Wilderness Bushcraft, Super SUP and Coasteering adventure
Minimum class size 10
Key Stages 1-4
Experienced, qualified, industry leading instructors experienced with all ages
Reenact a historic shipwreck and use coasteer, Super SUP and bushcraft skills to survive. To mark the 100th anniversary of a legendary castaway tale 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 specially developed for schools!
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 lifeboat was launched but quickly capsized. 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, they traversed their way to the relative safety of a cave known as the Tea Caverns. 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?
Industry leading instructors
Our expert team of multi-activity instructors and Beach Lifeguards have extensive experience of working with all ages. With us, students are encouraged to push their boundaries whilst safe in a supportive environment.
Your pupils couldn’t be in more experienced or safer hands.
Students put wilderness skills to the test
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 the Super SUP) 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.
The Cornwall Castaway offers a little bit of everything and more. It is the perfect wilderness & adventure activity for schools in Newquay. It’s not just action, adrenaline and heaps of fun, but your students will walk away having learnt invaluable lifesaving skills and a tall tale to tell for the next 100 years.
The Newquay Activity Centre Cornwall takes safety seriously. We’re a certified ISA and Surfing England Centre Of Excellence and two times winner of the Cornwall Tourism Awards. We ensure the highest standards of adventure leadership and outdoor safety for all ages and abilities.
So 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.
Industry leading SUP, wilderness and coasteer instructors
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, hi-visibility ID vests, SUP and paddles provided for your team of castaways
Super fun warm up, safety briefing and kit checks before launch
Comprehensive instruction on correct techniques for both paddling 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%)