River levels in the Brecon Beacons are currently quite high, however so long as there is no more significant rainfall and you are with an experienced guide there will be no reason for our Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities to be running across the weekend. With all the rain we've had over the last week or two the ground is saturated, meaning the waterfalls will be flowing well and constant.
Because of the current levels and with a small amount of rain forecast it is vital that you are with an experienced guide who knows the area in which the activity is taking place. Each waterfall climb and any jumps will need to be judged at the time to ensure they are safe to complete. Any heavy rainfall in the mountain regions of the Brecons could lead to flashing, so you must stay up to date with the weather forecast and rainfall in the 12 hours previous to your activity.
Full safety equipment will obviously be required, which we provide as part of your event package. This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets. The Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities will be challenging this weekend but they will be great fun too. This is what it's all about!
If we're going to see conditions that are acceptable for Coasteering then it will be on Sunday. The swell is 2ft - 3ft and we're forecast fairly light winds, particularly Sunday morning. The only issue you may find with that is that we're on a low tide so the activity will need to be adjusted accordingly. Sunday afternoon could see the wind pick up, however if it stays calm then you could take advantage and use the tide in your favour too.
As with any of our activities, full safety equipment will be provided and must be worn throughout. There is no reason whatsoever to participate in any activity unless you have all of the required equipment and you must always be with an experienced guide.
Saturday sees 5ft swell and stronger winds meaning the conditions are unlikely to be suitable for any Coasteering activities. If Saturday is your day then your best bet is to head inland for some Gorge Walking or Canyoning or grab a board and get a surf in.
Saturday looks like it could offer some decent Surfing conditions along the South Wales coast. We will be seeing swell of around 3ft - 5ft and although there will be a decent wind the sheltered bays of Rest Bay in Porthcawl or Caswell Bay in Swansea will afford you some protection, making your surf that bit more enjoyable.
Sunday sees the swell dropping but so too does the wind, so this is a good day if you are a less experienced surfer to get out for some practice. The swell will be dropping down to 2ft - 3ft. Keep in mind the tidal times and use them to your advantage. High tide on the South Wales coast is very early morning or early evening across the weekend.
As always are weekend is packed full of activities, with more Scout Troops and Youth Groups venturing to South Wales for camps and activity weekends as well as the usual mix of Stag Dos and Hen Parties from Cardiff, Swansea and Porthcawl joining us. We're running a full programme of activities, including Gorge Walking, Canyoning, Surfing lessons and Beach Days.
This will see the groups being put through a number of challenges, some just fun other looking to improve the way they work together, communicate and support each other. We have years of experience in running these activities so gear each activity for what the group are after. Often the Stag Dos and Hen Parties are just looking for good old fashioned fun, climbing up waterfalls and jumping into plunge pools, with maybe the odd bit of cave exploring and rapid crossing. For the scout troops we can add more teambuilding and problem solving challenges into the activity to improve the way they all work together.
Whatever the weather, whatever the activity the one thing that we can be absolutely sure of is that all of our groups will go away with new experiences, new skills and having had a great time getting them.