Wherever you are on the Welsh coast, you're never far from the opportunity to slink into a wetsuit - and who among us doesn't look utterly stonking in tight neoprene? - and lob yourself into the ocean. Welcome to the wonderful Welsh watersport that is coasteering, and a few operators to help you get started.

Most run courses to suit everyone from total beginners to gung-ho experts, usually from age 8 upwards. Prices start at around £40 per adult (£25 per child) for a half-day session, for which they’ll provide all the essential gear – wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet – and a team of cheery outdoorsy types who’ll make sure everyone has a fantastic time and, importantly, stays safe.

Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Coasteering began in St Davids back in 1986, so it’s only polite to give the noble pioneers at TYF  Adventure and Coasteering the first shout-out. TYF invented the sport at the Twr y Felin activity centre (now a luxury hotel) and over 30-plus years they’ve taken more than 100,000 splash-happy punters along the fabulous coast around St Davids. Since then, they’ve been joined by several other operators like Celtic QuestPreseli Venture and Dragon Activity Guides.

Most of the action happens along the wildly beautiful coastline between St Davids and Fishguard, although it’s spread as far afield as Tenby and Stackpole in the south, Cardigan in the north, and Newgale in the middle. The most popular spot, used by several operators, is The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi, where a sea-swamped slate quarry provides reliable thrills even when the sea is too rough elsewhere. The 10m leap off the top of the quarry is a rite of passage for any coasteerer.

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Father and son exploring the coastline on foot before coasteering
Coasteering on flat calm day, family exploring rocks infront of expanse of sea
Family wading through large rocks off the West Wales coastline
Coasteering, West Wales

Gower, West Wales

The south coast of Gower ticks all boxes: an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, high cliffs, big sea arches and a massive tidal range that reveals bags of wildlife. From the gentler sands of Caswell, through the jaw-dropping perfection of Three Cliffs Bay, out to the jagged promontory of Worm’s Head at Rhossili, there’s plenty of superb terrain – and plenty of operators to choose from: Gower Activity CentresDown to EarthRip n RockAntur Outdoor Adventure and Adventure Britain should have something to (wet)suit everyone.

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Tide our at Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Peninsula, South Wales
Three Cliffs, Gower

Anglesey, North Wales

Almost the entire coastline of our biggest island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but its best coasteering terrain is around Holy Island. Anglesey Adventures explore the hidden beaches, cliffs and sea caves, with options including the hardcore ‘adventure’ trip and a gentler ‘eco-coasteering’ day to savour the wildlife and geology. They’re based at the Anglesey Outdoor Centre, which does the full suite of wet-and-dry adventure activities. A few other companies worth mentioning: North Wales ActiveSeren Ventures and Snowdonia Outdoor Adventures do coasteering and with its sister sports, gorge scrambling and canyoning.

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Male mid jump off rock, coasteering in Anglesey
Female mid jump off rock, coasteering in Anglesey
Exploring the Welsh coastline from a different perspective, Anglesey

Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales

Take your pick: there’s the sheltered south coast, the more rugged north coast, or the exposed tip of Llŷn that catches the big waves that roll in from the Atlantic. One of the best spots is Morfa Nefyn, where the tiny fishing village of Porthdinllaen makes the most picturesque backdrop - and the Ty Coch Inn the ideal place to have a reviving pint while telling tales of heroism. Local operators include Boulder Adventures and Bach Ventures.

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Porthdinllaen from above.
Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula

Glamorgan Heritage Coast, South Wales

The multi-layered cliffs of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast are just 30 minutes from Cardiff, and have long been popular with walkers and fossil-hunters. The stretch between Southerndown and Ogmore also lends itself well to coasteering, with several operators working the coastline: try Hawk Adventures and Mountain & River Activities.

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Rocky beach near Llantwit Major.
The dramatic coastline near Llantwit Major, South Wales

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