You're never far from help when you travel with DAN Boater®.

Affordable annual protection for cruisers, sailors and everyone who loves to travel.

Join the World's Premier Travel Safety Association

DAN Boater is dedicated to your safety on land and water. Whether you need tips on travel safety, first aid information in the field, or an emergency medical evacuation or repatriation, help is just a call away.

With an emergency response network spanning the globe and more than 40 years of experience handling emergencies in remote locations, no one is better equipped to help keep you safe.

By boat, plane, car or train — any time you travel more than 50 miles from home, DAN Boater is ready to assist you with a host of valuable services, including:

24/7 Emergency Hotline
Medical Information Line
Medical Evacuation & Repatriation
Search & Rescue Expense Coverage
Travel Health & Safety Resources
Additional Travel Assistance Services

No matter where in the world your adventures take you, DAN Boater is here to help. Have questions?


What would you do?

Acute colitis off Great Exuma Island
Motorcycle accident in Nova Scotia
Barracuda bite in the Caribbean
Broken ankle in Grenada
Stroke in Guatemala
Head injury in Antarctica

24/7 Emergency Hotline


DAN Boater is here for you with an experienced team of medical and travel emergency professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our emergency response team has decades of experience managing injuries and illnesses in remote locations. Paired with a global emergency services network, we work to provide you with the best possible care wherever your travels take you.

Coverage on Land and Water

While you're cruising the seven seas, scaling the tallest mountains, or out exploring a new city, if an unforeseen event happens - don't worry. With DAN Boater, you're covered no matter where adventure takes you.


Our medical team is here to guide you.

Medical Information Line

The team of health care professionals behind DAN Boater's Medical Information Line has decades of experience helping members with questions about travel medicine and health, and the expertise needed to safely guide you through even the toughest situation. Go wherever the wind takes you -- we'll help you stay on course.

Can it wait? Or is it urgent?

With over 300,000 medical resource hours logged helping members, our team has seen it all. When you call DAN Boater, we will help determine your condition, answer your questions, and guide you through best care practices. We'll also advise you on the logistics of medical transport and rescue services for your geographic location and the availability of medical care.

Physician and Hospital Referrals

DAN Boater maintains a global database of physicians and medical facilities that are available to assist you in case of an emergency. For referrals to physicians, hospital or other medical facilities, call our Medical Information Line.

Travel Health & Safety Resources

female boater reading DAN Boater trip planning guide
Practical First Aid and Travel Planning Guides

When you're exploring the world, you want to ensure that you have the knowledge needed to do it safely.

DAN Boater offers a variety of educational resources to help you stay safe when you travel. When you join, you'll get instant access to the downloadable guides plus automatic access to new guides as they're released.

With these resources, you'll get actionable advice on first aid and travel safety topics such as:

Trip Planning & Preparedness
Travel-Related Disorders
Bone and Joint Injuries
Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

SAFE PASSAGE eNewsletter

Get a monthly digest of interesting stories, helpful tips, and updates on:

Boating Safety
Member Stories
Travel Health
Travel Safety


Your safety is what matters.

Worldwide Medical Evacuation

Accidents and illnesses happen. Whether it's a broken arm resulting from a dive off your boat, a fall on a slippery deck or sudden chest pain after evening dinner, DAN Boater is here for you.

As a member, you're covered for worldwide medical evacuation (medevac) expenses in the event of a medical emergency. With over 10,000 emergency medical evacuations handled, our experienced team will arrange and pay for medical transport to help get you to safety.

If DAN Boater, in consultation with you, medical personnel and others at the site of the incident, determines that you or a covered family member requires emergency medical evacuation, we will pay up to $150,000 per covered member directly to the provider for covered expenses incurred during evacuation.

How does DAN Boater medical evacuation work?
Read about real-life member emergencies.

Medical Repatriation to Home Country

Depending on the nature and location of your emergency, local treatment facilities in your area — if they exist — may not always be the best choice for ongoing medical treatment. In cases like this, the best course of action may be to return home for a higher or more appropriate level of care.

If you or a covered family member suffers a medical emergency requiring inpatient hospitalization while traveling, and your condition is sufficiently stable to allow transportation without exacerbating your condition, DAN Boater will pay the covered expenses up to the benefit limit of $25,000 for transportation to the hospital of your choice within your home country. You may use this benefit once during any 12 month period.


It pays to be prepared.

Search and Rescue Expense Coverage

Search and Rescue

Search and rescue services are not always free and in most cases not covered by health insurance. The availability, capability and cost of these services vary widely depending on where you are in the world and the circumstances of your emergency.

If you become lost or incapacitated while traveling, we will reimburse you for necessary and reasonable search and rescue expenses up to the benefit limit of $25,000 after we receive notification that an appropriate rescue service/agency, such as the Coast Guard, local police, or other national or international agency responsible for safety at sea, has undertaken a SAR operation to save you. You may use this benefit once during any 12 month period.


We've got your back.


Return of Traveling Companion

If you or your traveling companion lose previously-made travel arrangements due to a delay caused by a medical emergency, we will arrange and pay for one-way economy airfare to return your companion to his or her original departure point.

Return of Dependent Children

If you're traveling alone with children and become ill or injured and unable to attend to the children's needs, we will arrange and pay for one-way economy airfare to return the children to their places of residence. Qualified escorts will be provided if necessary.

Visit of Family Member or Friend

If you're traveling alone and are expected to require hospitalization for more than seven consecutive days, we will arrange and pay for round-trip economy airfare for a visitor to travel to the site of your hospitalization.

Repatriation of Remains

If a member dies while on a trip, we will arrange and provide for the return of the member’s remains, including required embalming, necessary government authorizations, coffin(s) or cremation (only if required prior to the repatriation of the member’s remains), and a container appropriate for transportation of the remains, to the member’s principal residence.

Return of Vehicle Expense Coverage

If you are hospitalized or have an emergency medical evacuation which prevents the return of your vehicle to the rental agency or your principal residence, we will arrange and pay for its return.

Medical Expense Advances

Some foreign medical providers may ask you to pay for services at the time they are rendered. While your DAN Boater Membership does not cover medical expenses, we can help you arrange for payment. Hospital admittance or discharge deposits will be advanced up to $5,000 with an acceptable guarantee of reimbursement from either you or your insurance carrier.

Prescription Assistance

If you require prescription medication or prescription eyeglasses that are not available in your location, we will consult with your prescribing physician, locate a replacement or refill, and arrange for shipment.

Medical Monitoring

At your request, we will establish communication with the local attending medical provider, obtain as much information as possible about your situation, and begin monitoring your condition. Our medical professionals will stay in regular communication with the local medical personnel and relay necessary information to you and your family until the situation is resolved and you continue your travels or return home.

Translator and Foreign Services Assistance

In the event of an emergency, we will help you locate resources such as consulates, government agencies, translators or interpreters to assist you with travel-related problems.

Emergency Message Transmission

If you are injured or hospitalized, we can relay emergency messages between you and your family, or you and your employer, to keep everyone updated on your medical situation.

Lost or Stolen Property Recovery Assistance

If your luggage, documents, credit cards, or personal items are lost or stolen, we will help you report the missing items to the appropriate authorities. We can also help you replace your passports and credit cards and recover lost or delayed luggage from a carrier.

Travel Service Assistance

In the event of an emergency, we will help coordinate emergency travel arrangements and hotel reservations for you, including helping replace your lost or stolen airline tickets and arranging payment.

Legal Assistance and Referrals

If you are arrested, or are in danger of being arrested, we will help locate an attorney who can represent you in legal matters. Where permitted by law, we can also advance up to $5,000 in bail funds with an acceptable guarantee of reimbursement.

See benefit details in the DAN Boater Member Handbook - Download ⤓


Ask DAN Boater.


Is DAN Boater travel insurance? Or medical evacuation insurance?

DAN Boater is an annual membership in the world's premier travel safety association. It provides families and individuals with 24/7 access to medical emergency services and health and safety resources while traveling. Although membership does provide coverage for critical emergency services such as medical evacuation and repatriation — benefits typically associated with travel and medical evacuation insurance products — DAN Boater membership plans include a host of additional travel safety benefits, as well.

Does DAN Boater cover medical expenses?

DAN Boater membership is not medical coverage. It will not pay for medical treatment or loss caused by, or resulting from, sickness/illness or injury of any kind.

If you need coverage for unexpected medical expenses that occur while traveling outside your home country, take a look at our DAN Boater Travel Insurance options.

Do I have to be on my boat (or traveling by boat) to use DAN Boater benefits?

You can use your DAN Boater benefits any time you travel more than 50 miles from home, regardless of how you travel. Here are a few examples that illustrate some of the different types of recreational travel activities our members enjoy:

Who can I include on my DAN Boater Family membership?

DAN Boater Family memberships are designed for immediate family members only. This includes:

How can I protect my grandchildren when they travel with me?

The best way to cover your grandkids is to enroll them and their parents in a DAN Boater Family membership of their own, designating one of the parents as the primary contact. You can enroll and pay for the membership yourself or encourage the parent(s) to do it. Either way, everyone's covered throughout the year regardless of who is traveling with whom. Plus, it makes a great gift for kids heading off to summer camp or sailing school and for families who love to travel!

Is DAN Boater membership available to residents of ________?

You are eligible to enroll in DAN Boater membership if your primary residence is in the United States or its territories, Canada, and select areas of the Caribbean and South America. Our enrollment application includes a complete list of eligible countries.

How quickly can I expect to receive confirmation and coverage?

DAN Boater membership enrollment is quick — under 3 minutes — and easy. You will receive an email confirmation of your acceptance and details about your coverage immediately after completing the online application.

What are the maximum coverage amounts for member benefits?

You'll find coverage amounts for each benefit in the DAN Boater Member Handbook.

Who should I contact if I still have questions about DAN Boater?

Call 919-490-2011 or email our Member Support group. We are happy to answer all your questions.

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