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Essential Information

When booking a Sportif Dive holiday, many of our clients ask the following questions – “How Do I Book?”, “Am I ATOL protected?”, When will I receive my documents?”. Here are some of our frequently asked questions to help you before you travel and after you arrive. If you have any other question, please contact us.

Frequently asked Questions

Q. How do I book my Holiday with Sportif?

The quickest way is to call our office on +44 (0)1273 844919.

You will be able to discuss your holiday requirement with a specialist travel consultant who will provide a price for your holiday or options for you to consider.

If you would like to go ahead with your booking you will be sent a confirmation invoice and payment details.

A minimum deposit of £300 per person is required to confirm your booking. The final payment is required 12 weeks prior to departure or full payment if the departure date is within 12 weeks. Payment can be made by debit or credit card, bank transfer or cheque.

Q. Is my money safe when I book with Sportif?

Yes, please rest assured that we are a fully ATOL bonded company. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2910. By booking with a company which is ATOL protected means that your money is completely safe and secure giving you the confidence to book. More information on ATOL Protection >

Q. If I am travelling alone, will there be a single supplement?

Most hotels and accommodation will require a single supplement when booking a single occupancy room. However, this depends on the resort in which you choose to stay. Please speak to one of our team for more information.

Q. When will I receive my travel documents?

Approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure by email and through our document delivery App which you need to download on your phone before travelling. Documents can be sent by post if advised in advance.

Q. What if I am unsure whether the destination is suitable for my level?

Our experienced team will help and advise you to choose the holiday that most fits your needs. We work closely with our partners in resort and can answer your questions, no matter how technical, regarding your specific requirements.

Q. How much time do I need to leave to check in at the airport?

Please ensure that you arrive at least 3 hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. Passengers arriving late for check in or at the departures gate may be refused travel by the airline with no refund.

Q. How much baggage allowance is included?

At the time of booking (and confirmed on your ETicket) we will state, on our invoice, if baggage is included in the price. Please ensure that you have the correct baggage allowance and number of items for the airline you are travelling with. Baggage allowances can be changed at any time by the airlines and we are not always advised. Please be sure to check the latest allowances and other restrictions on the airlines website before arriving at the airport or excess baggage charges may apply at check in or carriage may be refused.

Q. Do I need to book my sports equipment before I arrive at the airport?

Yes, all sports equipment should be booked and paid forin advance directly to the airline  before you arrive at the airport. Some airlines will not accept additional baggage over specified dimensions and weight and some do not carry large sports equipment. Please be sure to check these restrictions with the airline directly before you travel or excess baggage charges may apply at check in or carriage may be refused.

Diving equipment should be included in your baggage allowance. If this means you will go over your personal baggage allowance you will need to pre-book and pay for this in advance to ensure your equipment will be accepted by the airline.  

Q. Is damage insurance covered in my equipment rental or instruction fee?

Damage to rental equipment  is usually covered in instruction packages. However, damage liability is not covered in the rental costs. You can either take a liability waiver insurance at the centre on arrival, or provide a credit card to cover any damage and then claim back on your insurance on your return from your holiday. Please be sure to get a receipt for any damage paid for in resort from the centre, to send to the insurance company to help with any claim. Please note that any damage waiver fee paid to the centre does not provide any insurance cover for your own items or third party liability cover.

If your travel insurance does not provide cover for damage to your own or rented equipment, or third party liabilty insurance, you can take Activity Top UP insurance here >

Q. Which vaccinations/visas do I need?

Certain countries require vaccinations certificates, in some cases if you are travelling on from other countries. We would recommend that you obtain up-to-date information from your doctor or travel clinic as the regulations can change at short notice. Required vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller and if not complied with, may result in refused travel.

For latest information on travel advice, Visas required and other essential information we recommend you check the Government Foreign and Commenwealth website here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceFor Nationals from countries outside the UK, please refer to the relevant embassy or government office for more information and requirements.  It is the responsibility of all those travelling to ensure that they obtain these in good time before their date of travel. 

Travel Aware - staying safe and healthy abroad. 

The UK Government Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and facebook.com/FCOtravel.

More information on travel insurance is available by checking https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

The advice can change, so check regularly for updates.

General Healthcare - please note the following.

Exposure to sunlight.

Everyone enjoys soaking up the sunshine especially when on holiday, however please take care in ensuring that you always use a high factor sun screen and take enough supplies with you for your trip as supplies may not be available when you arrive in resort.The sun's rays are particularly strong when on the water due to the reflection. We recommend a  Factor 50+ waterproof sun block is applied at all times.

Scuba Diving and Other Sports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to scuba dive or participate in other sports safely. If you have any health worries please check with your GP before you travel that you are able to dive and have the necessary documentation with you if required by your insurance cover. All scuba diving centres will require you to sign a certificate before diving to state you have not re-existing medical conditions that preclude you from diving. Some countries, such as Spain, require you to have a medical practitioner sign a specific document before arrival stating your are fit and healthy to dive. More >

Please ensure that you and your party were protective footwear, especially when diving around coral reefs and always follow the advice of the sports centre.

If you have any other specific queries, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 844919 or email here >

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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