Military Testimonials

We’ve been offering bespoke armed services coasteer packages since our inception in 2007. We have worked with the armed services to offer surfing and bodyboarding packages for over 15 years.

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“Coasteering is an excellent opportunity to challenge you both physically and mentally. With the Surf Coaching that the Newquay Activity Centre offer students develop in skill and self-confidence, even managing to catch a wave or two by the end of the lesson”  – Soldier Magazine

“This week was outstanding. A true experience for all; it was fun and pushed people out of their comfort zones at the same time!” – Billy Percy, 26 and 12 Logistic Support Reg. British Army, Edinburgh

“Stunning and fantastic, great instructors have made the activities even better, great for team building and I will recommend the company to many others. See you all again soon!” – Leader Ben Taylor, 32, Gloucester

“I can honestly say on behalf of every member who came we absolutely loved it! The weather was testing but the tuition throughout was top class! I would recommend this to anyone! Brilliant!” – Richard Millington

“Having just returned from a third weekend of Adventure Training in Newquay, I can confirm that this event, as short, easy to organise and cheap for the participants, really is an inclusion into the Phase 2 training programme that is a must for the personal development of our young soldiers.  Even the journey time from Worthy Down to Newquay has it’s worth; the journey too sees the students hyping up the weekends activities where they know they’ll push them selves to limits that they never thought possible (free jumping 42ft into the sea), and the return journey becomes a time for reflection with a sense of achievement in their buzzing characters.

A few of the students that attend the weekend have never entered the sea, many are weak swimmers and the majority have the human fear of heights.  But under the professional guidance of the excellent instructional team, all students overcome their fears and are astounded by their personal achievements.

A truly excellent weekend in a perfect environment with quality instruction.” – WO1 (SSM) John Gray, 38, Wales

“Having come back from AT yesterday, one word sums up the time I had – Awesome! I really, really enjoyed the surfing and managed to stand up on the board!!  Coastteering was excellent, but a little scary, even Capt Burns got a little scared when he got swept along with the current!” – 30111228 Pte Peet, 17, Salisbury

“Coasteering was good and because not everyone in the group was a good swimmer, we all showed good team work to help each other out and finish the activity” – 30110942 Pte Jamieson,17, Cambridgeshire

“I really enjoyed the whole weekend as I have never been to Newquay before, and have never surfed or done coast steering.  I would love to surf again and do the coasteering. It was a good team building exercise that showed what could be done when we put our minds to it.” 30113951 Pte Marsden, 24, Leicester

“Surfing was a fantastic experience as it is something I have never done before.  I was lucky enough to pick up the technique quickly and had an awesome time!
The coasteering was really fun, and scary!  I think this was down to the conditions we experienced that day.  It was really hard because of the amount of swimming and climbing we did, but the jumps were awesome and made it well worth it, a real buzz!” – 30108788 Pte Pettinger, 17, Scunthorpe

“I really enjoyed the activities as I haven’t done this sort of thing before. The coaststeering was challenging,  but a really good experience.  I really hope I can go back to Newquay and do these activities again, they were so cool!” - 30111230 Pte Baylis, 17, Stadley

“The weekend was a superbly run, challenging event away from the students’ normal place of work.  The instructors were first rate and got many of the students to attempt, and succeed, in activities they would not have dreamed they would ever be taking part in.
The camaraderie displayed was heartening to see, and got people to jump when lesser mortals would not. It was clear to see that the students thoroughly enjoyed their time on AT, and learnt a great deal about themselves, which can only be a good thing for them” – 24839440 WO2 Beal, 39, Aldershot

“We had a great week down in Newquay with the ESF. The surfing tuition was first class and the coasteering was an extremely memorable experience. Many thanks to Aidan and the rest of the guys.” – Lt Ryan Mardon, Troop Commander, 32 Regiment Royal Artillery

“We had a great time learning to surf with the ESF. Great instruction, really friendly, very safe. Coasteering was awesome really challenging.” Capt Don Cochrane, Royal Artillery, 32 Regiment Royal Artillery

“Have just spent 3 days adventure training being taught to surf, bodyboard and coasteering with a group from the armed forces. I have been on various other packages run by companies such as this and nothing compares. The instructors are outstanding, knowledgeable and gained the trust very quickly of all 35 people who at…tended who varied in age and experiance. I have already looked into rebooking a few weekends with other soldiers and have ensured that our package next week will be with them again. Thanks for an incredible week of coaching and a fantastic time.”
Capt Mick Peters

“This was my first time away from the training environment with the soldiers under my command. The facilities provided were excellent and ideal for a taster of the activities in a fun and safe environment. The opportunity given to phase 2 soldiers to enjoy a break from training and experience something, most would have never done before, was great to see. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Even non swimmers! Particularly as it got a bit hairy in places!!”
Lt Willis RLC, 25, Somerset

“Rob, Brendan and Aidan, We’ve arrived back safe and sound, We would like to thank you all for an excellent week of coaching, between the 4 – 8 May 09. All the lads who attended your coaching course have thoroughly enjoyed their time with you and the guys. The instruction was excellent and service and support throughout the week was to highest standards.

We are now back to work and the work place is buzzing with stories of our exploits both in and out of the water! All those who participated are now confident enough to venture up to Portrush and tackle some big ones soon. We’re all missing the TOLCARNE WEDGE very much!!!

We hope to make plans for another training week after the summer and now hope to book a winter session soon after- Morocco is still our favourite choice.

Once again Rob a big thank you to you and the guys and see you very soon.” John, 665 SQN AAC

“Superb instruction, friendly and relaxed, very well organised.
Generally a fantastic 4 day package. Thanks!”
Dave Coates, 33, Army

“Had a really nice time, thanks”
Ryan Purdy, 28, Army

“Great instructor, what a great week, love you all.”
Roz, 22, Army


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