Wilderness buschcraft skills, Super SUP and Coasteering adventure in Newquay
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets paddles, SUP and bushcraft equipment included
Team Building fun through exhilarating shipwreck scenario!
Experienced, qualified, industry leading coastal adventure activity instructors
Your group will be placed in the re-enactment of one of Newquay's most famous shipwrecks, would you 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!
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 that was launched to save them soon capsized.
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.
The storm raged for the following 3 days and 3 nights, 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?
Stag Party / Hen Party
You’ll be challenged on every level in a myriad of wilderness bushcraft & 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 qualified 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 jumping 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. Once the fire is lit it's time to snack on some treats to fuel your escape.
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, a super sized 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.
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 bushcraft wilderness & adventure activity for stag do’s in Newquay. It’s not just action, adrenaline and heaps of fun, but you walk away having learnt invaluable lifesaving skills and a tall tale to tell for the next 100 years.
Listed as number one on Tripadvisor for water sport activities in Newquay and multiple winners of the Cornish tourism awards, we’re confident that this will not disappoint!
On booking, you’ll also receive 10% off our other outdoor activities. Call 01637 877722, lines open from 8am-10pm.
Industry leading SUP, bushcraft 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%)