Coasteering is the popular name given to the activity of swimming, low level rock scrambling and jumping from rock ledges into deep water. We use the features along a stretch of coastline or harbour as a route. Areas such as gullies and caves are used by swimming in and around them, when this is combined with the action of swell (waves) it creates a fantastic playground for us to entertain you.
Is it Safe?
In a word, YES! Like any outdoor activity, there are risks but if you listen to our instructors and have a small amount of common sense coasteering is very safe. All routes are risk assessed and our head instructor Sam Williams has been using these routes since the age of 10 (over 20 years ago). We wear high quality 5mm winter wetsuits to keep you warm, wetsuit boots, a 50-newton buoyancy aid and a water sports safe helmet, we can also provide gloves in early and late season. Our instructors are all fully qualified beach lifeguards, in house trained to a high standard and are not allowed to lead sessions until they have at least 3 years experience on sessions along our routes.
Coasteering sessions generally run one-two hours before high water unless it is particularly calm when we can use some low tide routes, which are generally more exposed to swell and wind conditions.
Session lengths will vary slightly depending on the time of year and the water temperature. Summer sessions approx. 2.5 hrs in the water. Spring and Autumn sessions 1-2 hrs in the water.
If possible please try and meet at our base 10 minutes before the start time. Once we have said hi there is a medical/participation form to fill in for each person and any payments to sort. We will then issue kit and get you to follow us down to the days location where we will have parking space for you at no cost, then we will then change into wetsuits if we haven't decided to do this up at HQ. The session will then commence (Please see more detailed information for particular session content).Once the session is over and everyoneʼs back on dry land we will change back out of our wetsuits at the location, and you are free to go!
What we provide:
Wetsuit, Wetsuit boots, Buoyancy aid, Helmet, 2 Local Qualified instructors with plenty of knowledge and experience, and an amazing adventure!
What you need to bring:
Wetsuit if you have your own (we will check its suitability), Swim wear for under wetsuit, Towel, Warm clothes to change into when back at the base, water and some sunscreen if its sunny!
We charge £40/person for all our coasteering routes, Or £35/person if in a family group of 4 or more. whether beginner, advanced or intermediate. We will try to challenge the more adventurous members of the group and go easy on the more timid! If you have coasteered before and are up for a challenge let us know beforehand and we will put you in a group with like minded people we can always find a route to push your comfort zone!
We recommend a minimum age of 10 (younger by arrangement) for our coasteering sessions. We do not have an upper age limit but just use common sense please. Feel free to call or email if you have a specific concern. Coasteering does need a basic level of fitness, if you find it hard swimming 2 lengths of a standard 25m pool you may struggle to complete a beginner session. if you are a family group you can book a private session so that you have no worries about holding anyone else up!