Are you familiar with what coasteering is? Well, you’re about to be! Coasteering is an incredibly exciting summer activity for teens. In fact, you might already do something similar without even knowing it. If you’re looking for a neat way to spend your summer with friends and family, coasteering is something you should absolutely experience. But first, here’s a quick look at what it is!
What is Coasteering?
It’s basically a trip along any rocky coast. It includes, but doesn’t have to be limited to, climbing, swimming, and jumping. One key component is the opportunity to explore marine life along the intertidal zone. In essence, though, coasteering is a coastline adventure without a boat, canoe, or kayak.
So why is it perfect for teens? Here are five great reasons coasteering is the perfect addition to your summer plans.
It Appeals to the Adventurer Inside
If you like adventures, then you’re sure to find one in coasteering. It takes the very best of what adventures should include – climbing, hiking, traversing, swimming, and jumping into deep water – and throws them all together in one epic experience.
It Challenges Your Comfort Zone
A little scared of heights but love the thrill and sense of accomplish you feel after conquering your fear? Coasteering offers the perfect opportunity to press your limits without exceeding them. If jumping into the ocean from a rock 20 feet in the air seems too extreme, you can opt for a 10-foot jump or skip the dive completely.
It’s a Great Team-building Activity
Love working with others? Coasteering provides a social element that isn’t found in most other sports and activities. Helping hands and boosts create a sense of togetherness that’s hard to forget once the trip is over. In fact, many people wear action cameras, like a GoPro, so they can record the experience and visit it again later.
It Gets You in Shape
Coasteering is an incredibly fun, and sometimes challenging, physical activity. You’ll have to move and explore the coast in new ways, sometimes utilizing muscles you haven’t used much before. The functional fitness required to boulder, hike, climb, and jump is great and these skills are absolutely transferable to other areas of your athletic life. Further, these help you build strong upper and lower body muscles, as well as develop a strong core. So if you’ve got a big family beach trip coming up or plan to participate in fall sports, coasteering can help prepare you.
It Offers the Opportunity for Learning
In addition to all the fun, there’s educational value in coasteering as well. Coastlines are often neglected as educational opportunities in favor of tourism during the summers. However, you can learn so much about geography, rock formations, marine and animal life, and other scientific topics while on your coasteering adventure.
Contributed by Amanda Vosloh Bowyer