The Cornwall Castaway | Coasteering + Wilderness & Adventure Survival Skills + Super SUP | £69pp

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 washed over the notoriously dangerous Cribbar reef – a modern day big wave surfing spot where waves of up to 30-40ft break over shallow jagged rocks.

The alarm was raised and the lifeboat was pulled by horses 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 his orders, former cox Gill resisted saying he had been out in worse and formed a maverick crew 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 a huge wave. Her sails quickly filled with water meaning she could not self-right and the crew were washed overboard and into the cliffs. Using their local knowledge of the coastline, the crew traversed their way to the relative safety of a cave known as the Tea Caverns – a smugglers cave throughout the 17th – 18th century 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. For the following 72 hours the men foraged for seagull eggs, crabs and shellfish and build fires from drift wood 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. So you make it to the relative safety of the cave, but would you have the know how to survive in such an unforgiving environment?

To mark the 100th anniversary of this legendary castaway tale we have created the Cornwall Castaway activity. Do you think you have what it’d take to survive a shipwreck and relive the folklore of these brave lifeboat men? Well the Cornwall Castaway does exactly that! 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. Have you got what it takes?

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, and first challenge.

Challenge one: Making dry land

Shortly after being ‘shipwrecked’ your objective is 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, called this for good reason, and home to your second challenge, you’ll take on a host of wilderness & adventure survival skills. Will you survive as a stranded castaway? Here you’ll forage for edible cave delicacies, 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’s time to escape Dead man’s cove. Fortunately for you a life raft (a.k.a the Super SUP) will be somewhere in the vicinity as a means of escape. Here, working as 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.

Euphorically kissing the sand on your return to dry land, you’ll be buzzing on a wave of adrenaline, physical exhaustion and a real sense of achievement for surviving at sea and becoming a true Cornwall Castaway!

The Cornwall Castaway offers a little bit of everything and more. It is the perfect wilderness & adventure activity for birthday celebrations, family outings, stag & hen parties, team building exercises, military adventurous training and corporate events. It’s not just action, adrenaline and heaps of fun, but you walk away having learnt invaluable lifesaving and a tall tale to tell for the next 100years. 

Call our friendly bookings team today to book your Cornwall Castaway activity. On booking, you’ll also receive 10% off our other outdoor wilderness & adventure activities.

We look forward to getting shipwrecked with you soon!

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