We’re a British Canoeing and Adventuremark Approved Centre
Formed in 2003 we are the leading specialist sea kayaking adventure company in Jersey. We operate all year and pioneered the development of sit-on-top kayaking in the UK.
All our kayak activities are accompanied by a qualified British Canoeing (BC) sea kayak coach with the appropriate level of qualification to operate in the area you are paddling.
Our instructors have a wealth of experience paddling in Jersey and overseas and know the local waters, history and environment. We believe this background ensures a better quality of service.
All staff are paid above the Living Wage. We support staff training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Passionate About Sea Kayaking:
Derek Hairon, Director
British Canoeing level 5 coach (sea) and sea kayak leader guide and assessor.
Derek is the first nationally endorsed British Canoeing accredited guide in Jersey. The British Canoeing kayak guide endorsement supports and recognizes the additional skills required when fulfilling a guiding role on sea kayak tours and expeditions worldwide.
Derek has first aid certificates, Mencap, and Autism training. Institute for Outdoor Learning approved training courses: Introduction to Disability & Inclusions, Working with Disabled People in the Outdoors. Wildlife Safe (WiSe) and Jersey Heritage Trust Seymour and La Rocco Tower accredited guide. Jersey Tourism Bronze badge guide. Food hygiene level 2.
Over 49 years of sea kayaking experience. Expeditions to circumnavigate Ireland by kayak, Outer Hebrides, Aland Islands, Faeroe Islands and Alaska. Plus, lots of sea and surf kayaking in the UK. White water-kayaking expeditions in Nepal to paddle the Tamur and Marsyandi Rivers.
Derek wrote Sit-on-top Kayak. A Beginner’s Manual (Pesda Press). It is now in its second reprint and is also translated into French. Derek also writes articles for kayaking magazines.
He regularly presents training/safety clinics to enable people to enjoy the coastline of Jersey in greater safety.
Derek Hairon is the author of the Channel Island and South East Coast Sea Kayaking guidebook (Pesda Press).
Apart from kayaking, he has completed long-distance mountain walks such as the famous GR20 in Corsica.
He also spent 18 months cycling 12000 miles around Europe. He tries to ski and speaks some French.
British Canoeing (BCU) Level 3 coach with Moderate Water Endorsement who has worked in the outdoor pursuit industry since 2000.
He kayaked in the Argentinian Terra del Fuego, the southern tip of South America.
An experienced rock climbing instructor, He was instrumental in introducing coasteering to Jersey and pioneered some of the classic routes. As a result, he knows a lot about the geology of Jersey.
Mick now spends most of his time kayaking and is keen to pass on his knowledge of both the wildlife around our coast and the history of Jersey.
WiSe accredited guide. Outdoor First aid trained, MLTB Summer, Single pitch climbing instructor. Sea Kayak Leader award.
Jersey Tourism Bronze badge guide. Introduction to Disability & Inclusions, Working with Disabled People in the Outdoors.
Mick speaks French.
A British Canoeing Level 3 coach with many years of sea and surf kayaking experience.
In 1999 Gary was a member of the Jersey team that won the World Surf Kayak competition in California. If you need some top tips and coaching in surf kayaking and surf techniques, Gary is the one to ask for!
Gary set up Jersey Kayak Adventures with Derek. He left the business for a few years to become a Director at Valley Adventures, the only high ropes course in Jersey. Since 2018 we have succeeded in getting back out on the water to run our tours and classes.
When not running Valley Adventures and out kayaking Gary is likely to be out mountain biking.
Angie started kayaking by joining one of our introduction to kayaking courses in 2003.
Since then, she has progressed through the coaching system and is now a British Canoeing Coach.
Angie is fluent in British Sign Language (BSL). Introduction to Disability & Inclusions, Working with Disabled People in the Outdoors. She is also our go-to person for advice and guidance on all disability and inclusion matters.
She is famous for her supply of homemade cake on our sea kayak leader assessments.
At the age of 10 years, Trudie saw the North Sea for the first time. Soon seashells formed part of her luggage back home to Bavaria in Germany.
As a professional tour guide in Britain, Normandy and Brittany this led her into a career as a travel guide book writer for Polyglott and Langenscheidt publishers in Germany. She now works as a freelance travel writer and editor. This led her to the Channel Islands in 2002 when she wrote the Channel islands guidebook for Merian books.
Trudie fell in love with Jersey and the South East coast low tide zone. She happily links her passion for marine biology and local history with her training as a geographer on her guided walks to Seymour and Icho Towers, as well as developing a range of guided walks which explore the marine history and culture of Jersey.
She has since moved to Jersey to be closer to the sea.
Trudie is often your first point of contact when making a booking with Jersey Kayak and Jersey Walk Adventures.
Jersey Tourism Bronze Badge guide, Jersey Heritage Trust Seymour tower, and Wild Life Safe trained guide. Outdoor First Aid. Food hygiene level 2.
German and English speaking.
A professional tour guide.
About British Canoeing (formally called BCU) coaching awards
Just because a kayak coach/guide has a British Canoeing (BC) coaching award, this does not mean that they can kayak anywhere around Jersey with clients.
At Jersey Kayak Adventures our staff can lead kayak tours and courses island-wide because they have the required coaching/ guiding grades and experience to operate within their remit.
We invest in staff training to enable our staff to stay up to date with best practice and help them to obtain nationally recognized qualifications.
We only employ local staff because they have more experience of kayaking around our coastline.
BC certifies kayak coaches/instructors through a grading scheme running from level 1 (basic) to level 5 (advanced).
BC Level 1 coaches can only operate in designated areas. In Jersey, this means within very sheltered bays. Our level 1 coaches are usually found assisting more experienced guides.
BC Coach (formerly level 2) can only operate in a few areas unless they also hold BC sea kayak leader. All our BC coaches undergo site-specific training and are only allowed to lead after they have been signed off to do this.
BC coach levels 3, 4, and 5 require extensive training and experience and have an island-wide operating remit.
All kayak coaches must undertake regular updates and be current members of BC to remain licensed to coach/guide.
We support staff to gain additional qualifications and experience e.g. First Aid updates, attending British Canoeing coaching conferences, Bronze badge and Wildlife Safe (WiSe) guide training.
Safety training at Jersey Kayak Adventures
Staff hold valid and up-to-date First Aid awards, satisfactory Disclosure, and Barring Service (previously called Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks) and undergo Child Protection training as part of our staff induction training programme.
We Comply with all statutory regulations concerning young people and paddle sport along with all BC safety requirements.
Risk assessments and copies of our insurance can be supplied on request.
A safety scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) for providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA).
If we were based in the UK, Jersey Kayak Adventures would need to hold an AALA license. However, the AALA remit does not extend to the Channel Islands.
Adventuremark provides the assurance that we:
Offer activities at an appropriate level.
Take account of the needs of users.
Have had our safety management arrangements inspected.
Comply with key areas for safe delivery of activities.
Ports of Jersey
We undergo an annual inspection and are licensed by Ports of Jersey.
A Jersey scheme, helping organisations to make a positive impact on the environment.
Our performance is assessed in the following areas: Energy, Waste, Water, Transport, Purchasing,
We hold Ecoactive Leader grade.
National sustainability award.
We are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of environmental and sustainability areas.
The scheme guarantees we:
Are committed to sustainable tourism and minimising its damage to the environment.
Operate in accordance with the relevant environmental regulations.
Meet minimum standards of good practice across a range of sustainable development indicators.
We are audited every two years to ensure standards are maintained.
A national training scheme to promote responsible wildlife watching in the marine environment.
All our lead instructors undertake WiSe training to watch wildlife, whilst minimising any potential disturbance.