Coasteering with Giants!

A  Coasteering Odyssey of Giant proportions!

Ballintoy to Carrick-a-reed

This is a “must do” Coasteering Adventure and one that is guaranteed to give you memories that you will never forget!

We will be setting off from Ballintoy Harbour and make our way to Carrick-a-reed rope bridge.  You will use all the typical Coasteering techniques such as scrambling over rocks, jumping off cliffs, smimming and body surfing!

But this journey is much more than that.

You should expect to see puffins, commorants, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills and guillemots, and explore caves full of stalactites and stalagmites, forts, chalky outcrops rich with flint and belemnites and “volcanic bombs”

The things you will see will blow your mind and you will be one of a few priveledged people to have seen this section of the North Coast from this angle!

Unlike all of our other Coasteering Adventures this one is only available to those who have already been Coasteering and please only sign up if you have a reasonable level of fitness and are both confident and competent in the water!

Cost: £75 per person or £60 per person if booking 2 or more people

20% discount for all bookings confirmed before Friday 17th August!

And remember – this will be amazing!!

Coasteering Guidance for Instructors

We have said it many times – Coasteering is the fastest growing Adventure Sport in the UK and Ireland.  Great news for us – we just love introducing people to what has to be one of the best natural thrills there is.  But with an increase in the sport there are consequences:

  • Over use of some of our venues putting pressure on our environment
  • New Coasteering providers, some of whom have limited experience and do not fully appreciate the risks that can be involved
  • Increased exposure will encourage people to try Coasteering without the use of a Guide and often without the correct equipment

Thankfully there are a number of brilliant Coasteering providers across the UK and Ireland and many of these companies have been involved in the development of the Coasteering Charter.  Although we have not had the opportunity to get involved we are 100% behind this and are pushing to get in introduced to Northern Ireland.  We will keep you up to date on this and in the meantime you should have a look at these videos:

 

Coasteering at Ballintoy

If you are after a buzz with plenty of laughter, water and splashes then Coasteering is definitely for you!

Coasteering Northern Ireland

Are you up for some Coasteering? Give us a call on 08455213145 or email [email protected]

Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident.

During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely.

Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea.

Cost: £45 per person
Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers – bring 4 friends and you go free!

To book your places give us a call on

08455213145 or email [email protected]

JUMP the HUMP!

If you are after a buzz with plenty of laughter, water and splashes then Coasteering is definitely for you!

CoasteeringNIAnd now you can join us on this midweek Coasteering treat! Get over the HUMP, with a JUMP!

Are you up for some Coasteering? Give us a call on 08455213145 or email [email protected]

Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident.

During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely.

Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea.

Cost: £45 per person
Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers – bring 4 friends and you go free!

To book your places give us a call on

08455213145 or email [email protected]co.uk

OutdoorNI.com Does… Coasteering Northern Ireland

We were delighted when Sarah Nelson from OutdoorNI contacted us full of enthusiasm to take her sister Coasteering and blog about the experience.  And now you can read about it here…

Having exhausted all the usual birthday ideas for my sister an afternoon spent clambering over the rocks of the North Coast and jumping into the sea seemed like the perfect gift.  Not only did it mean there was no need to attempt to wrap anything, it also gave me an excuse to free load on the birthday bandwagon.

Realising we wouldn’t be able to go until October, I was pleasantly surprised to find that coasteering is offered all year round, a quick email to CoasteeringNI and we were good to go. The meeting place of Ballintoy harbour was a treat in itself with spectacular views and a beautiful sandy beach making this whole jumping into the sea thing seem surprisingly very appealing.  We met Stephen, our instructor for the day, and two others who had booked on to the session.  After our introductions we were kitted out with wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and gloves.  There were wetsuits for all shapes and sizes and Stephen made sure everyone was comfortable and happy with their kit.

Coasteering Northern Irealnd

A short cross country walk (where everyone took great care to stay away from the puddles despite the fact we were minutes away from being submerged!) brought us to our starting point.  On the beach Stephen gave us a safety briefing and then came the question – is anyone afraid of water or heights?  A water baby at heart, the crashing waves and salty sea water I could handle, but heights on the other hand…The question was met with silence, nobody wanting to admit they weren’t the ‘cool adrenaline seeking types’. Even so we were all assured that if there was anything we didn’t want to do then there would always be another way – we were all there to have fun!

Before getting into the water there was time for a quick photo opp (because who doesn’t want a photo of themselves in a skin tight wetsuit complete with MJ style white socks and Bob the Builder helmet?).  Then the moment everyone was waiting for – time to get wet!  After the initial cold first waves hit us it wasn’t long before the wetsuits had us nice and warm.   We swam towards our first challenge of the afternoon – a climb up a rock surface protruding from the sea.  Once everyone was assembled at the top we were briefed on the proper way to jump so we wouldn’t hurt ourselves. Before we knew it Stephen had jumped off the edge and was preparing to film our not so elegant jumps into the secluded pool.  Somehow I had managed to be first up.  A deep breath and a leap of faith and I was in.  So this is what an adrenaline rush feels like?! – having a fear of speed, heights and a hatred for anything that remotely reassembles a roller coaster, this was something that had so far eluded me.

The next hour was spent amongst the waves, climbing out onto the rocks – which sometimes proved quite the challenge.  With the waves constantly changing the water level it was all about timing. Every time you thought you’d made it the waves came down around you and you were left dangling attempting to hold your body weight – unless you have Madonna like biceps this was not an easy task! We all soon got the knack, realising it was all about using the force of the water to lift you up – third time lucky and a few laughs later I had made it.  Once out it wasn’t long before we were back in and time for our next challenge; imagine the travelator  from hit 90’s show Gladiators – only the water version and this was what we were up against.  The narrow passage into a rounded pool had created a forceful suction that seemed impossible to swim against, however timed right you were easily pelted into the calm waters beyond.  Once in it was time to float about and laugh as everyone else tried with all their might not to be defeated.

It was now time to jump off our highest point yet; thankfully during the steep climb to the top everyone had great patience for me and my slow rock climbing! Every sport I have ever tried I have been told ‘you are going to hurt yourself’; my cricket coach begged ‘please don’t try and catch the ball’, in my short lived hockey days I had my fair share of falls, and let’s not forget that time I managed to injure myself whilst waiting to even get on the boat! Unfortunately for me coasteering was looking to continue my trend ‘I think you are going to face plant’ are the reassuring words I heard from Stephen as we assembled at the top of our 15ft drop.  All joking aside we were reminded how to jump safely and avoid the dreaded belly flop.  One by one we stepped onto the ledge, composed ourselves (some taking longer than others!) and took the plunge.  After building our confidence with two jumps from this height it was time to go higher!  How high is ‘higher’? was my immediate reaction before deciding to at least climb on up and see for myself.  Once at the top I was most definitely certain that I would fall attempting to climb back down so jumping of the edge seemed like the best option.   Wobbly kneed and heart racing I tentatively steeped towards the ledge, a deep breath and a scream later and I had faced my fear.

The session flew in and before we knew it, it was time to head onto the shore.  On the walk back we still didn’t enter the puddles – after you’ve just gone coasteering, jumping into two inches of water just isn’t going to cut it! All in all it was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon and I can’t wait to do it again, so if you’re reading this sis – I think I know what I want for my birthday!

Read more Northern Ireland Adventure Blogs here – http://www.outdoorni.com/blog/

Valentine’s Day Sucks!

Valentines Coasteering

We don’t actually think that Valentine’s Day sucks.  But we know there are plenty of people out there stuck for something to do while their friends are off on romantic breaks!  

If that’s you, why don’t you come and jump off a cliff with us?  Promise it won’t
hurt!

Truth is, Coasteering is a thrilling activity that comes with guaranteed laughter,
adrenaline and splashes!  Come on, you know you wanna!

Are you up for some Coasteering? Give us a call on 08455213145 or email
[email protected]

 

Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident.

During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely.

Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea.

Cost: £45 per person
Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers – bring 4 friends and you go free!

To book your places give us a call on

08455213145 or email [email protected]

We are awesome!

That’s what they said!!!

AWESOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coasteering sessions are never the same.  The tides, wind, sun, waves and the ability/craziness of the people taking part all make each session different – that’s why we love it!

And now and again, someone will say something or do something that will stand out and make us all smile, laugh or occasionally shake our heads in despair (usually laughing too).

Walking back to the Jeep one day after a “Watersprouts” session was one of those such moments.  The kids kept talking about how awesome the session was.  The rocks were awesome! The sea was awesome! The waves were awesome! The jumps were awesome! Coasteering is awesome! The helmets and wetsuits were awesome! We were awesome! The Jeep was awesome! Everything was awesome! 

The awesome part for us though was when they agreed that they all loved being awesome! 

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed

It was Christmas Eve and while most of the rest of the population were busying themselves with last minute preparations for Christmas Day I was heading towards Ballintoy for a Family Coasteering Adventure.  The family on this occasion was a 50 year old Dutch woman who is volunteering at Corrymeela, her 20 something son and her son-in-law.

As I approached the harbour I could see that the sea was rough but not too rough.  I can hear the conversation I had in my head as clear as day – “I’ve Coasteered here loads and have been out when it’s been worse.  Yeah, it might be rough but there are always rough sea/weather routes to choose.  This is going to be class! Hope they all like a bit of adventure.”  I was also planning the session around the cold weather and icy-wind although it was nowhere near as cold as I thought it would have been.  And with that I parked the jeep and got everyone kitted up in wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and gloves.

The Elelphant

From the car park it takes the guts of 10 minutes to walk to the start point, the local feature known as the Elephant.  It is a huge lump of rock and from a distance one can clearly see the trunk, ears and eyes of an elephant – really cool!  As we walked down to the beach for the standard safety brief and equipment my thought process about the session changed quite dramatically.

I could now see waves crashing over the first scramble that we use.  For any of you reading this that have been out with us try and remember the V in the rocks before the first jump in to the pool – there were huge amounts of spray coming through here.

The V My eyes were busy studying this and the waves while I chatted to the group – evaluating and contemplating.  Decision made, we can easily head up to the top and steer right – the waves and spray won’t reach us there – and I was right!

As we approached the top of the scramble we were all in awe at the powerful waves crashing in.  “The washing machine” was completely washed out – there was absolutely no chance we would go anywhere near it!  Again, I was studying the sea and after a while I was satisfied that we could do the first jump and then move right towards the plateau.

Everyone did the jump and we timed the scramble perfectly and moved right.  As we moved across the rocks I pointed out where we were going and, as I usually do, threw my safety bag across the small inlet and on to the rocks high above the sea.  I was somewhat shocked though to see a wave come roaring in and grab my bag.

So where were my thoughts at this stage?  In the short space of time since we had reached the top of the first scramble I could see the sea getting angrier and more volatile.  At the time of throwing my bag across I had decided that we would swim across to the plateau and escape from there to the safety of the shore (one of the many escape routes available which is why we like Ballintoy so much).  As soon as my bag got swept away I decided I would retrieve it and then we would escape without going to the plateau.

I got the bag and got my three buzzing participants in the water and BOOM we were hit by a big wave and carried to the shore.  From here I explained the seriousness of the sea and even though they were all buzzing they understood why I was calling an end to the session.

We had a good chat about it on the way back to the car park and agreed to heading out on Boxing Day before the lads went home.  Incidentally, it has been postponed until another time as the sea was just as bad then!

Is there a moral to the story?

Of course!  The group loved it and described the experience as exhilarating but they understood that their safety, and mine, was more important than the adrenaline rush.  For me, I found it very interesting to get back to the harbour to find that the sea state there was the same as when we headed off – just goes to show how changeable the sea can be or how a few 100 meters can make a difference.

At no stage did the group feel that they had lost out, we arranged to reschedule and I know that they have even more confidence in our ability to look after them.

Boxing Day Dip!

Too much Turkey on Christmas Day?  Feeling bloated and in need of some fresh air? Well….

It’s that time of year again and we are ready for another Boxing Day Dip!  Are you?

CoasteeringNI

Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident.

During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely.

Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea.

Cost: £45 per person
Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers – bring 4 friends and you go free!

To book your places give us a call on

08455213145 or email [email protected]

Coasteering at Ballyhornan

If you are after a buzz with plenty of laughter, water and splashes then Coasteering is definitely for you.

Jump with thumbs upAre you up for some Coasteering? Give us a call on 08455213145 or email [email protected]

Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident.

During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely.

Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea.

Cost: £45 per person

Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers – bring 4 friends and you go free!

To book your places give us a call on

08455213145 or email [email protected]

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