Coasteering in North Wales
Coasteering is a fairly new watersport that anyone can do, swimming is a skill that is required, along with a basic ability to climb simple things and also a head for heights for jumping off rocks into the water! Its great fun and you should defiantly try it out.
In coasteering you explore rocky coastlines that can be found all over North Wales. It
often starts with climbing up and then jumping off and then swimming. Coasteering is considered to be a thrilling adventure by many people.
With the regular high cliffs of the North Wales and surrounding area, there are very few places in the United Kingdom that are as nice for the adrenalin powered coasteering adventures. In addition to the cliffs though, you have plenty of undeveloped coast line with protected coves and soft sand beaches.
What To Expect when coasteering in north Wales ?
When you go coasteering, you should expect to be engaged in climbing rock faces and jumping off of them. That means that there are heights involved, as well as a lot of swimming. Being able to tread water and be at least relatively comfortable with climbing is a good idea but is not required if you have an instructor.
More than that though, you should expect to have a good time and make memories that you will keep for the years to come.
What Do You Need To Go Coasteering?
Coasteering is a water sport so you will need a wetsuit. For those who don’t like the cold water, a wetsuit is recommended to help keep you warm during your adventures. Other than that you will need a lifejacket, helmet and some gloves..Then just need to find a location to go coasteering, you can read more about that below.
For some coasteering locations you won’t be able to access them from land. You will either need to rent or charter a powerboat or similar vessel. This will allow you to have somewhere to base your fun and you can access the water.
You will probably want to be able to capture amazing photographs of you and your friends or jumping off the coast. This can be done with a gopro or something similar. Most companies that arrange these kind of trips will capture photographs for you.
The most essential items used for coasteering in north Wales are
Helmet, life jaket, wetsuit, suitable footwear, dry bag, throw buoy for safety and we use a waterproof vhf ticked in the dry bag in its own waterproof bag, this along with some climbing slings and a medi kit.
When Is The Best Time To Go Coasteering in north Wales ?
The best time of the year to go coasteering is during the summer. Hot summer sun will shine down on you as you jump off cliff faces into the amazing Welsh water. Despite being gorgeous year round, the water in North Wales will be significantly colder during the winter. While you can still go adventuring during the winter, you will require a thick winter wetsuit and need to keep in mind how cold water will affect your body. With the storms that give our coast such a bashing int winter months we usually avoid this time of year!
It is highly recommended that you do not go coasteering after dark. It would be too hard to see if someone was in distress in the water.
How Do You Find Places to Go Coasteering in North Wales?
As we have already mentioned above, there are plenty of coasteering locations in North Wales, as such, there are plenty of lists of places to go. Most rocky headlands with access to a beach are hotspots, places such as Porthdaffach, Rhoscolyn, Treaddur bay, and further around the coast from Rhosneigr near Aberfraw are all excellent. From these locations you can find both good spots and bad spots to engage in the thrill seeking you desire. Make sure you check the tides and weather as these are critical to safety, we can’t emphasise this enough there are currents, eddies and swell to consider which are all influenced by weather. So do your due diligence in this respect. Always go as a pair minimum also so if you get in trouble you can help one another out. In fairness if your not from the area, we recommend that you utilize a local outfit to help you find the perfect trip.
Many local companies have an expertise in watersports, coasteering, and other adrenalin filled activities that you might want to engage in while exploring the water. The reason we recommend using one of these companies is that they know the best locations to visit. Especially the best, uncommon locations. These companies also have the resources such as boats and equipment that you might need to have a perfect adventure.
If you have never been coasteering before or are uncomfortable with your skill level it is a wise idea to hire a professional to come with you. Local companies don’t just provide guides and equipment, they can also provide expert instructors to help you feel more comfortable with the process.
Coasteering is an exciting adventure that adds an unexpected twist to any holiday or even just a weekend adventure. If you are looking to go coasteering, go for it. At first the idea of coasteering might be scary but after your first jump, it might feel like second nature. Have fun!
Want a local company to take you coasteering? See our hand picked list of local companies in north Wales who are pros at taking groups out coasteering..