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Post 24 June 2014 In All Categories

 

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.

Post 23 June 2014 In All Categories

National Insect Week

Today (23rd June 2014) marks the first day of National Insect week. A week aimed at encouraging people to increase their knowledge of insects big and small that surround them! National Insect week is organised by the Royal Entomological Society (the study of insects). Locally and nationally there are going to be events organised such as bug hunts, glow-worm hunting and moth trapping! 

There are over 1 millions different species of insects that have been named and described worldwide. 

In the UK there are more than 24,000 species in the UK along and we can find these insects in all sorts of different habitats.

Insects can be pollinators, predators, pests, parasites and prey. But most importantly they can play an important part in conservation, food production, medicine and ecology

Whether we and applying creams and sprays to keep them away insects play an important part in day-to-day life. So get out there and explore them, and if you spot anything - send us a picture and let us know!!

Post 21 June 2014 In All Categories

Summer Solstice

'Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still)'.

The Summer Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice a year when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in its path as seen from the earth, as the planet orbits the sun. The summer solstice marks mid summer with it being the longest day of the year and the sun has reaches the highest point in the sky - this is why the day is longer.

This year, the summer solstice occurs on both 20 and 21 June, so you can start celebrating a little earlier. This is because on both days, the sun will rise at 5:01am and set at 23:26 pm. Today (21 June) the Sun is 152 million kilometres from Earth.

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site and has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice, parking and entry is free at the time of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge every year, so that sun worshipers and modern day Druids can gather there.

So do what you can to celebrate this year’s Summer Solstice where it is with a BBQ or just heading somewhere to watch the sun-set this evening..

Post 18 June 2014 In All Categories

Our next line of Blog entries are all about the Gower coastline. We hear enough about Rhossili Bay endlessly due to it endless beauty and awards! However, the Gower coastline is also home to a lot of other Bays and Beaches, some small and private some pebbled and others with huge historical importance. So our next blog feature will bring you these beaches and all you need to know about them.

So keep your eye out for your favorite beaches!!

Beach number one is going to be Bracelet and Limeslade Bay

Post 16 June 2014 In All Categories

Team Building

We now run Team Building sessions!! And we love them already. If you are looking for a VERY fun day out for a group of people who are new to each others company or you are looking to boost team morale, this is a great day for you! 

We focus on the following attributes - 

  • Communication
  • Group Dynamics
  • Working together
  • Self development
  • Leadership skills
  • Problem Solving

These are all things you wont even know that you are doing, because you are just going to be having a lot of fun. Our sessions are crafted to have outcomes but for you to have the most amount of fun possible. The sessions can vary between being a wet or dry session depends on what you fancy doing!

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Post 11 June 2014 In Beach & Surfing

Know your flags

It is really important to know your flags on a beach as they are telling your different things!

Big Orange Windsock - this indicated the wind direction and the wind speed! If the wind sock if flying when you are at the beach, you should NOT use inflatable's.

Red Fag - This flag indicated danger, never enter the water when a red flag is flying.

Black and white chequered flag - this indicated an area made by the beach lifeguards that is for surfers and kayakers only.

Red and Yellow flags - these are the flags you want to be looking out for, they indicate an area on the beach where is safe to swim and enjoy yourself while being watched by a beach lifeguard.

 

Remember enjoy your summer safely. 

 

Post 02 June 2014 In Beach & Surfing

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.

 

Post 30 May 2014 In Coasteering & Climbing

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

Post 27 May 2014 In Beach & Surfing

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

 

Post 22 May 2014 In Beach & Surfing

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.

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