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Les Minquiers, Les Écréhous & Sark Kayak Tour Dates

June 29th, 2018

Dates of all our 2018 offshore kayak tours are now online. Travel across by charter boat to explore these fantastic offshore islands by kayak.

Les Écréhous; Sundays, July 29, August 5, 26.

Les Minquiers; Sunday, August 12.

Sark; Saturday, August 18.

 

 

Introduction to Kayaking 1 Day Course

June 12th, 2018

For anyone considering taking up kayaking or is unsure, if this activity is for them. Over 6 hours we’ll cover essential paddle techniques, safety and get top tips from some of the islands most experienced kayakers and the author of “Sit-on-top Kayak. A Beginner’s Manual”.

 £99 per adult. Reduced price, if you have all your own equipment and a kayak. All equipment is supplied along with a selection of sit-on-top/sit inside kayaks to help you discover which design is best for you.

Sunday 1 July 0900-1500

Saturday 7 July 0900-1500

Kayak Angling Skills & Safety Course 4 August

June 12th, 2018

This one day course covers essential kayak techniques for users of sit-on-top kayaks who plan to go kayak fishing or, are already kayak fishing and want to learn and practice key safety skills with our expert staff. All equipment is supplied. Kayak fishing safety training can include the use of rods, anchors and fishing gear so you can practice capsize and rescue skills with fishing gear on board.

Saturday 4 August 0930-1530. Book online

Wild Life Safe Trained Staff

April 26th, 2018

Wild life safe awarded to Jersey kayak adventuresAll our staff have now completed Wild Life Safe (WiSe) training. The course covers instruction on how to view and identify marine wildlife including dolphins, seals and seabirds – while at the same time minimising any disturbance that might be caused by interacting with them.

The course is designed for operators of passenger pleasure craft, wildlife charter boats, dive boats and charter yacht skippers who are likely to come into contact with marine wildlife as they are out on the sea on a regular basis.

Attendees receive instruction in how to handle their craft while in contact with these animals, how certain species may react to the presence of boats, and ways to ensure marine life has sufficient room to carry on with their lives unimpeded.

Wild Life Safe (WiSe) Trained Guides

April 26th, 2018

All our staff have now completed Wild Life Safe (WiSe) training. The course covers instruction on how to view and identify marine wildlife including dolphins, seals and seabirds – while at the same time minimising any disturbance that might be caused by interacting with them.

Intermediate Kayaking Course

April 26th, 2018

Our next intermediate kayaking course (5 classes) starts on Saturday 28 April 0930-1200.

Details.

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Guide Courses

March 19th, 2018

Sea Kayak Guide Endorsement Success for Jersey Kayak Adventures

Sea kayak Guide & Trainer Derek Hairon

Adventure Tourism is rapidly evolving as visitors seek experiences which connect with the environment, history and culture of the area. Increasingly, a tourism product is what you buy; an experience is what you remember.

To meet these changes, Derek Hairon at Jersey Kayak Adventures has added to his extensive portfolio of sea kayak awards and experience to become the first Nationally endorsed British Canoeing guide in Jersey.

Any kayaker can access guide modules as stand-alone units, and you do not need to have a coach or leadership award.

Guide modules are an excellent way for paddlers to develop their knowledge and experience.

The guide endorsement supports and recognises the additional skills required when fulfilling a guiding role on sea kayak tours and expeditions worldwide.

To become a British Canoeing endorsed kayak guide candidates undergo training in 3 key areas. Currently, you must complete a minimum of three modules.

Select from;

Camp Craft and Expedition Skills

Environment and Sustainability

Leadership, Customer Experience

Trip Planning and Organisation

Plus, have a paddle-sport leadership qualification (e.g. sea kayak leader) and submit a detailed portfolio of their guiding experience.

Derek’s experience and qualifications allow Jersey Kayak Adventures to market training courses for local and overseas sea kayakers to become British Canoeing endorsed kayak guides.

Along with Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment courses we can now offer paddlers the opportunity to complete the following one day British Canoeing Guide endorsement modules.

Camp-craft and expedition skills

Trip Planning and organisation

Customer experience

Contact us for Sea Kayak Guide training courses and British Canoeing guide modules.

Stranded in the Arctic, 600 km by kayak and then catastrophe

March 1st, 2018

Our adventure talk series commences with a story of adventure, survival and a remarkable rescue. The crossing of Melville Bay with its 300 km long coastline of glaciers in north-west Greenland was the goal for Michael Kujawa and Markus Ziebell.

However, on a small uninhabited island, they lost the kayaks and most of their equipment. Join Marcus to hear about their trip and a remarkable rescue by the local Inuit people.

CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS OF SPEAKER

Book online.

Stranded in the Arctic, 600 km by kayak and then catastrophe

March 1st, 2018

Our adventure talk series commences with a story of adventure, survival and a remarkable rescue.

The crossing of Melville Bay with its 300 km long coastline of glaciers in north-west Greenland was the goal for Michael Kujawa and Markus Ziebell.

However, on a small uninhabited island, they lost the kayaks and most of their equipment.

With no way to contact the outside world and no food their trip of a lifetime quickly escalated into the challenge to survive.

Join Marcus to hear about their trip and a remarkable rescue by the local Inuit people.

Advanced booking is advised so we can ensure there enough seating. Reservations

REGRET this event is CANCELED due to the illness of the speakers partner.

 

 

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Sea Kayak Visibility at Sea

December 20th, 2017

It’s easy to spend a lot of cash on equipment to help you to be spotted more easily. With a bit of prior planning and flexibility many options can be cost effective, if implemented when buying or replacing kit.

Colour

This is one of the easiest to adopt especially when buying new kayaks and kit. If you want to know which colour is likely to be best on the sea, have a look at the colours used by search and rescue lifeboats and crew.

In 2008 Rob Mosely carried out a surf ski rescue exercise in South Africa in “realistic conditions” (5-30 kts of wind and 1-2 m breaking waves) using both a helicopter and lifeboats. From the air the red kayak was always spotted first. The white kayak was also seen but the aircrew reported it was harder to see amongst breaking waves. To sum this up: the kayaks were easier to spot, the paddlers themselves less so.

Bright colour schemes that contrast with the sea and backdrop give the most visibility. Adding day glow or reflective (SOLAS) tape increases visibility.

If you already own a dark coloured kayak, vinyl graphics are worth considering and are available for sea kayakers http://www.artandsea.co.uk. Designs can be produced in a range of colours and even to your own specifications. This option is also worth considering, if you want a custom colour scheme when buying a new kayak.

Spot the kayaks. Green may be good for smuggling but it is hard to see.

Be bright

At sea level you are the highest point on the kayak, so if you wear bright colours, you increase your chances of being seen by your group and others.

There has been some research on the most effective colours to be seen on the sea but as a rough guide the brighter the better and you can get a good idea by looking at the kit rescue services use.

Remember, if you end up in the water, most of your PFD is likely to be submerged so the arms of your paddle jacket may be the only bits visible. Many paddle jackets can also be bought with reflective tape which is very effective in poor light.

The 2008 South African test found a paddler wearing bright clothing was easier to spot from the lifeboat.

A brightly coloured cap, hood or helmet is very effective and will help maintain group control in rougher water when most of the kayak and paddler may be hidden by waves.

Brightly coloured paddle blades can be very useful and often people may notice the paddle flash as light reflects off the paddle blade.

Radar reflectors on sea kayaks

Radar reflector on a sea kayak

Maine Sea Grant Extension College conducted extensive tests in the use of radar reflectors with sea kayaks to aid visibility with some surprising results. The report is well worth reading, if you are considering using a reflector .

Key findings:

The higher the reflector the better.

A stronger return signal was obtained when the kayak was side on or in a group.

Around 1/4 mile range kayaks consistently showed up on radar, regardless of whether there was a reflector in use or not.

1 mile from the radar platform the sea kayaks were not visible on radar, whether or not they had reflectors.

If paddling in areas where there are motorised craft, high speed ferries, large motor cruisers and rigid inflatable boats may be travelling at up to 44 knots. At 1 mile range they have less than 1½minutes to spot you on the radar screen and react. The South African tests also found that from the bridge of a high speed rescue boat – heading into the wind and swell – the spray and movement of the boat made spotting the kayaks difficult.

In 2011 a high speed ferry travelling at 35 kts in fog ran down Les Marquises, a 9.5 m lobster fishing boat. The radar blip was visible but the boat was not spotted by the crew of the ferry. Between the first appearance on the radar and collision there was just 1 minute 41 seconds to react. <The English report can be read here. If the radar is not watched, the quality of the radar signal produced by a sea kayak is irrelevant.

When kayaking in shipping lanes or places away from the coast or where other craft may not expect to find sea kayakers, assume you are invisible unless you tell other craft/coastguard you are in the area. It is also worth monitoring Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) when near commercial ports. Engine sounds can easily be missed depending on the wind and sea conditions. Keep your VHF switched on and keep it in a place that allows immediate access.

Foil blankets

If you need to increase radar visibility, e.g. in shipping lanes or in an emergency, the Maine research found an improvised radar reflector hat made out of space blanket style foil worked very well. Dutch paddlers also report foil space blankets wrapped around a paddler will produce a stronger return signal.

Foil blankets are reported to be very effective as a means of reflecting sunlight e.g. as a helicopter approaches.

Signal mirrors

CD’s may be a cheap way of reflecting light but they de-laminate and are less effective compared to signal mirrors made of glass or lexan. Even on cloudy days signal mirrors will produce a flash and some writers report they will work with a bright full moon. In some countries they are a required item of safety kit.

Read the instruction manual and practice using the mirror to get the best results.

Invisibility is not an asset

For both group control and safety it is important to consider how easy it is for others to see our small craft. Unless you are engaged in smuggling, invisibility is not an asset, especially if things start to go wrong and the group becomes separated.

Whatever options you select no single solution will cover all situations.

Consider the area you are sea kayaking in and also the type of trip and your group.

While the ability to be seen is a vital consideration, some form of communication remains an essential component on any trip.

Sign up for our courses

You’ll learn lots on our sea kayak courses and have an opportunity to test out some of the tips in this article.

Derek Hairon.

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