Covid – 19 update, We’re coasteering!!!
Thanks to the efforts of well, everybody, we’re now able to coasteer! We’re running from the 1st of April! Initially we’re going to limit numbers on our coasteers (in line with government advice and regulations) but with the situation in continous review that’ll probably change soon.
Bookings are flying in for the whole summer so if you’re planning to come coasteering, give us a shout ASAP!
Just in case things get weird again – any payments or deposits made for bookings that are consequently scuppered by Covid restrictions are fully refundable.
For the foreseeable, we’ll be taking all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of CV-19 transmission and we urge you to do the same – including letting us know if you or other participants have experienced symptoms or been in contact with anyone who has.
Please call 07880 746 892 for more information
Group discounts available – please enquire.
What you'll need
Bouyancy Aid, Helmet, Thick Wetsuit, A Guide(!)
You’ll need to bring:
A Towel, Old Trainers/Beach Shoes/Wetsuit Booties, Shorts
Coast-earring, Cow-Steering, Coaster ring, Coast-a-teering… There is often confusion around this thing we do.
Coasteering. What is it? It’s a lot of things. It’s wild-swimming and rock-scrambling. It’s exploring nooks and crannies, caves and pools. It’s playing around with swell and jumping into deep water. It’s meeting seals, eating seaweed and having a chat with a crab.
Primarily it’s an adventure activity that takes place along a stretch of coastline, mostly within the ‘inter-tidal zone’ – the bit between the high and low tide lines.
The jumping… it’s often seen as THE main part of coasteering and it’s definitely a part of it. BUT, jumping is just one topping on the epic coasteering pizza (maybe the olives). You can come on a session with us and – if you like – not jump at all! Leaping from a safe rocky platform into clear, blue water is awesome, we gently suggest everyone gives it a go. But don’t worry if it’s not your bag – there’s WAY more to coasteering that the airtime!
In short – not very! Our guides are highly experienced and subject to continuous training and assessment, before, during and after the coasteering season. Throughout a coasteer they’ll be constantly monitoring the conditions and the wellbeing of you and your fellow coasteerers.
Whilst coasteering is an adventure activity and therefore one that involves a degree of risk, we go to great lengths to manage and control risk factors, keep them at low-levels and keep you as safe as possible.
We’re members of the National Coasteering Charter – an organisation set up to establish and maintain the highest standards amongst coasteering providers.
We aim to be in the water for between 2 and 2.5 hours. That, we’ve found, is about right for 99% of people! We do offer special extended ‘Beast-steer’ sessions that cover more ground for much longer – give us a call if you think you’re – as they say – ‘hard enough’!
Most important – footwear. Trainers are the absolute best thing to wear coasteering – they’ve got good grip, thick soles and are secure on the foot. Wetsuit boots are ok (you want a decent sole though) and beach-shoes/reef-shoes can be adequate IF they’re secure. You really, really don’t want to lose a shoe mid-coasteer.
We also ask everyone to bring a pair of shorts to wear OVER their wetsuit. This serves two purposes – you look great(ish) but mostly you get a bit of padding and your wetsuit gets a bit of protection.
Firstly – rain does NOT matter! Bring a coat for getting changed – some of our meeting points are cliff-top carparks with no changing rooms, showers, hot-tubs… It’s the price we pay for going to amazing places!
Sometimes strong winds from certain directions and unusually large swells can cause us to move or postpone a coasteer. We can usually fall back to one of our more protected routes but rarely that’s not possible. If your session is rescheduled and you can’t make it, or cancelled – you will be refunded in full. This doesn’t happen often during the summer.
Some coasteering companies offer a photo/video option as an add-on. We don’t do this. The primary reason is that our guides need to focus entirely on keeping you safe and happy. (A secondary reason is that sometimes the photos are rubbish!)
If you have a GoPro or action cam (that’s waterproof to at least 5m) we’re happy for you to bring it along. Helmet mounts don’t really work but if you have a floaty handle or a lanyard that can be safely attached that’s all good.