Extreme Sports for Over 50s

Extreme sports aren't just for the young. Plenty of over 50s participate in extreme sports every year, and there are often trips and guides to help you enjoy your trip as much as possible. Although you may need to take some extra precautions, if you want to feel the adrenaline of extreme sports then this guide is for you.

Popular extreme sports for the over 50s

Skiing is one of the most popular extreme sports for over 50s. Whether you want to split your stay between alpine treks and the slopes, or simply enjoy the landscapes that the Alps has to offer, you can learn to ski at any age. Additionally, skiing is soft on your muscles and joints, leaving you feeling refreshed and exhilarated.

Water sports are also extremely popular with the over 50s as they seek warmer destinations for the winter. Scuba diving, in particular, is extremely popular with the older generation, as it's easy on the joints and gives you the opportunity to interact with marine life.

Precautions to take into consideration

Age is just a number and we think there is no age limit to trying out a new activity. The most important precaution that you should take before participating in extreme sports is taking out extreme sports travel insurance. Many travel insurance providers don't cover the level of assistance that you may need during extreme sports such as helicopter rescue, or have upper age restrictions on their sports policies. However by choosing a Holiday Extras travel insurance policy with additional extreme sports cover, as all ages are accepted on extra activities they will just be in line with the specific activity itself. Our winter sports additional cover is the only stipulation to this, with a maximum age of 65 years of age.

Even if you don't have an underlying health condition, you should consider having a full medical check-up before you take part in extreme sports. From this, you'll be able to establish what level of risk you're taking and consequently what your chances of injury are.


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