Although Coasteering has been around recreationally since the mid 80’s, only in recent years has Coasteering become one of the leading commercial adventure activities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
As Coasteering was relatively new in a commercial sense, no governing body was in place to regulate safety in the Coasteering environment. This is where the BCF comes in…
Over the last 5 years the BCF have been collating information regarding best practice for jumping from height into the ocean.
There have been many incidents reported regarding the dislocation of shoulders when jumping into water. The general conclusion amongst providers has been that these accidents happen when clients do not cross their arms over their chests before entering into the water.
The British Coasteering Federation is now providing courses for Surf Life Saving GB.
Surf Life Saving GB is the awarding body for the highest standard of Beach Lifeguard Qualification in the country, and they are the National Governing Body for Life Saving Sport.
During 2009 a number of Coasteering specialists throughout the UK joined forces with Surf Life Saving GB to help formulate an appropriate Coasteering Award.
The NEW course that is now being provided via the BCF is the SLSGB Coasteer Lifesaving