Jersey Kayak Adventures

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About Us

British Canoe Union Approved centre for sea kayaking adventure in JerseyWe’re a British Canoeing (BCU) and Adventuremark Approved Centre

Formed in 2003 we are the leading specialist adventure kayaking business in Jersey. We operate all year and have pioneered the development of sit-on-top kayaking in the UK.

All our kayak activities are accompanied by a qualified BCU 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. They know the local waters, history and environment. We believe that this background ensures a better quality of service.

Passionate About Sea Kayaking:

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Derek Hairon

Derek Hairon, Director

British Canoe Union level 5 coach (sea) who taught outdoor pursuits in the UK.

Derek has first aid certificates, Mencap and Autism training. A Wildlife Safe (WiSe)  and Jersey Heritage Trust Seymour Tower accredited guide. Jersey Tourism Bronze badge guide. Food hygiene level 2.

Over 42 years sea kayaking experience. Expeditions to circumnavigate Ireland by kayak, Outer Hebrides, Aland Islands, Faeroe Islands and Alaska. Extensive 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), when he discovered that this area of paddle-sport was ignored by traditional kayaking. 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 guide book (Pesda Press published summer 2015).

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 loves skiing and speaks some French.

Mick. Our expert at spotting Peregrine Falcons around the coast.


BCU level 3 coach 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 wild life around our coast and the history of Jersey.

A WiSe accredited guide.  Outdoor First aid trained, MLTB Summer, Single pitch climbing instructor.

Jersey Tourism Bronze badge guide.

Mick speaks French.

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Nic, BCU level 2 coach and 4 star leader


Nic has grown up kayaking around the coast of Jersey and working during the summer for Jersey Kayak Adventures. After completing his degree in Coventry, he decided that life in a landlocked city wasn’t for him. This led him abroad to New Zealand to travel, and also work a summer season kayak guiding in the Marlborough Sounds.

After a year away, Nic is rejoining us and will no doubt share his experiences in New Zealand with us.

As a BCU/UKCC Level 2 coach with 4 star leader and whitewater rescue and safety awards, he enjoys coaching a wide variety of people – both seasoned paddlers and beginners. He is always looking to build up coaching experience, so willing students are always welcome!

As well as sea kayaking, Nic also enjoys whitewater and surf kayaking, as well as bodyboarding, cycling and walking.


Trudie German speaking walking guide in Jersey

Trudie, office manager and walking guide for Jersey Walk Adventures

At the age of 10 years Trudie saw the North Sea for the first time. Soon sea shells 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 free lance travel writer and editor. This led her to the Channel Islands in 2002 when she wrote the Channel islands guide book 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.


Gary Kemp

Director. BCU level 3 sea kayak coach with over 34 years experience.

Extensive sea kayaking experience in the Channel Islands and in France. He has kayaked in Pembrokeshire, Cyprus, S.E. Spain and Italy. Gary completed the first unsupported 30 mile paddle to the Roches Douvres Light House with John Richardson, via Les Minquiers Reef. He paddled the Devizes to Westminster 125 mile canoe marathon.

White Water kayaking expeditions to the French and Italian Alps, Pyrenees, and Tamur River in Nepal. His kayak surfing experience includes Morocco, Maldives, Portugal, France and Devon.

In 2001 Gary was a member of the Jersey Surf Kayak team, which won the world championship at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California.

Other interests include Snowboarding, Motorbike Track days and Enduro riding, mountain biking.

Director of Creepy Valley Activity Centre.

Gary has a wilderness first aid certificate. A WiSe accredited guide.

Essential information about British Canoe Union (BCU) coaching awards

Just because a kayak coach/guide has a BCU 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  grade 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 recognised qualifications.

We only employ local staff because they have more experience of our coastline and waters.

The BCU certifies kayak coaches/instructors through a grading scheme running from level 1 (basic) to level 5.

BCU level 1 coaches can only operate in very restricted areas. In Jersey this means within very sheltered bays. This is a very limited award.

BCU level 2 can only operate in a few areas unless they also hold BCU 4 star leader which allows them to lead trips from more spots around Jersey.

BCU coach levels 3, 4 and 5 require extensive training and experience and have a wider operating remit.

All kayak coaches must undertake regular updates in order to remain licensed to coach. This includes First aid and child protection training as well as attending coaching update courses.

All kayak coaches must be current members of the BCU to remain registered.

We support staff to gain additional qualifications and experience e.g First Aid updates, attending British Canoeing coaching conferences, Bronze badge and Wild life Safe (WiSe) guide training.

Safety training at Jersey Kayak Adventures

All staff hold valid and up to date First Aid awards, satisfactory Discloure and baring Service (DBS previously called Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check) and undergo Child Protection training as part of our staff induction training programme.

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