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++ Intense, demanding but extremely worthwhile training in the warm waters of Sardinia with Jeff Allen, the top coach from England! ++
++ The core module of the ISKGA leadership training, not only for guides and trainees but also suitable for all paddlers who want to play safely in dynamic water, rock gardens and surf ++
++ Incident Management means: Rescues with a system ++
++ Accommodation: Glamping with a view over the hills and the sea ++
++ Course language: English ++

COST: 1290 CHF
Excluding kayak-rent*, travel to and from the destination, accommodation and food.

*You can hire a kayak from us for 150 CHF.

Surcharge if fewer than 5 people attend: CHF 100


Six course-days

Start & end: Sant'Antioco, IT

*The 19.11. and 26.11. are self-organised travel days that are not part of our services.


Marine Wilderness First Responder plus Incident Management Week

CHF 2200

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    • Info
      This is the event of the year, if you want to be truly prepared for every conceivable emergency out on the water. Especially for this week, we'll be flying in top coach Jeff Allen from England! Not only is Jeff a national trainer for British Canoeing and president of the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA); he is also one of the most experienced expedition paddlers in the world and the leading expert in the area of Sea Kayak Incident Management (i.e. everything that has to do with dealing with emergencies and carrying out rescues on the water). His courses in Cornwall are almost always fully booked well in advance.

      This year we have invited Jeff exclusively for you to sunny Sardinia, where we will hold our second Moryak Incident Management Week.

      Our base camp for the entire week is the incredibly beautifully located and lovingly furnished and run Agristurismo Erbe Matte, in the hills above the sea on the southern tip of the island of Sant'Antioco – directly off the sunny southwest coast of Sardinia. As our rescue training will be quite demanding, we will enjoy the luxury that this very special camp provides us even more. We're sure, you'll love its futuristic-looking, fully equipped domes and its special atmosphere, watching the sun go down in the sea after an intense day on the water!

      Best of all, whilst the cheerless clouds of November will almost certainly be lowering over Switzerland and England, here in southern Sardinia, it will probably still be pleasantly warm and sunny. Even the water temperatures here are usually still around 20° C in November! Perfect conditions, in fact, for a week of excitement and learning, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the other delights that the area has to offer! Still, we don't want to mislead you: We're here to train, not to relax.
      This week is going to be challenging and intense. But believe us, it will be worth it. Our training is 100% investment in your safety and self-confidence. Because only if you know how to effectively help yourself or your fellow paddlers in the event of capsizing or an accident can you ensure safety on tours, surfing and rock hopping sessions.

      The course will be taught in English. Yuri will be happy to help with any translating, if it's needed.

      If you are interested, we recommend booking your place on this course as soon as possible, as we assume that it will quickly become fully booked.

      Make even more of your trip to Sardinia and book the IM week in combination with our Marine Wilderness First Responder course!

      By the way, our last paddling day of the week will be the first day of the three-day
      ISKGA Coastal Guide observation (= assessment). So this is where it gets really exciting! Not only our guide candidates but also you will now have the opportunity to apply what you have learned again under pressure - almost like in a real situation.

      And if you want, as a group member you can even stay with us for
      two days longer in Sardinia for free – because the ISKGA exam lasts three full days... Please contact us if you are interested!

      For this course, we want you to be already familiar with basic rescue techniques. The best way to learn them is in one of our
      Rescue Trainings.
    • Arrival
      Saturday (arrival)
      Independent travel to Sardinia. In the course of the afternoon or early evening we meet at Erbe Matte, which you can best reach by car pool or rental car from Cagliari.

      Please note that you have to reserve your space on Erbe Matte yourself.

      In the evening, we'll cook together, get to know each other and discuss the details of the coming week – particularly our plans for the next day. This will all depend on local conditions and the weather forecast, of course.
    • Day 1–6
      Day 1 to day 6
      From Sunday to Friday, we will go to different top spots in the area every day to paddle and practise rescuing. The west coast of Sant'Antioco is full of dramatic cliffs, rocks and caves. But there are also gorgeous, lonely coves and beaches to be found at certain intervals, which we will most likely have completely to ourselves at this time of the year.

      As far as rescuing is concerned, you should know that this course is partly about a variety of different methods, which will be practised in the context of different scenarios. On the other hand, and this is what distinguishes “incident management” from mere rescue manoeuvres, it's about developing a systematic approach which will help you to proceed in a calm and considered manner in the event of an emergency, without exposing yourself and your group to even greater danger.

      Of course, all of our scenarios are staged. Nobody will be in any real danger. And not only will this training be extremely useful – it'll also be great fun!
    • Travel back
      Saturday (departure)
      Time to go home! We hope that you will have really enjoyed your time here (in fact, this is pretty much a given), but we also hope that you will have become safer, more confident paddlers.
    • More Info
      Group size: Min. four participants, max. ten.

      If required, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary paddle and safety material, consisting of a paddle, buoyancy aid and spray deck as well as a neoprene long john, shoes, paddle jacket and a helmet. Please bring your own functional underwear (wool or tight-fitting fleece, NO cotton!) And swimwear with you.

      Boat rental: If you arrive without your own boat, you can rent one of our kayaks for 150 CHF for the duration of the course.

      If you like, you can also rent a drysuit from us. Cost: CHF 150

      The kitty:
      As always, on our Incident Management Week we will also set up a kitty for meals. In fact, there will actually be two: one for food (€100 contribution per person) and one for alcohol (depending on how much you consume, or your best guess at it). Nobody is obliged pay into the kitty, nor to eat together with us. But cooking and eating together after a strenuous day's paddling is just good fun, and not only does it help to strengthen our tired muscles; it also helps us to create a sense of community. Find more on this topic here.

      As you might expect, we can't make any guarantees in terms of weather or sea state. In order to ensure everyone's safety, our guide will decide how to carry out the planned programme locally on a daily basis, and whether to do so. As experienced sea kayakers, we know that Neptune always has the last word.

      Accident insurance is the responsibility of the participants. We also strongly recommend that you obtain travel cancellation insurance. Please read our
      GTC on the topic of cancellation fees, cancellation deadlines etc.
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    ++ Must be able to swim ++
    ++ 10 days of sea-based sea kayaking experience ++
    ++ You are confident sitting in a kayak and can do the basics ++
    ++ You are confident paddling at Beaufort force 3 and in waves of about 2 ft ++

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    How to get to our meeting point Agriturismo Erbe Matte, Sant'Antioco:

    • Rail & public transport

      ++ Take the train to Genoa (Genova P.Za Principe), walk 20 minutes from there or take a taxi to the ferry terminal ++
      ++ Take the ferry to Olbia ++
      ++ Hop on the bus to Cagliari (Bus No. 5502) ++
      ++ Continue from Cagliari Autostazione Arst by bus 802 to Sant'antioco Via Matteotti ++
      ++ From here, take a taxi to Erbe Matte ++

      ++ Alternatively: Train from CH to Civitavecchia on the Italian mainland ++
      ++ From there, take the ferry to Cagliari ++
      ++ Continue from Cagliari Autostazione Arst by bus 802 to Sant'antioco Via Matteotti ++
      ++ From here, take a taxi to Erbe Matte ++

    • Road

      ++ Carshare to Genoa, ferry terminal ++
      ++ Ferry to Olbia or Porto Torres ++
      ++ From your place of arrival, continue further south (from Porto Torres E25, from Olbia SS131dcn to E25), direction Oristano and Sanluri ++
      ++ At Sanluri turn onto SS293 to exit Iglesias, SS130, shortly afterwards at Domusnovas on SP 2 towards Carbonia ++
      ++ At Carbonia on the SS126 to Sant'Antioco. Straight upon entering the town, turn left into Via Carbonia ++
      ++ Turn left again into Via della Rinascita and stay on that road, past the Eurospin supermarket and keep going south ++
      ++ At Pozzo Cannai, shortly after the restaurant La Luna nel Pozzo turn left ++
      ++ A few meters afterwards turn right onto the gravel road to Erbe Matte ++

    • Aeroplane

      ++ Fly to Cagliari (e.g. with EasyJet from Basel or Geneva) ++
      ++ From here, rent a car or continue with bus No. 802 from Cagliari Autostazione Arst by to Sant'antioco Via Matteotti ++
      ++ From here, take a taxi to Erbe Matte ++

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