About Us

We’re a British Canoeing Approved Centre

We meet the exacting standards of British Canoeing

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.

Our kayak activities take place with a qualified British Canoeing (BC) sea kayak coach who has 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.

We are a Living Wage employer, and staff are paid above the minimum wage.

Passionate About Sea Kayaking:

Derek Hairon, Director

Derek Hairon

British Canoeing level 5 coach, 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 recognises 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 50 years of sea kayaking experience. Expeditions to circumnavigate Ireland by kayak, Outer Hebrides, Aland Islands, Faeroe Islands and Alaska. White water-kayaking trips in Nepal to paddle the Tamur and Marsyandi Rivers. Plus, lots of sea and surf kayaking in the UK.

Derek wrote Sit-on-top Kayak. A Beginner’s Manual (Pesda Press). Derek also writes articles for kayaking magazines.

Derek Hairon BC Guide

He regularly presents training/safety clinics to enable people to enjoy the coastline of Jersey.

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.

Mick

Mick

A British Canoeing (BCU) Level 3 coach with Moderate Water Endorsement. He 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 introduced coasteering to Jersey and pioneered some of the classic routes. As a result, he knows a lot about the geology of Jersey.

Mick enjoys sharing his knowledge of wildlife and the history of Jersey.

Qualifications; Outdoor First aid trained, MLTB Summer, Single pitch climbing instructor. WiSe accredited guide. Sea Kayak Leader award.

Jersey Tourism Bronze badge guide. Introduction to Disability & Inclusions, Working with Disabled People in the Outdoors.

Mick speaks French. When not kayaking, he is likely to be found clocking up the miles on his mountain bike.

Gary

Gary

Gary

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. Gary is the one to ask if you need some top tips and coaching in surf kayaking and surf techniques!

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

Angie (left)

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.

Trudie

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.

Working as a professional tour guide in Britain, Normandy and Brittany led her into a career as a travel guide book writer for Polyglott and Langenscheidt publishers in Germany. She first visited the Channel Islands in 2002 to write the Channel islands guidebook for Merian books. She now works as a freelance travel writer and editor.

Trudie

Trudie fell in love with Jersey and the South East coast low tide zone. She developed guided walks that explore the maritime history and culture of Jersey. 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.

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 islandwide 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 practices and help them to obtain nationally recognised 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.

BC Sheltered water coaches can only operate in designated areas. In Jersey, this means within very sheltered bays. Our sheltered water coaches usually assist more experienced guides.

A BC Coach (formerly level 2) can operate in more locations. If they have the BC sea kayak leader award, they can work islandwide.

All our BC coaches undergo site-specific training and are only allowed to lead after additional in house training.

BC coach levels 3, 4, and 5 require extensive training and experience and have an islandwide 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.

We comply with statutory regulations concerning young people and paddlesport along with British Canoeing safety requirements.

We can supply copies of our risk assessments and insurance on request.

Ports of Jersey

Ports of Jersey license us.

Ecoactive level 2 award badge for jersey kayakEcoActive

A Jersey scheme, helping organisations to make a positive impact on the environment.

We are assessed in the following areas: Energy, Waste, Water, Transport, Purchasing,

We hold Ecoactive Leader grade.

GTBS logoGreen Tourism Business Gold grade

A National sustainability award.

We are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering various environmental and sustainability areas.

The scheme guarantees we:

Are committed to sustainable tourism and minimising its damage to the environment.

Operate under the relevant environmental regulations.

Meet minimum standards of good practise across a range of sustainable development indicators.

We are one of just four Green Tourism Gold grade tourism businesses in Jersey. The others are Radisson Hotel, Durrell, La Mare Vineyards.

We are audited every two years to ensure standards are maintained.

Wild life safe awarded to Jersey kayak adventuresWild Life Safe (WiSe)

WiSe is 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.