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Surfing England insurance zone

Introduction

Marsh Sport are the new appointed insurance broker to Surfing England Ltd.

This web page sets out details of the insurance provided as part of your membership, access to policy documentation, how to report an incident, and some frequently asked questions.

Who is covered?

This cover applies only to activities authorised or recognised by Surfing England.

The policy covers Surfing England Ltd, including affiliated:

  • Individual members,
  • Affiliated Enhanced Coaches 
  • Affiliated Surf Clubs.

Surfing recognised activities include:

  • Surfing 
  • Belly Boarding
  • Body Boarding
  • Hand Planes
  • SUP on sea
  • Prone / Surf Foiling, 
  • Down Wind Foiling and SUP Foiling
  • Wing Foiling
  • Wave Pools

What insurance do you get as part of your membership?

As part of your membership with Surfing England, you automatically receive some degree of insurance protection, whether you are an affiliated member, surf coach, or club.

To understand what these covers are, and to see the main terms and conditions that apply, please make sure you refer to the policy summary and policy wording, which can be found in the downloads section below.

The annual policies run from 1 February 2024 to 31 January 2025.

Policy limits are as follows:

  • Public Liability - cover for your legal liability of up to £10,000,000
  • Professional Indemnity - cover for the club's or instructors legal liability of up to £5,000,000
  • Employers Liability – cover for clubs in respect of claims for injuries made by employees or volunteers, up to £10,000,000
  • Abuse (Clubs only) – cover for committee members, and club officers, against claims relating to safeguarding, including mental or physical abuse perpetrated by a member. No coverage is provided to the perpetrator.
  • Personal Accident - This is a ‘no fault’ benefit that provides a specified amount to a member, if they are injured whilst participating in recognised Surfing England activities. This insurance can pay out a set amount if someone is injured in an accident and the pay-out can be a lump sum or a weekly amount. It ensures all participants have protection in the event of an injury and because this is a “non-negligence” cover it can help reduce litigation because unlike a liability policy you do not have to find someone to be at fault for an injury to receive compensation.

Important Note

Coaches that use a trading name are insured for up to a Turnover of £35,000 per annum, if your turnover exceeds this amount or you trade as a Limited Company you are not covered by this insurance and will need to seek your own separate Insurance, please speak to Marsh Sport if you would like a quotation.

The covers explained

Public liability insurance provides protection against legal liability for bodily injury to third parties and damage to third party property.

Products liability insurance provides protection against legal liability to pay compensation including legal costs for death or bodily injury, or damage to third party property arising from products supplied.

Cover to protect affiliated clubs or coaches for claims made against them which allege that a third party has suffered an injury or financial loss caused by negligent acts, errors, or omissions during coaching activities.

Protection against legal liability in respect of claims made for injuries to any volunteer or employee of the member club.

Personal Accident cover provides a set financial payment in the event of an accidental injury, the benefits provided are as follows:

  • Death £25,000 (over 18s) £5,000 (under 18s).
  • Total and irrecoverable loss of use of sight in both eyes and or irrecoverable loss of use of both hands or both feet or of one hand and one foot £25,000.
  • Total and irrecoverable loss of use of one hand or one foot togeregr with the total and irrecoverable loss of all sight in one eye £12,500.
  • Total and irrecoverable loss of all sight in one eye or total and irrecoverable loss of used of one hand or one foot £6,250.
  • Total and permanent disablement £25,000 (subject to the detail within page 8 of the policy wording).
  • Medical benefits – Hospital accomodation, ancillary medical expenses, dental services to sound whole teeth only – up to £500 (subject to £50 excess)

Reporting an incident

Liability claims

Please follow these simple steps to making a claim:

  • All incidents that could give rise to a claim must be reported at your earliest opportunity to Marsh Sport using the details below.
  • Any writ or summons must be forwarded on immediately following receipt. 
  • You should not admit liability under any circumstances as the insurers will respond to all allegations on your behalf.


Frequently asked questions

As an affiliated Surfing England coach you receive Public Liability insurance, Professional Indemnity insurance and Personal accident insurance.

As an affiliated Surfing England member you receive Public Liability insurance, Professional Indemnity insurance and Personal accident insurance.

You receive public liability up to £10,000,000 and professional indemnity (coaching and tuition cover) up to £5,000,000.

As an affiliated coach of Surfing England, you also receive the benefit of Personal Accident insurance as per the personal accident policy benefits.

Employers liability protects the employer in the event of an injury to an employee, for which the employer is liable.

Employers liability could apply to clubs who employ coaches or volunteers to work on their behalf.

Public liability protects a club/member/volunteer if another member, or a member of the public, sues them for injury or damage caused.

It is essential that you undertake risk assessments for the activities of your club to support you in your risk management. You and your club owe a duty of care to those around you.

If an allegation for negligence is made against you or your club the risk assessments will be needed to evidence what you have reasonably been able to do to prevent an incident occurring.

Yes, clubs are provided with employers liability insurance, with a limit of indemnity of £10,000,000.

Yes, the public liability insurance provided will defend your position, should you be sued for injury to a third party or damage to a third parties property.

Please note any claims relating to deliberate or criminal acts are excluded.

Liability cover is provided for trips abroad that are authorised by Surfing England.

However, the membership insurance does not include travel insurance, which can be obtained from Marsh Sport.

If there are verbal or written allegations made against your club, you should record the information and notify Marsh Sport of the incident at your earliest opportunity. Please contact 0345 872 5060 or email marshsport@marsh.com.

In no circumstances should you admit liability or agree to pay for any damage caused as this may prejudice the position of insurers and could result in the withdrawal of any indemnity.

Please note this is a liability policy where Insurers decide if negligence attaches to you, meaning any payment you make to any third parties will not necessarily be reimbursed.

We recommend that a designated person within your club is made responsible to record any reportable accident/incident. Records must be kept for at least 6 years, and longer where it involves a person under the age of 18 years. Names and addresses of any possible witnesses should also be recorded. Please ensure your club has an accident book to record all such information.

In respect of safeguarding allegations records should be kept indefinitely.

If your query relates to the insurance policy please contact our insurance broker, Marsh Sport on either 0345 872 5060, or by email at marshsport@marsh.com.


We can also provide insurance for Surf Schools

Marsh Sport are delighted to be appointed by Surfing England as their insurance broker. As a result, we have implemented some changes that provides a new approach to insurance for their membership and surf schools.  

This will help create certainty for Surf Schools when delivering the sport that they have a specialist Insurance broker on hand that can deliver competitive insurance protection against possible risks that may face.

Along with a specialist advice and support for you we can offer insurances for the following:

  • Buildings Insurance
  • Contents
  • Sports Equipment
  • Combined Liability Insurance
  • Directors and Officers Insurance
  • Cyber Crime
  • Travel Insurance

We will provide bespoke insurance covers to meet the needs of your operation.

Please contact Ellie Doubleday on 07385 403847 or email eleanor.doubleday@marsh.com