Well, what can I say? We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world here both minutes from the the New Forest and the Jurassic coast of course it would be silly not to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings that line the coastline here and not make good use of it.
Coasteering is a physical activity that uses a variety of movements along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming. It is difficult to define the precise boundaries between, for example, rockpooling and ocean swimming. Coasteering may include all or some of the following:
Swimming/adventure swimming- in calm, rough or white water; and/or tidal/ currents. Dressing for coasteering in the sea (wetsuits, boots, buoyancy aid, helmet etc) is an integral part of Coasteering; even on routes where it is possible to stay dry. A route, or activity, where the group start out with the intention of staying dry - whether through route choice or the use of ropes and harnesses - is not coasteering.
Climbing/scramberling, canyoning, traversing at sea level- The variety in nature of the coastline will depend on what method you would use, and all climbing should be done above deep water. Coasteering is never a dry climbing activity.
Jumping- Often seen as the exciting and appealing part of Coasteering. These activities actually make up a minimal content of a coasteering session and groups would start out low and normally would work up to a higher jump. Generally diving isn't advised with wearing helmets due to compression to the head. There are specific techniques for jumping which are taught you by the Guides.
A defining factor of coasteering is the opportunity provided by the marine geology for moving in the “impact zone” where water, waves, rocks, gullies, caves etc., come together to provide a very high energy environment.
The Jurassic coast is perfect for Coasteering especially around Dancing Ledge and Durdle Door where you will find various companies running tours.
Both areas boast outstanding natural beauty that make it an ideal location for Coasteering, full of wildlife, caves, underwater tunnel systems, blow holes, pure limestone cliffs and more. Just ask the guides anything about where you are and they should be able to tell you.
Coasteering should never be undertaken alone, or without the necessary recommended qualifications and Protective Equipment and general knowledge of the area. If you want to try Coasteering then I highly recommend contacting a local Outdoor activity supplier who will happily take yourself, a group, hen/stag party, or the family out on a guided tour of the coastline to show you some of the most amazing caves and features that you would miss walking along the coast path, also there is a chance of seeing some fabulous wildlife including Puffins, Seals, Dolphins, Cormorants, Gannets, Peregrines etc while Coasteering.
All the Guides are Beach Lifeguard qualified, British Coasteering trained and qualified, and also have a wide range of expert skills to help deliver a fantastic and memorable session. Please do not miss read this as tomb stoning.
For more information and to book a session then contact Cumulus Outdoor who are located in the beautiful Purbeck Hills.