Seek the Outdoor Adventure Activities in Cornwall!

Join us for adventure activities in Cornwall as a solo traveller, family or as a group of friends celebrating a Stag Do or Hen Party. We have a great range of daily Surfing lessons, Coasteering sessions and hosted Wild Camping experiences. 

Family Coasteering in Cornwall

Family Coasteering in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the premier holiday destinations for active families in the UK – Thousands of families flock to this picturesque part of the British Isles year after year to enjoy the wonderful scenery, interesting heritage, and fun variety of outdoor activities – Not to mention the world famous Cornish pasties!

Whilst keeping the troops entertained can be a job itself, luckily Cornwall offers a wide choice of things to do that will keep even the most energetic family captivated. Here at Cornish Wave we understand family time is important and that holiday memories are some that last the longest.

In particular our Coasteering sessions have proven to become a popular choice for families seeking the thrill of adventure during their stay in Kernow and this article will help you understand why!

What is Coasteering?

Coasteering has a broad definition and can encompass a wide range of different activities, but in general, it can be defined as: “A physical activity that involves movement and interaction with a stretch of coastline without the use of a boat, surfboard or other craft”

In essence, Coasteering is interacting with the natural environment found on coastlines. This interaction could include swimming in the waters at the base of rock cliffs and exploring caves and outcrops. Alternatively, it could also involve scrambling or climbing across a rock face to the waters below. Moreover, many Coasteering sessions involve exhilarating cliff jumps where you can safely hurl yourself off the top of a cliff and splash into the sea beneath you. As you can see, the dramatic Cornish coast is perfectly suited for this type of activity, and the many cliffs, bays and changing conditions can provide a different experience every time.

With professional and experienced guides to show you the ropes, teach you the basics, and ensure that you get to truly explore the Cornish coastline up close and personal, our guided Coasteering activities can offer a huge amount of fun, excitement and challenge for a family.

Know Before You Go

Prior to families booking their Coasteering adventure in Cornwall, we often get asked various questions about the activity, in the section below we highlight some common considerations relating Coasteering in Cornwall.

We are often asked how safe is Coasteering? What equipment do I need?  Or, do I need to be fit to enjoy a Coasteering session?

More information about Coasteering can be found in our complete FAQ’s, our blog or get in touch with this form.

Safety – Possibly our most frequently asked question , “Is Coasteering safe?” – Yes of course it is!

Although some descriptions of what is involved in Coasteering may be designed to attract adrenaline junkies in actuality there is very little risk involved undertaking the activity and huge all round benefits to be gained. As with any adventure activity the very nature of the experience is often outside of peoples natural comfort zone however,  our highly experienced guides will ensure your safety at all times.

Trusted Coasteering providers typically adhere to guidelines laid out by the National Coasteering Charter. This charter aims to promote Coasteering as an activity to be enjoyed by all and to ensure that safe practices are used at all times. Owner of Cornish Wave Jorrin Massingham is an active member of the NCC and currently one of two NCC representatives for Cornwall.

Equipment – Safety equipment will be provided – This includes a helmet, wetsuit and buoyancy aid. You can find out more about what to wear in Coasteering in our blog. We ask that you bring something to wear under your wetsuit, a towel and a pair of lace up trainers that you don’t mind getting wet.

Physical Fitness – A question that is asked just as often is, “Do I need to be physically fit?” – Not really no! Coasteering does require a certain degree of physicality and endurance, but you do not need to be supremely fit or someone that attends the gym 5 times a week! It is advisable that you are a confident swimmer, however – If you are not, you may not find the experience as enjoyable.

Cliff Jumping – Some people are terrified at the thought of jumping off the top of a cliff, but don’t worry – You do not have to jump if you do not want too! It is highly recommended that you do take the plunge, conquer your fears and jump, however – You will feel exhilarated after the experience!

Why is Coasteering in Cornwall a fantastic family activity?

Hopefully, you will now understand what Coasteering is about – but why should you bring your family to Cornwall to experience this type of activity? What is it about the combination of Coasteering and Cornwall that proves to be so popular, rewarding and memorable? These pointers will explain why!

You can bond as a family – During a coasteering session, you can work together as a family – You can challenge each other, and help each other overcome your fears. This type of activity promotes teamwork, cooperation and bonding and your family will feel closer after the experience.

You can tailor the session to suit your abilities – Each coasteering session is different – If you simply want a taster, you can opt for a low-intensity coasteering adventure that doesn’t involve as much physical exertion. Alternatively, if you have a family of experienced swimmers and climbers, you can go full throttle and test your limits!

Cornwall offers a truly diverse coastline – The Cornish coast is one of the most beautiful stretches of scenery in the UK. Rich in history, full of wildlife, stunning to look at – Each section of coast you explore can offer something different – From quiet sheltered bays, to open stretches of sea and cliffs. There is no greater location to experience coasteering!

You can learn as they have fun – Whilst interacting with the cliffs and water, your children will learn a host of valuable facts about the natural world. They will learn about the sea, different cliff formations, varieties of plant, and species of wildlife. As a family, you will feel enriched both physically and mentally.

As you can see, coasteering is a truly fantastic activity that can impact your life in a variety of ways. What better way to experience the county of Cornwall than to explore its coastline and at the same time, build your bonds and come together as a family?


We offer a variety of Coasteering sessions suited to a wide range of groups and needs, join one of our daily existing sessions or book your own Private Family Coasteering session for the ultimate aquatic adventure.

Contact us with the dates that you wish to join us.

Confirm that you are happy with your Coasteering session details & pay securely via Paypal or over the phone on 01637 872031 between 7am and 9pm each day.

You’ll be given your arrival time in your booking confirmation email. Meet us at our central base in Newquay (4 Alma Place, Newquay, TR7 1NF) Bring a towel, something to wear under your wetsuit and a pair of lace up trainers. We provide the rest!

For further information about any of our Surfing, Coasteering or Wild Camp Experience packages please get in touch using our contact form, send us an email using or give us a call on 01637 872031.

Epic Stag Do’s – Wilderness Camping and Coasteering in Newquay

Friends enjoying the camp fire Wilderness & adventure  

Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping in Newquay

We have already shown you the delights of the surfing stag do; join us now and discover another unique and epic adventure that is perfect for the grooms send off – Wilderness Camping and Coasteering! These two activities are sure to create the perfect stag weekend, and could, in fact, be at risk of eclipsing the actual wedding! If you are looking for something different; continue reading and learn about the fantastic activities that Cornish Wave can offer your stag party.

Wilderness Camping – Up close and personal with nature

As the name implies, wilderness camping involves immersing yourself in nature and camping out in the elements – True Bear Grylls style! What better way to start your stag weekend than to come together as a group away from the fast paced, high energy world and relax yourselves in your own private Wild Camp? You can truly exercise your manly traits and ingenuity – Don’t worry about pitching tents, Cornish Wave have you covered. We provide large canvas Bell tents or if you really want to sleep under the stars request a hammock and drift off by the light of the fire.

Forget about the pubs and bars on your first night– There is plenty of time for that on your big night in downtown Newquay! Before the nightlife calls, enjoy a fun and action-packed adventure in an area of secluded Cornish woodlands, and learn some basic bushcraft and camping hacks. Your group can come together, chat, have a laugh, sip a beer or two and be at one with nature before enjoying a thrilling session of Coasteering or surfing – Top all that off with an immense night out in Newquay and you have the perfect stag weekend.

Axe throwing bushcraft

sunny woodlands wild camping

Coasteering – Show off your skills

Once you have spent the night in your private Cornish campsite, you can then undertake an action packed and adrenaline fuelled session of Coasteering. This activity is all about testing your limits and experiencing the Cornish coastal regions. You will take to the cliffs surrounding Newquay and test your climbing and swimming skills; also your nerve and bravery.

Each Coasteering session is different from the last – Maybe you will scramble across a cliff face and down into the sea below? Maybe you will find a hidden cave or swim along a stretch of water? Maybe you will perform a series of spectacular dives from the top of the cliffs and plunge into the salty abyss? Whatever your Coasteering session contains, your stag group is sure to have an amazing time. You will bond as a group, push each other to the limit, and create some immense memories.

coasteering guide jumping 

Stag Do’s with a twist – Embrace your wild side

As you can see, these activities will create a unique stag do that rival wedding groups will be envious of! An adventure weekend with Cornish Wave will start with an interesting and fun night of wilderness camping on Friday, progress into an action packed session of Coasteering or surfing during Saturday daytime, and then finish with a wild night out in Newquay in the evening!

This truly is a fantastic trio of activities and will create an epic stag do. Newquay is already known for its lively nightlife and is a popular venue for stag parties, but Cornish Wave take this to the next level and show you everything this Cornish region has to offer!


We offer our Price Match Guarantee for all Stag Do surfing lessons and Coasteering sessions.

  1. Contact us with the dates that you wish to join us for some Stag Do Coasteering
  2. Confirm that you are happy with your Coasteering session details & pay securely via Paypal or over the phone on 01637 872031 between 7am and 9pm each day.
  3. You’ll be given your arrival time in your booking confirmation email. Meet us at our central base in Newquay (4 Alma Place, Newquay, TR7 1NF) Bring a towel and a something to wear under your wetsuit. We provide the rest!

For further information about any of our Stag Do Coasteering sessions or Wilderness & Adventure packages please get in touch using our contact form, send us an email using or give us a call on 07771 718 125 or 01637 872031.

12 Things You Need To Know Before Coasteering

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Discover 12 Things You Need To Know Before Coasteering in Newquay


Coasteering in the UK has become a hugely popular outdoor adventure activity that has grown and developed massively over the past 10 years. 

The activity itself is as unique as it’s name and welcomes everyone from hardcore adventure lovers to families seeking to gently discover the coastline in new ways. 


Anyone Can Enjoy Coasteering

Coasteering is an adventure activity that anyone can take part in – With 99% of people who join us never having had any previous experience, coasteering is a great water based adrenaline activity for anyone.

You don’t need to be Bear Grills to enjoy Coasteering!

All you need to take part is a taste for adventure. Something to wear under your wetsuit, a towel and a pair of lace up trainers. We’ll take care of the rest. 


The Benefit Outweighs The Risk

Coasteering is a perfect example of an adventure activity that has very little inherent risk but huge potential benefits for it’s participants. 

With professional experienced guiding and the relatively low skill levels required by the participants, combined with the unique environment, coasteering is growing to become one of the most popular adventure activities that promotes big benefits. 


Challenge By Choice 

A question that we are often asked is “Do I have to do the big jumps?”

Coasteering allows you to choose your challenges – As with many adventure activities stretching your individual comfort zone is naturally part and parcel of taking part in something new and exciting. 

By far the biggest personal benefit from coasteering is being able to set your own standards by choosing to challenge your own personal comfort zone – for some that may mean swimming in the sea, to others it may mean a daring deep water cliff jump.  

Whatever your personal limitations may be – you won’t be asked to do anything that you don’t want to do. 

man jumping in mid air - coasteering deep water cliff jump

Learn New Skills & Build Confidence In Yourself

Right from the start of your coasteering session our guides are interested in you.

We take pride in getting to know each individual as best we can and to find out what you are looking forward to and what reservations you may have. 

Our role within providing a safe and enjoyable activity is to impart the relative skills needed to enjoy yourself Coasteering. We start off slow and small and make sure that everyone is comfortable and understands what they are doing.

Whether your nervous, a weak swimmer or worse, ‘gun ho’ and over confident we have been delivering outdoor activities for over 14 years and feel that we know how to tailor the experience to suit both your individual and groups needs. 


Discover Wildlife & Fun Facts

Surround yourself with nature and soak up the elements. Be it barnacles, seaweed or seals – we’ll cover all the fun nature facts we know as we make our way around the headlands and bays. 

Connect with nature and discover some of what makes our coastlines so fantastic as you swim through big caves, slosh about in sluices and crawl up gullies to reach the next element of your coasteering session.

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Cornwall Is Perfect For Coasteering

With the Cornish coastline stretching up to a distance of 630miles there is plenty of space to explore. 

The coastline around Newquay is perfectly suited for coasteering and offers some of the best locations in the UK.  Dramatic scenery gives way to small bays and beaches and with a big maritime history, the Cornish waters have plenty of tails to tell.


Coasteering — A Mixture Of Adventure Sports 

Coasteering combines elements of many adventure sports like climbing, canyoning, and wild swimming. A diverse activity made even more unique by the ever changing sea conditions and dynamic use of skills, coasteering really is an activity for the 21st century. 


Developed in the UK

Commercial coasteering is said to have been developed in the mid 1980’s by a group of friends and outdoor adventure enthusiasts in Pembrokeshire. 

When waves and wind didn’t provide the means for other outdoor sports, bored hobbyists at a loose end started to explore the rugged Welsh coastline in search of adventure. 

The company now known as TYF (Twr y Felin) still deliver coasteering and adventure experiences sessions to this day. 


Join Us As An Individual Or As Part Of A Group

Coasteering is an activity that can be enjoyed by both individuals and groups alike. Our coasteering sessions are designed to welcome a wide mixture of the public and we tailor each group to compliment the individuals that make up each group. 


You’ll Feel Like A Real Adventurer In All The Gear

Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, trainers and a helmet – you’ll feel quite the adventurer and ready for anything once you are all kitted up. We provide all the safety equipment you need to begin your coastal adventure. 

Some say the hardest part is getting all the kit on! 

For more information on what you wear coasteering take a look at an article here


Tick It Off Your Bucket List

If this is your year to be more adventurous, coasteering is a fantastic start to tick those items off your list.  Grab a friend and join us for a coasteering session in Newquay. We run daily sessions in Newquay so there is no excuse for giving it a miss. 


Each Coasteering Session Is Unique 

Our coasteering sessions in Newquay are governed by the tides and the sea state each day. 

Constant changes in tides, waves and wind combine to change the framework of what elements in a coasteering session are better suited on a daily basis. 

Coasteering guide Oli states “That’s one of the great advantages of coasteering, each time is slightly different depending on the sea conditions and groups needs & wants”

Although many features and elements within a coasteering location remain the same it’s the dynamic nature of the activity to seek, discover and coincide with the sea state for each session making for unique experiences time and time again.

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Take me to the coasteering page


You’re welcome as an individual, couple or group of friends. We run daily coasteering sessions in Newquay – get in touch to find out availability and session times. 

  1. Contact us with the dates that you wish to join us.
  2. Confirm that you are happy with your Coasteering session details & pay securely via Paypal or over the phone on 01637 872031 between 7am and 9pm each day.
  3. You’ll be given your arrival time in your booking confirmation email. Meet us at our central base in Newquay (4 Alma Place, Newquay, TR7 1NF) Bring a towel, something to wear under your wetsuit and a pair of trainers you don’t mind getting wet. We provide the rest!

Coasteering – it’s not as scary as you think!

Being a little apprehensive of something new is normal and in each group of intrepid Coasteering adventurers there will always be the doubter, the dubious, the nervous. But is it scary? It doesn’t have to be!

Coasteering, like any adventure activity, is meant to push you a little out of your comfort zone – that sense of adventure comes from the challenge of the unknown. The important thing to remember is that you are always in control, and you’re in safe hands!

Do as much or as little as you want

Coasteering isn’t an exam. Its not a show of who is best or toughest – Its about having fun, giving your best, pushing your own limits and simply enjoying an outdoor activity with family or friends.

We recognise that everyone will have their own goals and boundaries and our guides will gently encourage you to step beyond your own comfort zone to get the most out yourself and the activity – you might be surprised at what you can achieve!

Push your own limits with a Coasteering session 

The important thing to remember is that you decide how much adventure you want, you’ll never be asked to do anything you don’t want to.

Our Guides

Our guides are industry leaders and experts in their field. Coasteering is a dynamic adventure activity and requires a calm and experienced hand.

Our team are trained to deliver Coasteering sessions that are tailored to the group’s abilities and at a level that everyone feels comfortable enough to get involved.

What does that mean? It means that we will look after the individual as well as the group. Some people are not strong swimmers but have a brave heart when it comes to cliff jumping. Some people motivate the group simply by offering encouragement to others.

Cornish Wave Coasteering sessions all have a minimum of two guides

We always staff two guides per Coasteering session as a minimum. This helps to give support and guidance to each individual and allows the freedom of movement our guides need around a group.

Coasteering is for Everyone

Not sure if your family or group of friends are up to the challenge? We have been delivering outdoor activities for over 14 years so trust us when we say that pretty much anyone can enjoy a Coasteering Session in Newquay! We have a massive range of people joining us from around the world all with a different perspective on adventure.

Past Coasteering customers include families from Holland that have rarely seen the sea, a couple from Estonia that had no idea what a wetsuit was to groups of friends from the UK that don’t often take part in outdoor exercise. We get all walks of life, and all are welcome.

Coasteering is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Dealing with such a mix of people means we can offer support and encouragement to those that are nervous about jumping, unsure about their swimming or just worried that they won’t be able to do it.

We’re always happy to answer questions about coasteering, so feel free to get in touch to talk to one of our Coasteering guides. If you want to learn more about what happens on a Coasteering session, check out our Coasteering FAQs or read about what to expect on a Coasteering Session.

When you’re ready to take the plunge, we’ve got a range of excellent Coasteering activities in and around Newquay suitable for everyone.

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Coasteering: What to wear?

Like any outdoor activity, having the correct safety equipment when Coasteering is a must. A coasteering session involves elements of climbing, scrambling and wild swimming so your gear will need to be up to the challenge!

When you join us for Coasteering in Newquay, you’ll be kitted out with the best gear to keep you warm and safe so you’re ready to jump in and get involved. Here’s our quick guide to what you will be wearing…

Full Length Wetsuit

A full-length wetsuit used for coasteering

A correct fitting full length wetsuit will help to keep you toasty warm whilst you immerse yourself in the cool Atlantic waters.

Neoprene wetsuits work by absorbing and then trapping a thin layer of water between your skin and the wetsuit. The more you move around, the warmer you get!

Shortie Wetsuit

Shortie wetsuits or neoprene shorts are worn over the top of your full length wetsuit to help keep you warm and to provide extra protection for you and your main wetsuit in the rugged coastal environment. During your Coasteering session you will be spending a lot of time in the water, having that extra layer of neoprene adds an extra layer of comfort.

Buoyancy Aid

A buoyancy aid used for coasteering

A good fitting buoyancy aid or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is essential to Coasteering. Even if you’re a strong swimmer, you’ll love the feeling of effortlessly bobbing around with a little extra ‘float for your boat’.

Buoyancy aids are a great piece of kit that not only helps you float whilst swimming, it also helps to send you back to the surface after a taking on the challenge of a deep water jump.


Coasteering Safety is paramount, and nothing is more important than protecting your head – you’ve only got one! Coasteering is a dynamic activity in and around rock faces, caves and tidal pools. Lightweight watersports helmets are worn whilst Coasteering for obvious reasons.

Lace up trainers

Helmet, shortie wetsuit and trainers for coasteering

After years of Coasteering with a variety of fancy footwear options, we have found that your average old pair of trainers work best to keep you from slipping and sliding about too much.

Make sure you bring a pair with you for your Coasteering session. If you forget or simply don’t wish to lug around old wet trainers you can rent a pair from us.

If you’re curious about what you’ll be doing once wearing all this gear, check out our guide to Coasteering – what to expect.

Or if you want to just get out there and give it a go – check out our options for Coasteering in Newquay with Cornish Wave.

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A Brief History of Coasteering

Does the thought of jumping from dizzying heights into the deep blue sea get your pulse racing? We look at the history behind this Coasteering activity.

Coasteering for a Better You – Part 2

Coasteering in Newquay offers much more than just a quick adrenaline fix. For those seeking an exciting, rewarding Cornish experience, immersing yourself in the water and getting intimate with the natural forces that have shaped the Cornish lands can provide many benefits.

Part 1 of the Coasteering for a Better You series focussed on the physical benefits and brainpower boosting opportunities of a Coasteering Session. Part 2 takes a closer look at how Coasteering can build essential life skills and let you become more mindful of your environment.

Coasteering to Become More Responsible!

Our Coasteering adventures are tailored to your needs, and our experienced guides will teach you how to manage yourself safely in the coastal environment, so that they can focus on providing the best route for your group.

By exposing yourself to managed risks along the way, we can build a healthy understanding of risk management and confidence in your own abilities as well as learning to recognise your own limits.

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Coasteering to Be Confident!

After swimming through tidal rapids or jumping from towering cliffs it’s probable that you will feel a great sense of achievement. Feeling good about your actions and accomplishments goes hand in hand with feeling confident about yourself.

We tailor our private Coasteer adventures to suit the needs of each individual, allowing you to overcome challenges at your own personal level. After achieving things that seemed almost unattainable at the start of the route, we guarantee you will have found a new level of confidence in your abilities. So get ready to lift that head up high and be proud of who you are!

Coasteering brings you closer to nature Coasteering brings you closer to nature

Coasteering to Build Respect For The Natural World!

During your Cornish Coasteer adventure you may get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Molluscs, Crustaceans, Mammals, Fish and Birds all call this home, we are lucky to be able to see such variety whilst enjoying ourselves along the Newquay coastline. Getting close to the beauty of nature reminds us that it is worth protecting.

After a coasteering adventure in Newquay there’s every chance you’ll be able to say that you swam with seals, caught crabs in rock pools or marvelled at a pod of dolphins in the distance, feeling inspired to do your part to protect this rare natural beauty.

Learn more about the benefits of Coasteering in Coasteering for a Better You Part 1.

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