Friday mornings have generally been reserved for coasteering sessions for the Jersey Canoe Club and today was no exception. Today was the local schools half term so when we gathered in the car park above Portelet there were 17 of us, ranging in age from 6 to 61.
As we moved along the coast there were a number of other jumps plus the opportunity to explore a cave and an offshore reef. One of the most common misconceptions about coasteering is that it is all about jumping into the sea from great heights but nothing could be further from the truth. Coasteering is about a journey along the coast as opposed to just jumping from the highest cliff possible.
Portelet either side of high tide is a great location for coasteering, so many locations are turning into locations where there are just too many people, lines of people develop at the most popular jumping locations etc. Portelet though has always retain its uniqueness. I have never seen anybody else there whenever I have been coasteering in the area.
Coasteering is an activity, which receives negative press at times but in reality it is one of the most exciting ways to explore the coastal environment.
For those who are interested my book on Coasteering is still available from Amazon.