Challenge by choice



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!


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

Coasteering: Best Practice Workshop

Coasteering is the fastest growing Adventure Sport in the UK and we are at the forefront of its development.


Our Team have been delivering Combined Rock and Water Activities for over 15 years and have explored miles and miles of our coastline in the pursuit of finding the best coasteering venues for our customers.

We are keen to share our knowledge with other practitioners and those who are interested in the delivery of Coasteering. We are also keen to learn from all those who attend this weekend – this is a best practice workshop not a course.

We are going to have an immense time jumping off cliffs, swimming and scrambling and we are going to learn – together.

When is it?

23rd – 24th September 2011

Day 1 Times: 9.00am – 7.00pm
Day 2 Times: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: £180 per person

Accommodation and catering are not included

Participants must have logged a minimum of 5 coasteering trips before joining this workshop. If you are less experienced you may be allowed to participant following an assessment of your experience and ability via telephone.

At this level we expect participants to have their own equipment but are happy to supply whatever is necessary.

For more information or to book your place call 0845 5213145 or email [email protected]