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

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