Coasteering - Discovering Guernsey from a different angle

 
 

The cliffs of Guernsey offer the perfect place to explore your adventurous side, explore the coast and bays whilst kayaking and experience the dramatic scenery as you climb and abseil the West coast crags. The team at The Duke of Richmond are always looking for new interesting activities to do on the beach, so we sent

 

25th April 2013

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The cliffs of Guernsey offer the perfect place to explore your adventurous side, explore the coast and bays whilst kayaking and experience the dramatic scenery as you climb and abseil the West coast crags. The team at The Duke of Richmond are always looking for new interesting activities to do on the beach, so we sent a team of thrill seekers off to try a spot of coasteering.

The team met at Petit Bot, for a twenty minute introduction to the activity. The seven of them were then kitted out with wetsuits, helmets, life jackets and wet shoes or trainers. The first step of coasteering is to climb around the cliffs, which Hotel Manager, Lukas Laubscher, assures us is a lot more tiring than you think! Then comes the scary part – the jumping. To do this part, you have to be brave, but there is a real adrenalin rush that helps! Once you have jumped off, you swim over to the next cliff, and start climbing again! You start with a smallish jump and by the end you are jumping from 8 to 10 metres straight into the sea. After two hours of this, you’re completely exhausted.

The amazing thing about coasteering is that you are able to explore parts of Guernsey that many people never knew existed. The team leader is knowledgeable about all the secret little places that you wouldn’t find on your own. Lukas’s team ventured into one of Petit Bot’s many caves during their swim, squeezing through tight spaces and seeing areas of the island that people rarely get to see. The swimming itself gives a unique outlook of the island, says Lukas – it’s a beautiful sight to be able to look back at Guernsey from the water and see an angle that you had never seen before.

And while the cliff jumping did make him nervous at first, the thrill and the views of the island were worth it for Lukas, and he says he would definitely do it again!

Do you like adventure sports? Share your favourite experiences in the comments below.

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