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Coasteering originated on the Pembrokeshire coastline, when a group of surfers decided to explore the shoreline by scrambling, climbing and jumping in the 1980s. Since the 80’s Coasteering has become one of the fastest-growing water-based activities in the UK. Suitable for families, hen and stag parties and corporate groups, coasteer adventure centres run a variety of courses to suit your level of adventure.
Coasteering is the exploration of coastline at sea level. It’s like a nature trail along a rocky coast involving scrambling, swimming and jumping along rocks and into the sea. Coasteering is a unique and adventurous way to explore the coastline around you. A coasteer is as much about adrenaline-fuelled fun as it is about enjoying and exploring the natural habitat along your coastal route.
Coasteering with a qualified guide is not dangerous. You are kitted out with a wetsuit buoyancy aid and helmet. Your guide will assess the sea state, the tide and weather so that you have a safe and enjoyable coasteer. If you decided to coasteer alone then you could be risking your life, so Coasteering is always advised as part of an organised group with a qualified guide.
You should always check that the Coasteering operator you choose is part of AALA and the National coasteering Charter. Your guide should be very familiar with your route, the tide, and the natural environment you will be exploring.
If you are fit and well, can swim and are aged over eight years, then Coasteering is accessible to you. You should have a degree of confidence in the water, but your guide will happily calm most nerves and fears you may have. Your buoyancy aid is an excellent source of safety and comfort during the adventure. With a variety of routes to choose from, you can ease yourself into discovering the beautiful sport of Coasteering.
Is coasteering exciting? When you coasteer, you use your muscles for swimming, scrambling and hauling yourself along the route. Mentally you are challenged, and it’s a total release from the strains and stresses of everyday life. Coasteering is a healthy sport which keeps you fit and nourishes the mind; it sure is healthy!
Who can coasteer? The Coasteering courses on offer will have jumps of varying sizes. Often a coasteering route will allow you to skip a leap. What typically happens is that you push your boundaries of comfort and end up being genuinely exhilarated when you make a jump you never expected to achieve.
Is coasteering good for you? When you coasteer, you use your muscles for swimming, scrambling and hauling yourself along the route. Mentally you are challenged, and it’s a total release from the strains and stresses of everyday life. Coasteering is a healthy sport which keeps you fit and nourishes the mind; it sure is healthy!
What do I need to go coasteering? The main pieces of safety equipment are a helmet, a buoyancy aid and a wetsuit. You’ll need some old shorts to go over your wetsuit, and a pair of old trainers to protect your feet. Most coasteering centres will provide you with the wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet. You’ll probably need to provide the trainers and shorts. All you need is an excellent guide. Finally, you should go Coasteering when the tide and weather are right.