Cornish Coasteering

From £40 /per person

Youngest age 8 years old

3.5 hours

On site parking

Cornish Coasteering, Dinham Farm, St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall, England PL27 6RH
Cornish Coasteering is everything you always wanted to do at the seaside when you were a kid but were not allowed! You can swim, climb and jump your way along the cliffs, play in the waves and explore sea caves with our guidance. Discover the Cornish coastline from a unique perspective under the supervision of our qualified and experienced instructors.
Located in Cornwall, Cornish Coasteering specialises in coasteering. With our extensive knowledge of coasteering locations in the area, your session will be tailored to fit tides and swells. Throughout your Cornish Coasteering adventure, our instructors work to keep you safe and have a good time. We are located on a picturesque campsite known as Dinham Farm, where you can enjoy campfires and wide-open spaces. Our base consists of a converted shipping container in which we welcome you and prepare you for your journey. The Cornish Coasteering Experience is everything a kid at the seaside always wanted to do but couldn't do! Our guides will show you how to swim, climb and jump your way along the cliffs, play in the waves, and explore sea caves. Under the guidance of our qualified and experienced instructors, discover the Cornish coastline from a unique perspective. Everyone can enjoy coasteering since it is open to all abilities and does not require previous experience. Our sessions are tailored to the group's ability, whether you are a first-time coaster or a seasoned veteran! Coastering is an ideal activity for various groups since it challenges individuals, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and trust. Families, individuals, corporations, clubs, and stag do weekends and hen parties can all benefit from coasteering.
Cornish Coasteering uses two main locations, which we choose according to weather, tidal conditions and swells. These locations are just a short drive from our base at Dinham Farm. Port Quin is an ideal sheltered inlet at high tide, protected from most of the Atlantic swells. Even when the surf is quite big at Polzeath beach around the corner, it may still be possible to Coasteer here around high tide. The cliffs at Port Quin feature cliff jumps from 2 to 35 feet, as well as wild swims, wave features, climbing challenges, and amazing scenery steeped in history. It is possible to coasteer Port Gaverne at all tides, but it is more vulnerable to swells from the Atlantic. The cliff jumping here is also excellent, ranging from 2 - 35 feet high. We start small and make our way up. Here you can swim through gulleys and into lagoons, where there are challenging climbs and lots of exploration opportunities. Depending on the conditions, the Port Gaverne coasteer can include exploring many sea caves, ranging from narrow tunnels to large cathedrals. A Port Gaverne Coasteer takes you to a very rugged and wild stretch of coast that would otherwise be unseen.
When operating in an environment as dynamic and challenging as the ocean, safety cannot be taken for granted. Each of our Coasteer guides is a certified lifeguard and a first aider. Our lead guides who run the sessions only do so after extensive training and experience. Only after assisting a lead guide for several seasons will anyone be allowed to lead a session of their own. Two qualified and experienced guides run each session. Participants are required to comply with instructions and listen to our guides' advice during the session. At the beginning of the session, we provide a comprehensive safety briefing and practical tips and advice on coasteering techniques. As we coasteer along the coast, we will point out obstacles and navigate a safe route while taking in all that the coast has to offer. We are committed to having fun while remaining safe. Our organisation is a member of the Coasteering Charter Group, which aims to establish best practices within coasteering. The Coasteering Charter Group is recognised by the Marine Coastguard Agency, the R.N.L.I and the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. While coasteering, you will scramble, swim, climb and jump across cliffs while you traverse the coastline. The experience gives you a unique perspective, challenges you, and is a lot of fun!
Our instructors know the routes we use inside and out and have extensive knowledge of the effects of tides, winds and swells. However, with that said, no two sessions are alike, and instructors need to think on their feet to match routes to the groups' levels of ability. The act of scrambling is not the same as walking down the street; every step must be taken into consideration. Here, common sense prevails; stand on the grippy and avoid the slippery. The texture of the rocks, especially if they have barnacles, will help you keep your balance. When possible, keep away from anything green or smooth and wet. The third point of contact, such as holding onto a rock while you scramble, can also reduce the risk of slipping or falling. The swimming element while coasteering is different from your regular swimming in a pool for several reasons. In the first place, you are in a totally wild environment, and the scenery is stunning! You will be navigating your way through gullies and lagoons. Waves will push and pull you while you swim, lifting you up and down. It's just a matter of going with the flow. Secondly, it takes some time to get used to swimming in coasteering gear. Your buoyancy will cause you to float on the surface like a cork. Having this advantage allows you to completely relax if you become tired and bob around while taking a breather. Most of the climbing we do is traversing; they are more sideways than vertical. During the climb, we will be climbing above water so that if you slip, you can exit safely into the sea (this is called bailing out). Most of our climbing will be climbing to get somewhere, which will often be jumping or climbing onto ledges and platforms extending from the sea. When most people think of coasteering, they picture cliff jumping! You will have plenty of opportunities to jump during your session. During the session, the jumps are tackled in ascending order, starting with the smaller jumps and working our way up to greater heights. As we progress from low to high heights, you will be expected to demonstrate a safe technique for jumping and landing in the water. You will be given the green light to jump higher if you jump well. The option of swimming or scrambling around a jump and avoiding it while watching others jump is always available, as jumping might not be for everyone. Some people simply cannot get enough of the jumps, and most want to try at least some of them. Additionally, there will be safe platforms where you can dive, belly flop, bomb or stunt jump. From time immemorial, kids have scrambled over shorelines, swam in the sea, and jumped off rocks. In recent years, it has only been that coasteering has gained popularity enough to be featured in weekend travel supplements. For over a century, there have been various activities containing some elements of coasteering, including climbing clubs circumnavigating headlands by sea-level traversing. The R.A.F. at St Mawgan also used the activity to train military personnel. Coasteering began as a commercial activity around 30 years ago in Pembrokeshire led by Tyr-y-Felin and has since spread to many coastal regions of the U.K., such as Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Scotland and Wales. Coasteering has now been entered into the English Oxford Dictionary; coasteering means exploring rocky coastlines by climbing, jumping, and swimming.