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.
From the first time we tried coasteering, we were hooked. It's a great mix of adrenaline, exploration, teamwork and being amongst the natural beauty of the coastline. Our mission at Poseidon Adventure is to share our love of coasteering with as many people as possible. Here's our rundown of who coasteering is for.
Whether you're travelling with friends, colleagues or out in the Algarve for a wedding or birthday, coasteering is the perfect way to create great memories as a group. Coasteering involves helping each other out, trusting one another in wild situations and, most importantly , having fun amongst the waves, cliffs and caves.
We love to go out coasteering with family groups. It's great to see younger ones embracing the sport and growing in confidence as they jump from higher and higher (or from wherever they feel comfortable). It's the perfect activity to do with kids and get them outside amongst nature for the day.
We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our sessions to the needs of the group, so family sessions will always be a little bit less demanding and completely separate from our tours with adult groups - that way children (and more often than not the parents too) get the extra attention they require when jumping, swimming and climbing.
If you're travelling alone and looking for something completely different this summer, why not come along and join one of our sessions. It's a surefire way of meeting new people, getting a little bit out of your comfort zone and seeing a totally unique side of the Algarve.
Long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners - it's so out-dated! Nothing says 'I love you' more than jumping off a cliff or swimming in a hidden cave together. Bring your partner on one of coasteering sessions and you'll have the best date of your life!
It's only natural that our first blog post should be about Coasteering - so here's our countdown of the things that we love the most about this awesome activity.
5. It's Wild.
There aren't many sports that allow you to get up close and personal with nature. Coasteering lets us access giant sea cliffs, huge caves and tidal pools - places other people never get to see. But don't fear - dry land, and the comfort of a good cafe are never far away!
There's nothing better for us than a good workout and where better to exercise than the ocean. Wild swimming, climbing, crawling, scrambling and cliff jumping will train all your whole body. Even a relaxed coasteering session can burn a lot of calories. Come try it and really earn your next pastel de nata!
Coasteering really requires us to work together, whether we're helping each other climb out of the water, crossing a rocky void or getting psyched up for the next big jump.
The great thing about coasteering is that it can be adapted and tailored to the ability, age and confidence levels of the group. Small jumps and easy climbing are always available and for those wanting to go bigger there's always something available. As providers we pride ourselves on our ability to make coasteering bespoke for you.
The obvious choice for our favourite thing about coasteering. What's better than the feeling of flying through the air or the adrenaline rush after landing a huge jump? It's the main reason for going coasteering and our motivation to share this unique extreme activity with you!