Experience buschcraft Super SUP and Coasteering skills in our awesome coastal environment
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, Super SUP, paddles and bushcraft kit included
Exhilarating team building fun through shipwreck scenarios!
Industry leading cliff and ocean guides that bring the scenario to life
To mark the 100th anniversary of a legendary Newquay shipwreck we have created the Cornwall Castaway activity. 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!
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 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 his 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 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 metal 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 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.
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, you’ll take on a host of wilderness & adventure survival skills. Here you will 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 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 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 reviews on Trip Advisor rank Newquay Activity Centre as number one for Cornwall activities and we’re proud double gold award winners of the Cornish Tourism awards.
Drop us a line or give our team a call and we’ll sort you out with the best activity for you, proper job! Call 01637 877722, lines open from 8am-10pm.
Expert, qualified, industry leading SUP, wilderness and coasteer instructors
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, hi-visibility ID vests, 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
10% off our other adventure activities
Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)