Storm Aileen has hit the UK this week and bought a lot of rain into South Wales. This means the river levels in the Brecon Beacons are fairly high at the moment. If levels remain the same then our full range of river activities, including Gorge Walking and Canyoning should be running across the whole weekend however there is more rain due Friday evening and Saturday evening so it is vital that you closely monitor rainfall levels and river levels throughout.
The ground water levels are saturated so the waterfalls will be flowing well and constantly however this means that any significant rainfall could have a more sustained effect on the river levels.
Despite the recent stormy conditions we could potentially see some acceptable conditions for Coasteering this weekend. The swell is set to be fairly low across both days, with Sunday being the lowest. The wind is also forecast to be reasonably gentle meaning it may be possible to run our Coasteering activities.
As always you will need to ensure you have the full safety equipment including helmet, buoyancy aid, wetsuit and sturdy footwear and you must be lead be an experienced guide who understands the area and conditions.
It doesn't look like we're going to get a lot of swell along the South Wales coast this weekend, so you surfers may struggle to get the waves you're after. The wind should be quite gentle so conditions could be good for beginner surfers to get some practice in. Although water temperatures are quite mild you will still need to ensure you are wearing a wetsuit.
The usual spots such as Rest Bay in Porthcawl or Caswell Bay and Oxwich Bay in Swansea should all be good spots.
Things have started to slow down a little bit now the summer holidays are over and autumn is approaching but we've still got a number of Stag Dos and Hen Parties joining us from both Cardiff and Swansea. The plan is to take them up into the Brecon Beacons for some Gorge Walking and Canyoning fun and if the conditions allow we'll also look to get a couple of them Coasteering too.
We're also turning our focus to our RLSS Water Safety courses and First Aid courses, which we'll be running for a number of different groups, including Youth Group leaders, Scout Leaders and employees of companies that need to perform risk assessments for water based activities. Contact us to find out more about any of these courses.