Woohoo, we’ve just taken delivery of this seasons new Tiki wetsuits. Why wait until summer to come and explore the stunning coastline of Wales, Coasteering is wicked fun all year round, especially if you’re well kitted out in toasty warm wetsuits
Great to see Tiki taking steps to be eco aware too…
* Uses Limestone based neoprene * Has been shipped by sea * Was packed in recycled card
Here’s what some of our winter/spring clients had to say about our Coasteering wetsuits & equipment…
“It wasn’t cold at all once you get all the gear on” April 2013
“The wetsuits certainly did their work too as we weren’t affected by the cold, either in or out of the water.” March 2013
“Ok it was early Feb and the sea was cold but Celtic Quest provided us all with good quality wetsuits, gloves, hats so wasn’t unpleasant” Feb 2013
“Kit is superb, even in winter it is not cold” Nov 2012
“I had an amazing time coasteering with Cleo and Gareth at the Blue Lagoon in north Pembrokeshire. They are both great personalities and made the session a lot of fun, while giving lots of encouragement and tips to build confidence for the higher jumps.”
“Despite it being early March and the water ice cold, the excellent kit provided kept me warm and safe. I totally recommend Celtic Quest Coasteering for anyone looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure.”
Written by: Stephen Crabb MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales
Having worked in the outdoor industry for a number of years I saw an opportunity to develop an enterprise focusing on one activity, breaking away from the industry standard multi activity ‘jack of all trades’. Celtic Quest Coasteering was born back in 2008, its mission….to make Coasteering available to virtually everyone, not just adrenaline junkies. Whilst it can be an extreme sport, we tailor every adventure to suit the expectations and abilities of each adventurer, which includes children, non-swimmers, disabled clients and OAPs. Since launch five years ago our company has evolved from being a company offering thrilling outdoor experiences, to one that has a responsibility to the community around it.
From our customer feedback we know that many tourists come to Pembrokeshire to escape the rat race. Owing to the slow pace of life, visitors have little choice but to switch off and kick back. That said, there are plenty of tech savvy establishments, cafes, bars and accommodation providers offering high speed internet access for those who need it.
As an activity operator in Pembrokeshire we are members of the tourism community. Most successful organisations in the county have a strong sense of place proactively referring visitors and clients to each other. Visitors that book Coasteering with ourselves will often ask for recommendations of where to stay, where to eat and things to do in the area. We have developed valuable relationships with a variety of organisations in the area. We often visit referral partners to assess their quality and to strengthen the relationship.
Pembrokeshire is competing with many other destinations. If visitors book Coasteering with us, they invariably book local accommodation and spend further time and money in the county. We are not just a Coasteering specialist; we always go the extra mile when dealing with enquiries. This can include all sorts from directions to other organisations, dog sitting services, local garage breakdown assistance to restaurant menus and local nightlife.
I run a seasonal instructor training programme, taking on local people, many of which have no experience in the outdoor industry. Having worked a season or two for me, they go off to work for other organisations worldwide. Employing local staff is not only important for my brand as their local knowledge is invaluable, but it also boosts the local economy. Pembrokeshire people as a whole are very warm and welcoming. I actively seek out individuals with the Pembrokeshire spark. My Coasteering guides need to have strong people skills, able to make a connection and gain a client’s trust from first contact. My biggest asset is my staff. The Celtic Quest brand is constantly growing and can only be enhanced by the quirky personalities of my guides.
The current economic climate is tough. I believe that companies operating within rural areas – and even in cities – have a responsibility to support their local community. I have recently been recognised for my achievements by winning the Hestia award at the national 2012 NatWest everywoman awards for running a business in a remote rural location and making a contribution to the local community. I hope this raises awareness of the value of countryside businesses. According to DEFRA, there are more businesses per 10,000 population in the most rural areas than in the most urban areas, so it is essential that these enterprises are encouraged to work together in order to succeed.
Going into 2013, we will be working closely with fellow tourism sector companies on joint marketing ventures. Plans are afoot to make Pembrokeshire the place to be!
12 Professional cliff diving athletes may get the chance to sample the delights of the Pembrokeshire’s Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy near St Davids as part of the world series cliff diving championships in 2012.
Red Bull, who organise the event have been in discussion with the Outdoor Charter group, National Trust, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Coutryside Council for Wales and Pembrokeshire County Council to determine if the Blue Lagoon could be a new venue on the world circuit. If the World Series Cliff Diving event goes ahead it will be held on the 7th and 8th September 2012.