Scilly Gets Its First Coasteering Sessions

coasteeringYou can enjoy the adventure sport of coasteering in Scilly from today.

The pastime was first offered commercially in Pembrokeshire and now Matt George from Sennen-based Kernow Coasteering wants locals and visitors to make the most of our landscape with a range of exhilarating activities.

Matt’s sessions will include cliff jumping, rock scrambling and swimming and they’ll centre on the rugged Peninnis Head on St Mary’s, a place that he describes as “amazing and magical.”

He’s offering the sessions for groups of up to ten participants aged 9 or older between Easter and October and he says he can cater for different levels of fitness.

As you’ll be getting wet, it can also be considered a non-weather dependent activity, he says.

Matt’s operating with the permission of the IoS Wildlife Trust and says he felt there was a need for more adventurous activities for visitors “to get the adrenaline pumping.”

Matt says the sessions will teach you how to jump properly so you don’t hurt yourself as you hit the water. And while the maximum height is 33 feet, everyone will start with more modest jumps of 2 to 3 feet.

And those who don’t have a head for heights can still take part, because you don’t have to do the jumps to complete the course.

Matt says safety is his ‘number 1 priority’ and he appreciates that getting help for accidents in Scilly is more problematic than on the mainland. He says he’s been fully trained to deal with any potential injuries.

The most serious problem encountered in his courses on the mainland have been barnacle cuts.