Published on Apr 3, 2017
Everything you need to know about Coasteering
The coastlines of Britain offer a vast amount of different activities for those seeking adventure and adrenaline. We are blessed with some of the most dramatic and beautiful stretches of cliffs, beaches and coves in Europe that are waiting to be explored. A particular type of activity that makes use of our wonderful island landscape is Coasteering – You may not have heard of this form of adventure activity, however, it is becoming hugely popular in the southern coastal regions of the UK. What exactly is Coasteering and how can you get involved?
Coasteering – What is it?
The actual definition of Coasteering is quite vague but the following is a good fit:
“Coasteering involves physical activities such as swimming, diving, climbing and jumping along areas of intertidal coastlines without the aid of boats or other watercraft”
Whilst this phrase sums up Coasteering, it is actually an in-depth and varied activity that has no strict rules or procedures. A Coasteering session could be as simple as jumping from the top of a cliff into the open waters, to something complex like scrambling across a rock face to find a hidden cave at the water’s edge. Coasteering sessions will usually take place either at the top of, or the bottom of a cliff and during your activities, you will explore a specific coastal region in a close-up and personal manner.
Coasteering is what you make of it! The possibilities are endless and the amount of enjoyment and fun to be had is unparalleled. It is easy to see why this activity is seeing a surge in popularity – It is accessible and easy to learn, but at the same time challenging and sometimes physically demanding. Imagine scrambling down the slopes of the dramatic Pembrokeshire cliffs or traversing a stretch of the 630 miles of coast that encompass Cornwall.
What equipment do I need to join a Coasteering session?
The type of equipment required will vary depending on what type of Coasteering you are participating in, but a general list can be seen below:
– Wetsuit: A wetsuit is generally required as most forms of Coasteering will involve getting wet!
– Helmet: For safety purposes, a helmet is advised especially when scrambling on cliffs.
– Grip Shoes: Comfortable shoes with a strong grip are essential when climbing on slippery surfaces.
– Gloves: Protective gloves with grip can aid any climbing.
These items are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased from an outdoor gear retailer or a specialist adventure gear provider.
What are the benefits of Coasteering?
This type of outdoor venture offers a huge amount of benefits and is a great all-around activity that stimulates both your mind and body. Firstly, the physical aspect and technicality involved will help improve your fitness levels and muscle strength. Secondly, you can expand your mind and knowledge through the different species of wildlife you will encounter and the various geological environments you will traverse. Thirdly, you can have meaningful social interactions and improve your communication and teamwork skills by helping your fellow adventurers. Finally, you can push yourself to the max, build your confidence and break out of your comfort zone.
If this sounds like the type of activity you would enjoy, there is a range of qualified Coasteering experts that will show you the ropes (or rocks in this case!) and set you off on your first adventure!