Coasteering with Studland Sea School – Dorset

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Days Out, Family | 4 comments

Coasteering with Studland Sea School – Dorset

Whilst out enjoying a tour of the Jurassic Coast with Poole Sea Safari last week, the boys were introduced to Coasteering – exploring where land meets sea using skills such as swimming, climbing and jumping into the water.

They were so enthusiastic about what they had seen, I immediately started looking into it and found several companies that all offered the experience.  Not knowing which to choose I tweeted @Dorset_Hour during their weekly session to see if there were any recommendations.

Studland Sea School introduced themselves to me on twitter and pointed me in the direction of their twitter / facebook competition to win a Coasteering session for Sunday.  I retweeted and shared and was gobsmacked when I won.

The session was aimed at 16 years and over so Kian couldn’t join in, but my eldest son Callan went with my daughters boyfriend Paul as hubby was working.  They do however offer family sessions, which we are going to book for Kian’s birthday in August.

It was an early start as we had to meet at the Dancing Ledge car park at Langton Matravers at 9am.  Getting a teen out of bed is always a challenge, but thankfully I managed it eventually and we set off.  We found the car park with no problem and Callan and Paul changed into the equipment provided - a full 5mm winter wetsuit & neoprene socks to keep them warm, protective gloves, helmet and buoyancy aid to keep them safe.

Studland Sea School
They then faced a 20 minute walk down to the coast where the adventure begins.  The walk is very steep and a challenge, especially when wearing wetsuits so they were eager to get into the water and get started.
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Once at the bottom they made their final preparations…………
Coasteering at Studland Sea School
The team were given a safety briefing before getting the chance to cool off in the Dancing Ledge swimming pool which was blasted into the rock at the beginning of the 20th Century for use by local schools.

 

Coasteering with Studland Sea School
Then it was time to set off, exploring caves, jumping into the sea and scrambling along the rocks.
Studland Sea School
They started off with a small leap into the sea and as they got more confident the challenges increased.  The team jumped into the water at designated spots and then swam to their next destination, where they had to climb the rocks to get back out of the sea.  There were two fully licensed guides there to ensure the group’s safety and provide encouragement when needed.
Studland Sea School
Callan and Paul thoroughly enjoyed themselves and although they did do some wildlife spotting, the cave exploration and high cliff jumps were the stand out moments from the day.  Sadly we couldn’t get pictures from where we were stood watching.
Coasteering, Dorset
You certainly have to be a moderate to strong swimmer and physically fit to take part as Callan remarked that they swam a long way and with all the climbing he was exhausted by the end of the session!  I was concerned that the sea would be cold but I was assured that they were kept nice and warm in their wet suits.
Studland Sea School
Callan’s comments afterwards was that the experience was “Amazing” and “Awesome” and he cannot wait to do it again.
Studland Sea School
We cannot wait for our family session for August, although not looking forward to the hill climb on the way back!

Studland Sea School
Steeper than it looks!

For more information about Coasteering, Kayaking Tours and more, see Studland Sea School on facebook and / or follow them on twitter at @studlandsea and also on G+ and remember that pre-booking is essential!

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4 Comments

  1. Land & Wave are absolutely superb, we’ve used them 3 times now. Great family activity!

  2. That looks so much fun – I’m desperate to try canyoning one day! x

  3. Wow, sounds like a great experience. I can believe how hard work it is.

  4. Our children have been Coasteering with the school and always rave about it! It’s an exciting and challenging experience and I’m sure you will have a great time when you all go as a family. Thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

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