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WHAT IS COASTEERING?

Coasteering is a fantastic blend of adrenaline, action-packed adventure, and exploration suitable for adults and children of all ages. Traversing along the intertidal zone of the sea or a rocky coastline, it typically includes a mix of short swimming sections, entering and exiting the sea by way of climbing out or over rocks, wading in, scrambling over rocks, cliff jumping, and sometimes exploring caves.

Participants wear wetsuits, helmets, and buoyancy aids as they navigate the coastline, encountering various natural features like sluices, whirlpools, gullies, and intertidal areas. Coasteering allows for an up-close exploration of the coastal environment, offering an adrenaline-filled experience while also highlighting the importance of coastal conservation and appreciation for marine ecosystems. It's led by experienced guides who prioritize safety and provide insights into the local area, geography, history and wildlife.

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Where did Coasteering start?

It’s a sport that has mixed origins. Whether it was as surfers or climbers scrambling along cliff edges of cliffs in the 1980s in search of waves or a few enthusiasts doing unique climbs only available and accessed by “coasteering” to find secret spots it’s hard to say. It’s developed into an activity that gets you up close and personal with the coast and cliffs which would otherwise be inaccessible to most people. It's a fantastic inclusive activity and can be enjoyed by everyone.

 

Is it for everyone?

Absolutely! Coasteering is an accessible adventure activity you can make as challenging or as easy as you wish. A coasteering adventure is an opportunity to explore the coastline and push your boundaries at your own pace, with the reassurance and guidance of experienced guides. At its core, it allows for personal growth in a fun and exciting outdoor adventure environment.

What is the best thing about coasteering? You won’t be asked to do anything that you don’t want to do.

Known as "Challenge by choice", your guide is there to help gently challenge you to step out of your climbing comfort zone, whether by climbing a low-level traverse route, belly-flopping or cliff jumping. We encourage you to explore and engage in extreme routes at your comfort zone level while ensuring you're getting the best experience.

 

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Is Coasteering dangerous?

With experienced guides leading the way, the risk is minimal. While every adventure activity carries some level of risk, routes are pre-defined, planned, and backed with comprehensive NOPs > Emergency Operating Procedures and of course thorough instructor training and assessment.

Safety remains the top priority, closely followed by ensuring your enjoyment. Safety briefings explain techniques and give an understanding of mitigating any potential hazards. Guides are on hand to offer personalised attention, nudging individuals to explore just slightly out of their comfort zones (figuratively, of course).

What will I learn Coasteering?

You will learn skills essential equipment and techniques such as defensive swimming, how to enter and exit deep water safely and how to safely jump from height. Your guides will cover these techniques and more before in. your safety brief before you start your session

Wild swimming – As part of your Coasteer route, you’ll need to tackle short sections of sea swimming.  We call it adventure or wild swimming as you’ll swim short distances between one rock and the next. With help from a buoyancy aid to keep you afloat, you’ll be free to take in your surroundings leisurely before reaching your next section of land.

Low-level traversing – It’s rock climbing but not as you know it. With your body and feet just a few feet above the water line, low-level rock climbing is easier than you think. With plenty of deep water underneath you, the idea is to scale a section of rock leading to your next element without falling.

Deepwater cliff jumping  – No coasteering session is complete without a handful of deepwater jumps. Whether they are big or small, challenging yourself and overcoming your fear is truly worth the reward. We start small and we’ll explain and show you the best way to jump so that right from the start you feel confident in yourself.

You don’t need to complete a jump to move on to the next section, so it’s completely up to you!

Sea Caves  – Depending on the location and sea state, Coasteering can provide participants with the opportunity to swim and explore caves often hidden by the tide. If conditions align you’ll discover large caves eroded over the centuries by storms. Don’t worry if you're not a fan of tight spaces many of the caves are as big as cathedrals, great for gently swimming through and exploring what's normally hidden by the tide line.

Sluices, Whirlpools, Gullies & Pour overs – Guides are always on the lookout for elements that can be added to your session, as the tide moves, areas between rocks where water sloshes through, wash around or pours over become fun sections to be utilised.

Rise & Fall of the Ocean – An element which runs throughout Coasteering is the ‘rise & fall’, the undulations of the sea. You’ll be taught how to utilise and maximise your motions and go with the flow of the sea to help you enter and exit the ocean without a struggle. Timing is everything as you let the rise of the swells assist you in exiting or the fall, wash you through sluices and pour-overs. Always to be respected the motion in the ocean is a great addition to any coasteering session.

The National Coasteering Charter (NCC)

The National Coasteering Charter serves as a guiding framework and standard for all coasteering courses and activities across the UK. Its primary function is to establish safety, operational guidelines, and best practices within the coasteering industry. The charter sets out clear principles and safety standards that coasteering providers, instructors, and participants should adhere to, ensuring a safe and enjoyable coasteering experience while exploring the coastal environment.

This charter typically covers various aspects, including risk assessment, equipment standards, environmental considerations, participant briefings, equipment and guide qualifications. By promoting responsible and safe practices, the NCC aims to minimize risks associated with coasteering activities, protect the coastal environment, and enhance the overall experience for participants. It acts as a benchmark for quality and safety, providing a framework that encourages professionalism and excellence within the coasteering industry.

 

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What do I need to bring Coasteering?

For your Coasteering adventure you’ll need to bring:

  • Something to wear under a wetsuit. (bikini/trunks)

  • A pair of old lace-up trainers you don’t mind getting wet and a towel.

*After years of Coasteering with a variety of fancy footwear options, we have found that your average old pair of trainers work best to keep you from slipping and sliding about too much. Anything with a good sole.

 

Is Coasteering Environmentally Friendly?

Coasteering has a relatively low impact on the environment and natural areas used for sessions. Many companies are fully aware of how fortunate they are to be delivering adventure activities in beautiful natural surroundings. Through training courses such as WISE https://www.wisescheme.org/ guides being well-versed in preserving the natural coastline and its inhabitants, they're attuned to breeding seasons and nesting periods of local wildlife, respecting their habitats. Along the way, they're adept at spotting and identifying local seabirds, seals, and other fascinating wildlife, adding an enriching dimension to your experience.

Conclusion

In conclusion, coasteering embodies an exciting blend of adventure and exploration suitable for all ages. It encompasses various activities like swimming, climbing, and cliff jumping along the rocky coastlines, providing an adrenaline-filled experience while allowing participants to explore and appreciate the coastal environment.

This adventure sport caters to personal growth, emphasizing a "Challenge by Choice" approach where participants are encouraged to explore comfortably within their comfort zones.

Coasteering offers a diverse range of experiences, including rock climbing, sea swimming, cliff jumping, exploring sea caves, and navigating through natural elements like sluices and whirlpools. It's an inclusive activity adaptable to individual preferences, ensuring everyone can enjoy it at their own pace.

Environmental consciousness is integral to coasteering. Through initiatives like the National Coasteering Charter and training programs like WISE (Wilderness, Instructor, Safety, Education), guides prioritize preserving the natural coastline and its wildlife habitats. Coasteering is a low-impact activity that allows for an enriching exploration of the coastal environment while respecting and appreciating its beauty and inhabitants.

I’M READY TO MAKE THE JUMP

Great! We offer a combination of group, private and family coasteering adventures. So whatever your group size, we can cater to all. They each give you two hours of coasteering fun with an experienced guide, taking you along the stunning coastline around Newquay.

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