel insurance. Simple & flexible.

Travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen. So be prepared and get your travel insurance today.

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Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Cancellation

Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: $5,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,500
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Been made redundant?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Insurance

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

  • Explorer Plan: $10 million
  • Standard Plan: $5 million
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation

We’ll get you to hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $500,000
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Covers the theft, damage or delay of your bags, tech and sports gear.

  • Explorer Plan: $3,000
  • Standard Plan: $1,000
Protect your gear
  • Luggage lost?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Medical Expenses
  • Emergency Dental for Injury or Sickness
  • Bedside Companion Travel and Subsistence
  • Emergency Professional Services
  • Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Return of Travel Companion/Dependent Children
  • Return to Your Trip Destination
  • Return of Remains
  • Travel Accident
  • Flight Accident
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage and Personal Effects Theft or Damage
  • Baggage and Sporting Equipment Delay
  • Travel Documents Theft or Damage
  • Sporting Equipment Theft or Loss by a Common Carrier
  • Covered Adventure Sports listed in Policy
Assistance Services Included
  • LiveTravelTM Emergency Assistance
  • Worldwide Travel Assistance
  • Adventure Travel Hotline
  • 24/7 Security
  • Travel Medical Assistance
  • Bag Trak
This is a general summary for Canadian residents only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all provinces. Check the Travel Insurance Policy for full details.

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Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

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