Public liability insurance is an important consideration for all personal trainers and fitness instructors and may be required by your lease, local council (if you operate in public spaces) or pursuant to your contract. If you’re a contractor or own a gym or fitness club, then this type of insurance will help to protect you financially if a third party (clients or members of the public) injures themselves on your premises or where you conduct business.
Example: You’re running a group exercise session and one of your clients trips over some cracked tiling. Subsequently, they sue you for providing an unsafe exercise space. Public liability insurance will cover legal costs and any compensation you’re required to pay.
Professional indemnity insurance helps to financially protect professionals who provide advice or services to individuals or businesses if they’re found negligent or in breach of their professional duty. It will also respond to allegations of negligence.
Example: You design a workout plan for Cindy. However, Cindy ruptures her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and blames you. She claims the workout plan was too strenuous and takes legal action. Your insurance will cover legal costs and a compensation payout (if required).
Additionally, you may want to consider the following types of insurance:
Handy tip: A number of these covers can typically be combined with public liability insurance.
N.B. Insurance is subject to terms and conditions. Always read your policy’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) or policy wording for a complete overview of what’s covered and excluded by your insurer.
Public liability insurance is often required if you own a gym or fitness studio or operate as a contractor. You’ll also need this type of cover to receive a council permit to conduct classes in public areas.
Professional indemnity is also an important consideration as personal trainers provide services and give advice that could potentially harm their client despite all your best efforts.
No. Cover amounts, inclusions, exclusions, excesses and more will vary from insurer to insurer and policy to policy. What’s more, some insurers may offer the same level of cover but at a different price. It’s also important to remember that your premiums will vary depending on the level of excess you choose when taking out your policy.
This will depend on how much you can afford to pay in the event of a claim. Choosing a lower excess amount will increase the price of your premiums, however.
The amount of cover you should take out depends on the type of insurance and your unique situation. Are you an employee, contractor or owner? Most policies come with options and provide a standard amount appropriate to your industry.
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Your premiums will depend on a range of variables, including the type of insurance you take out, the size of your personal training business, your past claim history (if any) and your business’s location.
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