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– **History**:
– Coasteering term first used in 1973.
– Andy Middleton developed it commercially in the late 1980s.
– Spread to regions in the UK like Cornwall and Pembrokeshire.
– National Coasteering Charter (NCC) is the UK advisory organization.
– Recognized by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority in the UK.

– **Activities**:
– Coasteering may include swimming in various water conditions.
Climbing and scrambling are common activities.
– Jumping into deep water is often part of coasteering.
– Ropes are not used for security on rocks during climbing.
– Coasteering is different from sea level traversing.

– **Guided Adventure Experience**:
– Over 100 activity centers in western Britain offer organized guided coasteering.
– Trips cater to beginners, intermediates, and advanced participants.
– Some trips focus on studying coastal ecology.
– School children parties are accommodated at some centers.

– **Adventure Races**:
– Coasteering is a discipline in adventure races in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the USA.

– **Safety**:
– Safety advice documents for coasteering providers were published in the UK in 2015.
– Impact from jumping 20 feet above water can lead to serious injuries.
– Safety measures are crucial due to the risks associated with coasteering.
– Safety standards are set by organizations like the National Coasteering Charter and the HSE.
– Accidents related to coasteering have been reported, emphasizing the importance of safety precautions.

Coasteering (Wikipedia)

Coasteering is movement along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of boats, surf boards or other craft.

Coasteering near Porthclais, Pembrokeshire

Coasteering allows a person to move in the “impact zone” between a body of water and the coast where waves, tides, wind, rocks, cliffs, gullies, and caves come together.

The term was first used by Edward C Pyatt as the combination of the words "mountaineering" and "coast" and was adopted by Andy Middleton in Wales in 1985, who then made it a business idea.

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