Includes: coasteering Outdoors, Adventure, Walking, Water

Activity time:
Half day


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Climb, jump, swim!

Coasteering is a real physical challenge. It will see Guides and members of The Senior Section navigating their way along coastlines - tackling rough water, climbing on rocks and jumping into the sea.


Coasteering involves traversing along the base of cliffs and is a combination of adventure swimming in swell and waves, exploring caves, scrambling the lower levels of sea cliffs above deep water and climbing the cliffs to jumping locations.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA, Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

See safety regulations for important safety information.

Instructors must hold a valid Coasteering leaders qualification, such as:

In addition, a suitable lifesaving qualification must be held.

If alternative qualifications are held, please seek advice from your Outdoor Activities Adviser or contact [email protected] to ensure the instructor’s qualification is appropriate to the nature of the activity.

Members must not undertake coasteering without two qualified instructors.

To do coasteering, girls must be able to:

  • swim 50 metres
  • keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.

Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.

Include all: If a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.

The Leader must:

  • make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
  • make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
  • follow water safety guidance and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.

Water should be inspected for signs of visible pollution, for example rubbish, blue green algae or chemicals.

Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.

See our guidance on water activities.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed
You must have a ratio of one adult to twelve girls. Coasteering groups must not exceed 15 participants including Leaders; therefore, the largest possible coasteering group is 13 girls and two Leaders. Each group must have two instructors.


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities