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. Now, Jeff and Yuri are very happy to be able to invite you all to their first joint MORYAK Incident Management week on the Côte d'Azur!
Our base camp throughout the week will be at the Santa Gusta campsite in La Ciotat, right on the beach. From here, we'll be going on day-trips to the most beautiful spots in the area; to the Calanques of Cassis and Marseille, the offshore islands, the dramatic Cap de l'Aigle, the beautiful Île Vert, or the fantastic rock garden between Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer and Bandol. Everything is within easy reach, some spots are just a few minutes away, others just under an hour, and we'll even be able to get to some great locations by kayak, straight from the campsite beach. So, very little driving around. This means there will always be plenty of time to stop for a coffee – for example in the marina of Bandol, or for a bouillabaisse in Marseille's port of Goudes.
And best of all, whilst the cheerless clouds of November will almost certainly be lowering over Switzerland and England, here in southern France, it will probably still be pleasantly warm and sunny. 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!
On top of all this, La Ciotat is also very easy to reach from Switzerland by public transport: from Bern, it only takes about six and a half hours by train.
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.