Extreme sports to add to your bucket list

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There are so many different sports and activities out there that it would be hard to complete all of them in one lifetime. That’s why we have put together this ultimate bucket list of extreme sports you need to try at least once in your life. These thrilling activities are sure to get your blood pumping and adrenaline rushing. ,n

Mountaineering

The first activity we think you need to add to your bucket list is mountain climbing. Ultimately, the level of mountain climbing you do is dependent on your ability and experience, you don’t have to climb Mount Everest or K2 to feel achievement and there are plenty of doable yet challenging mountains to climb across the UK. We recommend starting small and working your way up to more challenging climbs each time. We have put together a list of mountain climbs and hill walks that you could add to your bucket list based on your ability.

Novice

  • Mam tor
  • The Wrekin
  • Tegg’s Nose

Beginner

  • Win Hill
  • Kinder Scout
  • Cader Idris

Intermediate

  • Scafell Pike
  • Snowdon
  • Ben Nevis

Experienced

  • Fuji
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Rysy

Pro

  • K2
  • Everest
  • Annapurna
the summit of Ben Nevis
The Ben Nevis summit

Scuba diving

Another once in a lifetime sporting experience that you have to try is scuba diving. Scuba diving involves descending beneath the water’s surface to interact with the underwater environment.

This is a unique experience and one we would recommend doing with a professional to guide you as it can be risky. Some dangers include malfunctioning equipment, oxygen toxicity or even marine life, however, don’t let this put you off as despite these risks, scuba diving is still classed as a relatively safe sport.

You can go scuba diving all over the world, here are some of the best countries to go scuba diving- just remember to be responsible for yourself and the marine environment:

  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • USA
  • Thailand
  • Galapagos islands
  • South Africa
scuba diving is considered an extreme sport
Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Caving

If you are looking for a truly unique experience to add to your bucket list why not try caving or potholing. This sport is a recreational activity that involves exploring wild or man made cave systems. What’s more, spending time in these natural spaces has been linked to a number of benefits such as; increased energy levels, lower blood pressure and reduced stress.

Despite these amazing benefits, it’s still important to remember that caves can be dangerous places. Therefore you need to be aware of the risks which include; falling rocks, flooding, hypothermia and physical exhaustion and of course the issue of how difficult it is to rescue someone from underground.

Like any extreme sport, spelunking comes with risks. If you are still intrigued by this activity and want to add it to your bucket list, make sure you plan your route, go with a professional and wear the right equipment.

spelunking
Caving and spelunking in the UK

You can go caving all over the world but surprisingly, the UK still has some of the best caving systems. Some places renowned for caving in the UK are the Yorkshire Dales, The Peak District and Brecon Beacons. There are some more intricate caving systems across the world including in Europe, USA, Africa and Australia to name a few places.

Insurance for extreme sports

Although all of these activities are fun and exciting, its important to remember that they are classed as ‘extreme sports’ for good reason. They are often high risk particularly if you don’t do them with expert guidance. If you want to participate in a high-risk sport then we recommend getting the right financial protection for peace of mind just in case the worst happens and you end up injured.

If you want specialist financial protection for hazardous hobbies and high-risk occupations, it may be worth getting in touch with Sports Financial Services. They can offer you financial services such as life insurance, income protection and critical illness cover and have worked for over 20 years in the extreme sports and financial industry.