Coasteering

Coasteering is an exhilerating activity for people of all abilities between the ages of 8 and 80, involving rock climbing, swimming, scrambling and jumping a few metres above or below sea level. Many Pembrokeshire businesses and individuals have been innovators of coasteering since the 1960's, this is in no small part to the superb sheltered coves and sea caves for beginners, to large exposed cliffs dropping straight into the sea. On a sunny day with blue skies, calm sea and small waves the hazards are few, but the sea is like the weather is unpredictable and storms - miles out in the Atlantic Ocean - can change the sea conditions within an hour or so turning a benign into a serious undertaking. Proper equipment, experience of what to do when the sea conditions change suddenly, detailed knowledge of the escape routes and first aid are essential for a safe trip.

The geology, wildlife and unspoilt environment are some of the main attractions of coasteering. Respecting them is vital to minimise the potential damage done by the passage of thousands of people. Everyone who goes coasteering has a responsibility to look after the coastal wildlife and environment.

Do you struggle to identify wildlife or want to learn more?

Fact Sheet CoverFact Sheets on the wildlife and geology of Pembrokeshire have been produced to help you to interpret the natural environments of Pembrokeshire, and pass on information about the plants animals and goelogy of the area to others. You can download and print out your own paper copy of these fact sheets for free here: Fact Sheets

Or you can order a set of the waterproof fact sheets for £11.50 + p&p by clicking ‘add to cart’ button below:

Best practice guidelines for coasteering

POCG members have worked with other coasteering companies in Wales, the National Coasteering Charter (NCC), PCNPA, Natural Resources Wales and other conservation organisations to design best practice guidelines and a code of conduct for all coasteering groups.

The below film highlights best practice for coasteering... (Hard Copies are available from POCG)

Coasteering video - Best Practice Guidelines

The below film highlights the code of conduct for coasteering or download a written version HERE

Coasteering video - Code of Conduct

Click here to view these Nationally agreed safety competencies for centres offering coasteering.

Click here for minimum competencies for guides developed by the NCC and National Water Safety Forum.

If you are new to coasteering the POCG recommend using a local coasteering guide or business. Many POCG members offer guided coasteering sessions for all levels of expertise and will provide you with all the essential safety equipment together with the knowledge to appreciate the special habitats that you will be seeing ...Mostly from a unique perspective.

To view businesses who offer coasteering guiding, click here and then on the 'coasteering' icon...