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Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:52

Caswell Bay

Caswell Bay

 

Caswell Bay is a large sandy beach which is flocked to by surfers all year around! Caswell takes its name from the stream that meanders its way through the Caswell valley and out along the beach! There are some lovely cafe’s just on the brow of Caswell Bay. The beach has lifeguards on between May and September and it is a popular beach for rock-pooling and other sea and beach activities. In 2006 the beach was named in the top 50 beaches in the UK, and as it stands we think that the beach is still pretty special. During low tide and a short walk around the headland to the west you will come onto Brandy Cove - but be sure to keep an eye on the tides.

 
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:04

Langland Bay

Langland Bay

Langland Bay is a popular coastal holiday beach. The Bay is surrounded by bright beach huts which are all privately owned, but give the beach great character! The sandy beach has another smaller beach called Rotherslade Bay which becomes isolated at high tide. The big steps here are a sun-worshipper's dream, a really sheltered sun trap.

Langland Bay is home to 6 very well looked after tennis courts. Langland Bay Golf Club also looks over the Bay, this 18 hole course can be challenging even for the best - with unpredictable coastal conditions! The Golf Club won Welsh Golf Club of the year in 2013.

Anyway.. back to the beach, popular with surfers - at a low tide Crab Island (reef) provides one of the best shaped and most powerful right hand waves in the country; however, many are put off by the fact that the wave breaks onto the exposed reef, so it is considered dangerous for novice surfers. Less able surfers might be better off trying 'Saga Point', 'Middle Reef' or 'Rotherslade Lefts' but there is always a danger from rocks so no head first dismounts people!

We recommend the Chai-tea Lattes at the Surf Side Cafes https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surfside-Cafe-official-site/108686775840951 for a post-surf warm up. Plus these cafes are dog-friendly too, a rareity on Gower :-)

 

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:20

Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay

 

Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay

 

Bracelet Bay is just around the corner from Mumbles Head and holds some significant beachside awards. It holds a Blue Flag Award and the Seaside Award. A Blue Flag Award is awarded to beaches internationally that have high levels of cleanliness, safety and high standard amenities. The Seaside Award assures visitors that they are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed stretch of coastline.

Bracelet Bay is also a SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest) mainly for the limestone geology that surrounds it and a small fossilised coral reef. The rock at Bracelet Bay dates back 290 millions years.

Bracelet Bay is also home to a fascinating and beautiful cave which begs to be explored, if you can find it....but you must be wary of the tides.

Limeslade Bay is the next bay around from Bracelet. It is mostly rocky and pebbley with little sand, the Bay holds the Rural Seaside Award and the Green Coast Award.

Just a few metres north of Limeslade Bay is the start of the Gower coast path and leads onto Rotherslade and Langland Bay.

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Monday, 02 June 2014 12:25

Inflatables

Inflatable's

Rubber rings and Lilo's are all to familiar to all of us. But in the sea they could be your worst enemy.

Inflatable's are likely to get caught by any wind and this could lead to your getting swept out to sea. Many beaches will display an orange flag when there is an off-shore wind - this is when they are an absolute no-no. Many lifeguard stations advise against even using them in the sea, though if they are used, is must be between the red and yellow flags.

Never use inflatables in choppy sea conditions. 

NEXT IN OUR LINE OF BEACH SAFETY BLOGS - KNOW YOUR FLAGS.

 

Published in Beach & Surfing
Friday, 30 May 2014 10:19

Coasteering

Coasteering

Coasteering is an activity ran by many providers around the Welsh coast, most popularily on Gower and in Pembrokeshire. The activity consists of jumping, plunging, traversing, climbing, swimming, cave exploration and marine life watching, it is a great activity for all age groups!

Instructors who take coasteering are very knowledgeable of the sea and how it works, we know where to go and where not to go to make sure that a fantastic time is had by all in the safest possible way!

When you come Coasteering with us you will be provided with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet!

And you will need to bring your swimsuit (to go underneath the wetsuit), a spare pair of strong shoes to wear in the sea, some shorts to go over your wetsuit to avoid bum scuffs! Also always good to remember a towel too :)

Next in the line of Beach Safety blogs - Inflatables

Published in Coasteering & Climbing
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:52

Waves and Tides

Waves and Tides

Fun Facts

Did you know that ocean tides are created by a combination of the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun combined with the rotation of the earth!

Most places have two high tides and low tides per day

There are times during the earth's rotation that the moon and the sun are on the same side and this causes larger tides, these are known as Spring Tides.

The important stuff..

Whenever you head to the beach always check the tides, you may get to the beach and it will be a high tide and the beach will not be accessible. 

Always be cautious about when the tide is going out or coming in, be careful not to get cut off by the tide.

Waves are not safe environments to play in, the sea is very unpredictable and what looks like fun could end in tragedy with bigger waves taking you out to sea.

 Coming up next - Coasteering

 

Published in Beach & Surfing
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:27

Rip Tides

What are Rip Tides? Rips are strong currents flowing out to sea, the typical speed of a rip is 0.5meters per second but can reach speeds up to 2.5meters per second - which is faster than any human swimmer! They are also found around river mouths, estuaries and man-made structures such as piers. Rip Tides are so strong that if you try swimming agaisnt it, you will just tire youself out.

So what does a Rip Tide look like? Some things to look out for are - foam on the waters surface, rippled patch on the sea where the sea is generally calm and sandy coloured water cause by sand being stirred up from the sea bed.

What happens if you get caught in a Rip Tide? The most important thing to do is to remain calm! Just float with the Rip Tide and get the attention of others who can raise the alarm for help. If you are comfortable in the situation and a good swimmer, you can try swimming parallel to the shore line to escape the Rip Tide. But most importantly remain calm and raise the alarm! Rip Tides are stronger when the sea is rough or on a low tide.

Rip Tides are the cause or about 80% of beach lifeguard rescues. Stay safe and stay in the know. 

Our next #beachsafety blog entry is all about Waves and Tides.

Published in Beach & Surfing
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:19

Stay safe on the beach this summer

Stay safe on the beaches across Gower this summer with these helpful tips from the RNLI. Where ever possible swim at a beach with a lifeguard on visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk to find the beach closest to you with a lifeguard.

Always read and obey the safety signs, they will often be informing you of any dangers that could occur. On lifeguard manned beaches swim between the yellow and red flags as these are the safest areas to be swimming in.

Avoid swimming alone If you see someone getting into difficulty, do not try help them unless you are trained as they could push you uner the surface in a panic, alert the beach lifeguard or if there is no lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

More tips to follow in the next blog entry - All about Rip Tides

Published in Beach & Surfing
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:55

What 2014 holds for RIPNROCK?

The beginning of our summer season is here!
We are very much looking forward to meeting lots of new clients and giving them activity experiences to remember. If you are looking to try something new why not book an activity with us?

We offer, Coasteering, Rock Climbing, Canyoning, Surfing, Abseiling, Gorge Walking, Raft Building, Team Building.

You may notice a few new activities in our activity list, we are very excited about being able to offer more to our visiting clients.
New for 2014 we are offering package weekends for stag, hen and groups - you select the activities and accommodation type and we organise the rest for you, all for the best price. If you'd like any more information simply contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

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