Although coasteering has become massive in the UK, we often get asked exactly what it is out here in Portugal. It's a strange old word that doesn't translate too easily and doesn't really do justice to how awesome the sport is.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Coasteering:
Well that's all good & well but here at Poseidon Adventure we believe a picture speaks a thousand words, and if a picture speaks a thousand words, a video must be worth a million, and that's why we made this point of view video to explain exactly what coasteering is:
It's time to get a little bit geeky and talk about our favourite bits of coasteering equipment. 🤓
The ocean and the coast is a constantly changing environment and we always want to have the best kit at hand when faced with a new challenge on a coasteering adventure.
Here's a run down of the most essential items of kit for coasteering:
We also suggest wearing shorts to protect the wetsuits against the rocks and also we offer gloves to protect hands when climbing, but don't insist on guests wearing them. It's all down to personal preference! 😊
We've finally gone and done it. After hours of scrubbing through all of our GoPro footage from 2019, we've managed to edit a short video of our season!
Sadly one GoPro sacrificed its life in the making of this video and now finds itself in a watery grave somewhere on the south coast between Sagres and Lagos. RIP GoPro - you will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.
So check out the video below and see if one of your jumps made the final cut!
You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more videos of people jumping off things. 😛
It's been an awesome few weeks here in the Algarve with great weather, waves and we've found plenty of things to do when we haven't been coasteering, from surfing on the west coast, exploring south coast beaches between Sagres and Lagos and sea fishing! Here's a short run-down of what we've been up to this month:
Let's start with the most important activity on our agenda. September has provided some incredible conditions for us - warm water, a little bit of swell, beautiful weather and we've certainly taken advantage of it. Our highlight was with our big group from Belgium staying at Hostel on the Hill. Here's a snap of them getting stuck into a spicy sea-level traverse in Sagres:
One of the best things about the Western Algarve is its waves and September has really delivered the goods so far. When we haven't been busy cliff jumping or exploring caves, we've been getting in on the west coast and making the most of the conditions (sometimes wetsuit free!) Wave of the week goes to our friend Fin! Check out his instagram here
Between all the coasteering and surfing, we even found some time to go sea fishing in Sagres with SeaXplorer Sagres and had the best time catching fish out on the open ocean with the view of the coastline in front of us. On the way out we even had a close encounter with a pod of dolphins!
We often get asked what goes on during our Coasteering session in Sagres. We don't always like to reveal the surprise of the adventure before you try it for yourself, but here's a little peak at the layout of one of our tours:
As well as making sure everyone has an incredible time coasteering in the Algarve, our main priority is your safety, so we always begin our activity with an introduction to coasteering and making sure everyone's safety equipment is fitted correctly before we enter the ocean.
Once everybody has been briefed and checked, we're ready to start Coasteering! And what better way to start than with a jump. All of our Coasteering routes have a number of options to choose from when it comes to cliff jumping and rock climbing. If you're not so keen on jumping from too high, no problem - we always have a more friendly jump. 😉
Likewise with our rock climbing, there's always an easier, alternative route if heights aren't your thing and we canalways help by showing you where those secret handholds are hiding!
Once we've got used to jumping, and have got the technique nailed down, it's time to start exploring the coastline, finding hidden caves and swimming inside them.
This particular tour also involves swimming to a hidden beach through perfectly clear water and visiting a deserted island in the middle of the bay, where you get a unique view of the awesome sea cliffs.
Although there's plenty of jumps en route during this Coasteering tour, the real adrenaline kick comes right at the end when we enter what we like to call the 'Big Jump Zone'. This hidden bay is the best place to put your jumping technique to the test with jumps as high is 10 meters!
Feel like giving it a go...?
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We've been having a great summer so far at Poseidon Adventure. Our coasteering has taken us to some spectacular new locations and allowed us to practise a few new moves! Today was especially awesome. We teamed up with Markus and Tim who dropped into Sagres for the day to join us and teach us a thing or two about back flips! They really had no fear when it came to coasteering and cliff jumping and fully embraced the Poseidon Adventure experience. To honour them, here's a short YouTube clip from their tour 🔥🔥🔥
One major part of Coasteering is rock climbing - most of our climbing takes place at a low level, above the sea in the inter-tidal zone. We also do it with full Coasteering safety equipment. It can get a little bit wild sometimes, especially when there's a little bit of swell kicking around! It's also great training for another of our passions - Deep water soloing.
Deep water soloing (sometimes called psychobloc) is exactly what it sounds like - climbing free above deep water so that if you fall you'll get a nice soft landing (sometimes!) 😂
We are lucky enough to live in a spot with plenty of opportunity to practise DWS in our spare time. When we aren't Coasteering we're always on the look out for new routes to push our climbing.
DWS is a great way to test your nerve, as well as your climbing ability. You can really push yourself on harder routes that normally you wouldn't consider possible to climb solo. It's perfect in the summer when you want to climb hard but also have chance to cool off.
We've had a busy old week at Poseidon Adventure! We gave our van (the Master Blaster) a well-needed TLC session, visited the Festival Músicas do Mundo in Sines and saw some awesome live music and, to top it all off, we had some incredible Coasteering tours!
But, by far the highlight of the week was taking out the guys from Gent - they really embraced everything about Coasteering and gave us an unforgettable morning. Here's a few snaps from the tour!
Big love to everyone who came Coasteering with us this week! We're always stoked to share our love of Coasteering, Sagres and it's natural beauty with you all! 😍💯
One question that we're frequently asked is 'how do you find your jumps?'
Well, we're always on the lookout for new spots, rocks, islands and platforms to jump off. When we see a place that we think is suitable, we test it out. We pride ourselves on our robust safety measures so every jump that we do needs to be tested out extensively - I know, our job is tough right? So here's the method to our madness:
1. Check the depth.
It's of the utmost importance that you check the depth of the water that you're jumping into - generally speaking most jumps will work at high tide, but on a lower tide its not so easy to judge. We always take time to measure the depth with a small underwater mission before jumping.
2. Measure the Height.
Jumping is scary - that's a fact. If it wasn't scary, it wouldn't be fun.Every jump that you do is a huge achievement no matter how big or small (more often than not the small jumps are the best!) Before we test a new jump, we always measure its height to gain an understanding of how long we will be in the air and to anticipate the landing. One of most important pieces of safety equipment is our throwlines - these are compact bags containing a length of rope which we can use to assist our guests when swimming and climbing. They also double up as giant tape measures allowing us to see just how big our jumps are.
3. Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Once the depth of the water and the height of the drop are known, someone needs to tests it out.
Historically, the most scientifically sound way to decide who goes first is Rock, Paper, Scissors, and to this day, it's our most successful method of choosing who is going to be the jumping guinea pig.
We love spending our time Coasteering - and why wouldn't we? It's got everything from adrenaline to beautiful and unique views of the coastline and local wildlife. But there's only so much time we can spend jumping off things. Here's a rundown of our favourite things to do around Sagres when we're not busy Coasteering:
Sagres and the surrounding area is perfect for surfing. We are lucky enough to have an abundance of beaches which is great for coasteering and also offers different types of waves. From the wild west coast to the more sheltered south, there's always somewhere to find a wave.
One of the main elements of Coasteering is rock climbing and when we're not in the water, we like to stay active on the rocks. There's a great range of inland and coastal crags around Sagres and throughout the Algarve with varying rock types, so there's always plenty to keep us occupied.
Eating & Drinking.
Possibly our favourite thing to do in Sagres when we aren't active in the ocean. Coasteering, surfing and rock climbing really take it out of you and it's important to re-fuel. For the best coffee, pastel de natas and plenty of other tasty, healthy treats, check out the Laundry Lounge in Sagres.
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