Coasteering in north wales


Coasteering is a highly popular activity. It involves exploring the rocky coastline while scrambling, climbing, swimming and jumping. We have venues that will challenge beginners and primary pupils up to college students and adults. The session can be a half or full day in length. Coasteering in North Wales is often combined with other coastal activities for a full and varied day out. 

A great team activity. The pupils can't get enough of swimming and jumping into the sea.

"I wasn't the strongest of swimmers, but with help from my friends I loved the jumping in. It was definitely the best activity!"
Kath Marsden

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Coasteering involves getting wet in the beautiful waters around the Welsh coastline. We issue everyone with a full wetsuit to keep you warm, plus buoyancy aids so it doesn’t matter if there are non-swimmers.

Groups love to float in the waves, be moved around by little flows or even be twirled in whirlpools as the water moves around the rocks. 

Routes can be chosen to either minimise or maximise swimming time, depending on the group’s preference.

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Cliff Jumps

There are jumps of all heights to enjoy whilst Coasteering in North Wales .  From a simple step into the water for younger ages, to full jumps where you have time to think before you hit the water, for adults and older age groups.

We build up your confidence, giving advice and coaching into the safest style of jump and the decision making, that goes into selecting a good jump spot. No jumps are compulsory so individuals can choose their own height. It makes it all the more exciting when you are stepping off a real cliff into the open sea below!

Rock Scrambling

There are plenty of opportunities to safely climb and scramble over the rocks as we move from one section to the next. Climbing challenges are sought above deep water, to test your skills. Caves can be explored and stacks found.

Coasteering works well as a half day activity combined with Sea Level Traversing, which is run at the same sea cliff venues as a dry roped activity. This gives a great and varied full day of activity.

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Learning Outcomes

For Outdoor Education Courses

  • Understanding of the coastal environment and associated hazards.
  • Helping and awareness of the needs of others.
  • Resilience, needed as they embark on the coastal journey.
  • Confidence, as we select achievable goals for all.
  • Erosional processes active on the sea cliffs.

Activity Venues

Our coasteering venues are generally found on the west coast of the island of Anglesey. If the seas are big we do have sheltered options on the north coast.

We feel very fortunate to have access to this stunning coastal environment and our in depth knowledge of the area enables us to select the right venue with the type of group, weather and sea conditions in mind.

Coasteering Activity Courses

Coasteering forms part of our outdoor education courses at Arete, it is popular to spend a full day at the coast. Through the outdoor adventures, and residential stay, we incorporate a range of educational benefits for the pupils. Coasteering can also be part of geography field work, looking at erosional processes or focusing on the marine ecology. 

Courses of all lengths are available, throughout the year. A dedicated and experienced instructor is allocated per group. They will tailor the outdoor education programme, that will be flexible to adjust to pupil progression and weather.

Costs: As an example, a 5 day fully catered course starts from just £235 per pupil for courses in November – February.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know the time of year, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

 See our Primary or Secondary section from more information on our outdoor education courses. We also have a general Teachers & Leaders Guide.

All of our activities, including coasteering, can be booked as a private session for any type of group. Coasteering can be a half day or full day activity. It is also possible to combine with one other activity for a full multi-activity day. Possible combinations include coasteering and sea level traversing, surfingkayaking or rock climbing.

Costs: Regardless of activity combinations, £70 per person for a full day of activity, £50 per person for half day of activity.
Minimum payment of £280 for a full day or £200 for a half day of activity.

Discounts: For groups, every 10th person can attend for free. 10% discount for schools, colleges, scouts & guides, cadets and certain youth charities.

Ratios: We run our courses at low ratios of 1:11 or less to ensure your safety and maximum participation.

Included: Safety kit, wetsuit and waterproofs as necessary. Transport can also be provided if you are staying at Arete Outdoor Centre.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know your preferred date, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

More information: Please see our page on Adult Groups, Youth Groups or Family Activity.

We run Gold DofE Residential courses and Summer Camps during the holidays. Coasteering can form a part of this 5 day multi-activity course. The accommodation is fully catered. You will meet like-minded individuals and have a great week of adventure.

2018 Dates: 9-13 April, 20-24 August, 27-31 August, 3-7 September.

Cost: £295 per person fully catered

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know you preferred date.

More information: See our Gold Residential or Summer Camp page. Alternatively contact us if you have further questions.