Coasteering is one of the most popular commercial group experiences in the country! Coasteering consists in moving horizontally along the coastline. The technical term for this part of the coast is intertidal and it refers to the part of the coast that is underwater when the tide is in and not covered when the tide is out. It is a multi-faceted adventure that entitles various different activities from scrambling, traversing, climbing, canyoning along the rugged rocky terrain of the shoreline as well as cliff jumping and swimming in the swirling sea water below. Coasteering allows you to get up close and discover gullies, caves and the exquisite natural rocks of the coast. There are also tons of places to jump off (part of the thrills) into the water below with jumps from 1 to 10m above the sea!

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One of the best parts of Coasteering is swimming in the wild sea water below. A coasteering adventure without getting wet is just not a real coasteering experience! Coasteerers must dress for the event and neoprene wet suits are worn, along with booties, gloves and hoods in the colder months. Coasteering can be done all year around but in winter 4-5mm thick wet suits are worn, whereas they are normally 3mm during the warmer months. A helmet is always worn, along with a buoyancy aid no matter what the season it is.

Coasteering is regulated by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and there is an established British Coasteering Federation which regulates the activity.

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Before you start your adventure, you and your group will be given a briefing about water safety, swimming along the coast with rocks, what to do in an emergency, how to climb along the rock (there must always be three points of contact with the rock), how to swim defensively and aggressively in order to deal with the sea water and correct body posture when jumping (just to name a few).  Over the years the British Coasteering Federation has developed the position of the crossing of the arms in order to prevent any shoulder or arm injuries when hitting the water.

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The activity of Coasteering have been around for ages as they are ways of discovering sections of the coast that would otherwise be impossible to reach. However, it surfaced as a commercial activity in the 1990s in Pembrokeshire in Wales where they boasts a wonderful coast for such activities. Nowadays there is excellent Coasteering along many parts of the coast like Dorset, Cornwall, Anglesey, the Isles of Scotland and the Highlands. One could say that Britain boasts the world´s best coasts for Coasteering!

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Coasteering can be for all levels as different intensities can be chosen. There are, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and Coasteering races have been developed in other countries. It can also be geared towards ecological studies of the coast and it is becoming a tremendously popular activity for Hen and Stag dos, Teambuilding events and birthday parties.There are full and half day sessions offered with half days running from 2-4 horus and full days run from 5-6.

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Coasteering session by regulation must always be led by a minimum of two Coasteering leaders without exception (2 guides for a group of 14 but if the group is any bigger more guides must be added). One may be a head guide and the other an assistant. The activity provider running the Coasteering activity must hold insurance for £5 million.

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This is an exhilarating activity that´s a must for everyone! Children to grow adults and share an memorable day´s experience in natural while really blowing the cobwebs out! Have a look at our directory and find a coasteering provider near you!