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Cornwall Castaway

Cornwall Castaway

£99 pp

2 hrs
1:10
Over 8
Low
Experience bushcraft, super SUP and coasteering skills in our awesome coastal environment
Enjoy exhilarating team building fun through shipwreck scenarios!
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Do you have what it takes to survive a shipwreck and relive the folklore of brave lifeboat men? Learn wilderness and coastal survival skills on our historic Cornwall Castaway!
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What's Included

  • Expert, qualified, industry leading SUP, wilderness and coasteer instructors
  • Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, hi-visibility ID vests, super SUP and paddles provided for your team of castaways
  • Coastal awareness, safety briefing and kit checks before launch
  • Comprehensive instruction on correct techniques for both paddling, bushcraft and coasteering skills
  • Ultimate adventure as you test your wild swimming, cave survival and coasteering abilities
  • Hot outdoor showers and separate male & female toilets
  • Visiting with your dog? We have a selection of dog-friendly options to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun! Get in touch via our online chat to find out more today.
  • On-site storage and lockers for valuables
  • 10% off further Newquay Activity Centre adventures
     Discount card for apres adventure food/drink at local eateries and bars
     15% discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store

AS LEGEND HAS IT…

In December 1917 a terrible storm battered the coast of Newquay. The Osten, a local fishing boat, got caught in the storm and was washed over the notoriously dangerous Cribbar reef – a modern day big wave surf spot where waves of up to 40ft break over shallow jagged rocks.

The alarm was raised and horses pulled the lifeboat to the slipway on Towan Headland. However, on arrival at the scene, the lifeboat’s new coxswain refused to launch in such weather and waves. Despite the coxswains orders, former cox Gill resisted saying he had been out in worse and formed a maverick crew of volunteers to rescue the Osten.

Much to the delight of onlookers, the lifeboat set sail under Gill’s command, but the boat was quickly tipped by huge waves. Her sails quickly filled with water so she could not self-right and the crew were washed overboard and into the cliffs.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SURVIVE?

Using their local knowledge of the coastline, the crew traversed their way to the relative safety of a cave known as the Tea Caverns. This was a smugglers cave in use from the 17th – 18th century used for smuggling tea, brandy and silk – all heavily taxed at the time. Do you think you’d have the mettle to traverse Newquay’s craggy cliffs while the Atlantic swells crash beneath you?

The storm raged for the following 3 days and 3 nights forcing the crew to weather it out in the cave. The men foraged for seagull eggs, crabs and shellfish and built fires from driftwood to cook and fend off the onset of hypothermia. When the storm finally passed the crew were rescued and awarded RNLI gallantry medals on their return to land.

Would you have the knowledge to survive in such an unforgiving environment?

ULTIMATE WILDERNESS CHALLENGE

You’ll be challenged on every level in a myriad of wilderness & adventure scenarios: wild swimming, coasteering, survival skills and navigating a rescue raft back to shore.

It’s no easy feat and to become a true Cornwall Castaway, you must successfully complete every wilderness & adventure challenge on offer. On arrival at the Newquay Activity Centre one of our experienced instructors will kit you out in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet and lead you to the beginning of your Castaway adventure.

WHATS NEXT?

CHALLENGE ONE: MAKING DRY LAND

Shortly after being ‘shipwrecked’, your objective is to make dry land by means of wild sea swimming, climbing and traversing your way along the rocks, riding sluices (nature’s natural rapids) and diving into deep water plunge pools.

CHALLENGE TWO: CAVE SURVIVAL

On making it to Dead man’s cove, you’ll take on a host of wilderness & adventure survival skills. Here you will forage, collect fuel to build a fire and also learn how to identify our fascinating marine and bird life.

CHALLENGE THREE: RAFT ESCAPE

Once your belly is full and energies recharged it is time to escape Dead man’s cove. Fortunately for you, a life raft (a.k.a our huge Super Stand Up Paddleboard) will be somewhere in the vicinity as a means of escape. Here, working as a team, you’ll learn how to launch & land the castaway raft, perform efficient paddle strokes (both standing up and kneeling down), steer & control the craft and navigate our craggy coastline back to the safety of the shore.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

It’s not just action, adrenaline and heaps of fun, but you will walk away having learnt invaluable coastal survival skills and a tall tale to tell for the next 100 years!

OUR EXPERTISE

Our coastal adventures are developed to be the perfect combination of adrenaline fuelled fun and essential sea safety. Tides, rip currents, rocks, the role of lifeguards and basic first aid; once you know about them, it is hard to forget them.

Our team of professionals have years of personal experience underpinning their qualifications and a wealth of knowledge to share. You’ll gain more than just new confidence on our coastal adventures in Newquay.

OUR VISITOR EXPERIENCES

We take huge pride in providing the best Coastal Adventures and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!

OUR TRAINING

We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay. We are also a British Canoeing Delivery Partner which is a testament to our constant high standards of paddlesports delivery.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:

  • International Surfing Association Level 1 or  Level 2
  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • Training delivered during our 3 month Outdoor Activity Instructor Course
  • Ongoing inhouse training

 

You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.

WHY CHOOSE US

We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior

 

We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College

 

Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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