Coasteering Grand Prix

Coasteering Grand Prix

This is going to be epic!!!

We are über excited to be launching the Coasteering Grand Prix which is a must do series of Coasteering Trips around our amazing Coastline!

We are going to be hitting the following venues over the coming weeks:

Ballintoy: Sunday 15th September, 10.00am – 12.30pm click here for more info
Ballyhornan: Sunday 22nd September, 1.30pm – 4.30pm click here for more info
Port: Sunday 29th September, 11.00am – 3.00pm click here for more info
Dunluce: Sunday 6th October, 1.30pm – 4.00pm click here for more info
Bloody Bridge: Sunday 13th October, 1.30pm – 4.00pm click here for more info
Howth: Sunday 20th October, 1.30pm – 4.00pm click here for more info

Each of these venues is so different from the others and each has it’s own magical views and challenges.

Ticket Description Cost DO IT!
1 Trip Choose any trip £45 BOOK NOW
2 Trips Choose any 2 trips £80 BOOK NOW
3 Trips Choose any 3 trips £105 BOOK NOW
4 trips Choose any 4 trips £120 BOOK NOW
5 trips  Go on all 6 trips for the price of 5 £150 BOOK NOW

Spaces are limited to 12 people per trip so make sure your book your places today!

Wake me up (and go Coasteering)

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I was Coasteering at Ballintoy with 19 young people on Wednesday and went from there to Belfast to pick up my friend Kathryn Wilson before heading on to Lisburn for the annual 10K race.  On the way over, Kathryn played me some of the songs that she would be listening to while running and that was my first hearing of Avicci’s new song “Wake me up”.  I loved it immediately – great beats and lyrics.  Incidentally, Kathryn is a DJ and radio presenter and she started a new blog recently that I would recommend having a read at – www.kathrynbwilson.wordpress.com

It was Kathryn’s suggestion that I get a load of photos and put them together to the music and that’s exactly what I was doing until the wee hours last night.

You see, I have 1000’s of photos of people out Coasteering and it took quite a while.  Probably partly because I was looking through the albums and memories were flooding back of the experiences I shared with these people.

Eventually I managed to get a selection together and added them to the music.  At this point I have to admit to getting a bit emotional.  Watching the faces, the action and remembering how much people enjoyed themselves just made my night.

I could remember the laughter, the howling, the cheering, the camaraderie, the banter, the slagging and the jokes that were cracked.  I could remember when people were afraid and pushed on through to do what they said they wanted to do, I remember seeing the joy on their faces when they overcame those fears.  I remember the conversations as we walked back to the harbour.

I also remembered editing the photos first time round and thinking to myself “they’ll love that” and I remembered the likes and the comment that ensued when I posted them on Facebook.

This video means a lot to me.  So many happy memories and you might think this corny but I want to thank each and every one of you for them.  You make my job my dream job – thank you!!!

Stephen

Ps. Lisburn 10K was awesome!!

Challenge by choice

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We always ask people at the start of every Coasteering Adventure to introduce themselves to the rest of the group, or to us, if they all know each.  The introduction varies, but it often includes, what’s your name, how far have you travelled today and on a scale of 1 – 10 how are you feeling right now?

1 is for those that are s*** scared, nervous, apprehensive or all three.
10 is for those that can’t wait to get going.

There are five reasons we do this.

  • It helps us get a feel for how everyone is feeling
  • It helps everyone get to know each and see how they are feeling
  • It allows us an opportunity to clarify any misconceptions that people may have about their Coasteering Adventure
  • It helps us pitch the Coasteering Adventure at the right level for each person.
  • It means we can have good banter with everyone at the start and that really breaks the ice and makes people feel more at ease

The responses vary, a lot!  We have had people say they are 100 out of 10 and we have had people say that they are -10 out of 10.

Recently, we were Coasteering with a group of people on a training/employment course and one of the participants said that she was -10.  When asked why she said she was afraid of heights, couldn’t swim and was afraid of being too cold.  We asked her to have an open mind to what we were going to do and assured her that we worked on the principal of “Challenge by Choice”!  At no stage would she be asked/made to do something she didn’t want to do and at no stage would we put her in a position where she had to do something she didn’t want to do.  People often worry we will have them standing at the top of a cliff and the only way to progress is to jump – we never put people in that position and always have alternative routes.

Now, that girl got kitted up and went Coasteering with us.  At the end, we asked everyone how they felt now and she moved from -10 to +10.

The question is, why?  Which is a complex answer with many contributors and this applies to nearly everyone that does something that scares them.  In this case, she went at with an open-mind, or at least as wide as she could make it.  She had decided she would give it a go and at least try and face her fears.  Facing her fears was a massive push and some of the pulls were the confidence and support we and her peers gave her.

Ultimately though it was a lot of self-talk and courage that made her jump way outside her comfort zone!

BIG RESPECT!

The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.

Dan Stevens

Bring a da! A Father’s Day Treat

“Bring a Da” Coasteering on Father’s Day with CoasteeringNI – and any “Da” will do! Your neighbours Da, your friends Da, some random Da you don’t even know – just bring a Da!

Father's Day Coasteering Northern Ireland

The Da goes free for every child’s place booked and for Father’s Day we have no age limit for children!  You could be 45 and bring your mate (as long as he is a Da) and you only have to pay £30 for yourself and “yer Da” goes free!!!  Make sense?

NO???  Then give us a call on 07513868476 and we will explain it – just know you and “yer Da” are getting a cracker deal!

Oh! Here’s a wee bit about coasteering…

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.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available!

Are you up for some Coasteering (with yer Da)? Give us a call on 07513868476 or email jump@coasteeringni.co.uk 

Coasteering: helping you get through the week!

Coasteering Northern Ireland

 

We are delighted to announce an all new Coasteering adventure available to you!

Wednesday has been know as Hump Day for the longest time.  We found this definition in the Urban Dictionary:

Wednesday, or the hump of the week!

The absolute BEST day of the week, the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive. A particularly good hump day can last you the rest of the week, and by Doomday morning (Monday) you survive by anticipating hump day. Nothing goes wrong on hump day

Most other days can be defined by hump day. Tuesday is the day before hump day. Thursday is one day after hump day. Except Friday is WOOOH!!! FREEDOM!!! Day, Saturday is Mostly Hungover day, and Sunday is Pre Doom day.

We agree with that apart from ruining your Saturday by being hungover.  No day should be wasted like that – you could be Coasteering, Surfing, Mountain Biking or just catching up with friends with a walk along the North Coast followed by coffee and good grub!

Sorry, we have gone off track!

Happy Hump Day! From now until September we have a special Coasteering trip every Wednesday evening from 6.00pm – 8.30pm and it’s 2 for 1!  Yep, bring a mate, bring your partner, your son, your daughter, your mum, your dad, your granny, whoever you fancy! Make them pay to go Coasteering and you will go for free!

We will be adding Happy Hump Day Coasteering to our diary over the next few days so you can book online!  To celebrate the launch of this magnificent Coasteering adventure we are giving away 10 places for next Wednesday’s Happy Hump Day Coasteering! So pay attention to our website and Facebook page to find out how you can have the Best Hump Day ever!

Coasteering in County Down

Coasteering Ballyhornan, County Down

 

County Down has lots of Coastline with two main venues for Coasteering; namely Bloody Bridge just outside Newcastle and the cliffs at Ballyhornan.  Both venues are awesome although they are quite a contrast to Ballintoy where we do most of our Coasteering.  There are other venues for Coasteering in County Down such as Bangor and Ballywalter.

Coasteering at Bloody Bridge can be quite committing.  If the seas are rolling you ain’t going!  There are few escape routes so if the swells are above 3 foot then it makes it a really difficult venue to use.  There are some awesome jumps though and caves that you can swim in to.  Swimming in caves is a great experience, especially when the swell pushes you up towards the ceiling!

Usually we will meet at Bloody Bridge car park and if the sea is too rough we can always go Bouldering on the river!

The great thing about Coasteering at Bloody Bridge is that you can head back in to Newcastle for fish and chips at the Harbour Inn – that’s what we like to do anyway!

Our favourite venue for Coasteering in County Down is Ballyhornan.  The rock formations here are amazing and they come in a whole range of colours.  Jumps are bountiful here including the challenge of the Devil’s Cauldron and the plank!!  You will definitely test your nerves on these jumps!

There are some awesome channels with powerful currents for adventure swimming and the cave within the Devil’s Cauldron is great for exploring.

Coasteering at Ballyhornan can be quite committing too but we have been here when it is really rough and still been able to take people out.  We know the venue really well and can adjust the Coasteering trip to suit the conditions.

Check out these two albums for some of the craic you can get up to Coasteering in County Down:

HUGE Waves, epic swims and awesome jumps!

Birthday Treat

and the cliffs at Ballyhornan.

Come Coasteering in Donegal


Donegal is a place we love to visit and not just for the Coasteering although it is the main attraction (most of the time).

One of our favourite places for Coasteering in Donegal is way out west in Glencolmcille.  And we would love for you to join for a weekend of Coasteering, exploring and Adventure.

We will stay at Áras Ghleann Cholm Cille which boasts:

  • Single, double, twin and treble rooms that are private and en-suite
  • Rooms have TV and Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • A large and comfortable common area (with a roaring pot belly stove), plus 2 modern self catering kitchens
  • Drying room
  • Free 24hr shuttle service to/from the local pubs & restaurants

You will arrive on Friday night to a warm bowl of home made chilli followed by a few pints in the local pub where you will get to meet the other “lucky ones” who have booked on this amazing adventure.

Following a hearty breakfast we will drive to An Port, one of the most remote, beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland.  Port is an abandoned “Famine Village” located on the coast about 14 km north west of Glencolmcille in County Donegal. It is often referred to as the “Ghost Village” or “The Deserted Village”.

The drive into Port will blow your mind. As we drive along the single file road you will wonder where on earth this road is going and just when will we reach the end! Fields of peat dominate the rugged landscape and the mountains on both sides become larger and larger until we reach the end of the line.

We will spend the day here exploring the Coastline, taking in some epic jumps and enjoying the amazing scenery and sea stacks.

That night we will have a look at the photos and video footage over dinner before setting off to the village in search of a traditional music session.

Sunday morning will start with another mighty breakfast before a walk along Silver Stand Beach.  After that we will be exploring an area that we know you will love, especially swimming through the sea tunnel!!

So how much will this awesome weekend cost me?

£180 per person and this will include 4 meals, 2 nights accommodation and the most awesome Coasteering you can imagine!

What will I need?

As always, we will provide all the specialist equipment that you’ll need so it’s basically swimwear, old shoes/trainers/ socks and a couple of towels.  Don’t forget your camera and Guinness money!!

When is it?

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th May 2013

How do I book?

Call us on 07513868476 or email splash@coasteeringni.co.uk

Book online and save 10% by using promo code “CNItoday”
Bring a friend or partner and get a Team Rate of £300 (only £150 each)

My Coasteering Adventure by Kathryn Wilson

It was probably the coldest day of 2013 when I set out on my first day of Coasteering – too cold for new snow but it still lay on the ground.

As we started our adventure I got snug in TWO wetsuits adding up to an extra 8 mm of skin! Feeling nervous but excited we made our way towards our first rock.

To be honest I’ve never really had a lot of balance and I was more afraid of slipping on my dodgy footwork than my first jump! One thing I will say – Stephen has a true talent in supervision of this nature. He knew when to leave me to fend for myself to build my confidence and when I literally needed a hand.

I didn’t really know much about Coasteering before my day out at Ballintoy – not even how to pronounce it properly but what I definitely didn’t know was how rewarding it is. The team really get behind you and tell you anything is possible – within reason of course.

I felt my confidence grow over the day during the activity – a feeling that still hasn’t left me a couple of weeks later. “I can jump off cliffs so of course I can ask my boss for tomorrow off” without the usual nerves. Confidence is everything.

There was a constant positive atmosphere – even when I was feeling tired from swimming or climbing I still kept going as I was enjoying it so much.

I have to say I don’t really remember getting home as I fell asleep quickly that evening. When I woke up I was most excited to check out my footage from my jumps!

I will warn you though if you are going to try Coasteering – you may experience pain in your belly the following day from laughing so much!

About our guest blogger

Coasteering Northern Ireland
Kathryn Wilson is a Female Club DJ, Cool FM Radio Presenter & Producer based in Northern Ireland.

On a Sunday she can be heard co-hosting on Northern Irelands most listened to music radio station “Cool FM” where she has worked since 2010. Her ever increasing popularity is ensuring that she now regularly plays some of the hottest venues across the province.

Keep checking the Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/kitzDJ and www.facebook.com/kathrynwilsonDJ) or follow on twitter @kathrynBwilson for details upcoming gigs.

Contact kathryn.wilson@coolfm.co.uk for bookings & info 

Coasteering for Family bonding

Coasteering is the ultimate family adventure in Northern Ireland!

The great thing about taking your family Coasteering with CoasteeringNI is that we can pitch your Coasteering trip to suit the ability of Mum, Dad and the kids.

We don’t mean to blow our own trumpet, but we are great at making sure every one of you are challenged at the right level, that you all experience achievement and adrenaline.  Better than that, you will all take away shared memories of fun and laughter.

We will provide you with all the specialist equipment that you need for your family Coasteering adventure which includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets.  What sets us apart from other Coasteering providers are our Coasteering Guides.  They are fun, knowledgeable, focused on making sure you all have an award winning experience and above all else, put your safety and that of your children first.

We also take photographs and video footage of your Coasteering adventure which we make available to you.  This along with the experience itself guarantees you and your family will have an experience that you will talk about for years!

So what you waiting for, get in touch today, book your family Coasteering Adventure and enjoy our Family Rates

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Coasteering for Families

Family Coasteering

Coasteering in an awesome that can be enjoyed by all the family and that is why we want to make it affordable. So we are delighted to announce a brand new pricing structure for families that want to Coasteering in Northern Ireland!

Our family Coasteering Adventures are suitable for children aged 8 and older; and with  no upper age limit you bring Granny and Granda too!  If the children are all aged 16 and older we would recommend attending an Adult Coasteering Adventure and you will still get the family rates as below.

We provide:

  • All specialist equipment
  • Knowledgeable and friendly guides
  • Photographs of your trip
  • Amazing memories!

We will be adding a load of Family Coasteering Adventures to our diary so you will be able to make the most of the school holiday’s.  It also means that you will be able to go Coasteering with other families – new friendships will be made.

Find out more about Coasteering by visiting our FAQ page

Ticket Description Cost DO IT!
Family 1 1 adult and 1 child £60 BOOK NOW
Family 2 1 adult & 2 children or 2 adults & 1 child £80 BOOK NOW
Family 3 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children £100 BOOK NOW
Family Boost Extra child or adult £20 BOOK NOW