JERSEY: TIDES & ROCKS CAMP


FACTS

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++++ One of our most popular courses – feels like (and is indeed…) a real holiday ++
++ Day trips with loads of technical, playful paddling ++
++ Tides, tide races, rocks, surf ++
++ Accommodation at the legendary Bakehouse Cottage ++
++ More sun than you'd think! ++
++ COMPULSORY: A burger at the "Hungry Man"! ++

COST: 1290 CHF
Excluding travel to and from the destination, accommodation and food. Surcharge if fewer than 5 people attend: CHF 100

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE FOR BOTH JERSEY WEEKS TOGETHER: CHF 2200

LEVEL: RED
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08.–15.05.2021

DETAILS

    • Day 1
      Day 1 (arrival)
      Independent travel to Jersey. Once you've found your way to our super-cosy cottage in St Clement, you can focus on enjoying yourself and together we'll ease ourselves into getting everything ready: setting up boats and equipment, buying supplies, cooking, drinking ale and getting to know everyone... and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of our cottage, of course! That'll probably do for today...
    • Day 2–7
      Day 2 to day 7
      Jersey, the largest of the British Channel Islands, and just off the coast of France, has everything that a sea kayaker could possibly want: enormous surfing beaches with Atlantic breakers, craggy coastal cliffs and rocks, turquoise waters with a moderate temperature year-round and, last but not least, enormous tidal ranges with fantastic tide races, guaranteeing some very serious fun and challenges. In short, Jersey provides fantastic conditions for paddling, from easy to very challenging, and it's possible to learn a great deal here over a very short period, and to have great fun doing so. For our week of paddling, we plan five day-tours, each of which will be actual conditions when we are out there. If the weather and the tides are right, we'll be able to do the 10 km (5.5 nm) crossing to the lonely fisherman's island of “Les Écréhous” too. This is a spot where we have particularly good chances of encountering seals and dolphins.

      Of course, the verdant island paradise of Jersey has plenty to offer besides kayaking: A unique mixture of English style and French influence, palm trees in front of almost every house, freshly-drawn ale in the pub, excellent seafood in the restaurants in the marina, a juicy burger at the “Hungry Man” food stand in the picturesque bay of Rozel... Another must is the “seabed walk”: On one of the days during this week, we won't paddle around the sea in our kayaks – instead, we'll explore the seabed in our wellies. Trudy, our professional seabed guide, will take us on an unforgettable walk across the enormous area which emerges around Seymour Tower, on the southern coast of the island, at low tide. Not only will we learn everything about seagrass, oysters and the astonishing forms of life which thrive in this unique ecosystem – we'll also be able to marvel at the rock gardens that we will just have been paddling through, but this time from several metres further down!
    • Day 8
      Day 8 (departure)
      For all those of you who are just taking part in Week 1, it will now be time to go back home again. For those of you who have booked “Big Tide Week” (Week 2), today will provide you with a pleasant opportunity for rest... You're going to need it, because Big Tide Week is going to be pretty exciting!
    • Specials
      On Jersey, you have the option of doing the following British Canoeing (formerly “BCU”) courses and awards in addition to our “standard” programme:

      Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
      This one-day course is THE foundation for all of your sea kayaking adventures. Whether you spend most of your time on the Mediterranean, the Baltic, of in tidal waters, this is where you will learn all of the basic theory that you'll need in order to plan and carry out tours of your own. This course is a requirement for anyone who wants to train to become a BC Sea Kayak Leader (see below). Cost: £119 plus (optionally) £20 for the attendance certificate (UK residents: £10).

      Sea Kayak Award (formerly “BCU 3-Star”)
      If you would like to, you can do the Sea Kayak Award as part of our week of paddling. If you choose this option, you will be more carefully “observed” during the week out on the water and you will have to demonstrate certain skills from time to time. At the end, there will just be a small extra charge for the certificate, which you will be sent by BC.

      Sea Kayak Leader (formerly “BCU 4-Star”)
      Internationally, the
      BC Sea Kayak Leader is the most widespread and best-known licence for working as a guide there is, whether you seek to do such work professionally or in a club context. If you are interested in this training course, contact us and we can talk over the details.
    • More info
      Group size: Min. four participants, max. eight.

      The price includes
      boats, paddles, life jackets, spray decks and, if required, neoprene long johns, shoes, paddling jackets and helmets. Also, make sure you bring your own functional underwear (wool or snug-fitting fleece, NOT cotton!) and swimming costume.

      If you like, you can also rent a drysuit from us. Cost: CHF 120

      The kitty:
      As always, on Jersey 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 to 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.

      Weather:
      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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    Special package Jersey Tides & Rocks Camp und Big Tide Week:
    You can also book a double dose of kayaking by booking the Tides & Rocks Camp together with Big Tide Week, which always takes place the week after.
    Unsure whether your experience and skills are good enough for you to join us for Big Tide Week? Then we'll make sure we bring you up to speed in the first week! When booking the special package, the participation requirements are the same as those for the Tides and Rocks Camp.

    PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

    ++ Must be able to swim ++
    ++ 5 days of sea kayaking experience on the sea (unless you are a whitewater kayaker who fancies trying something new) ++
    ++ 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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    2021 FULLY BOOKED


    How to get to Jersey:

    • Rail

      ++ Take the train via Paris, Rennes and St-Malo ++
      ++ From there, catch the ferry to St Helier ++
      ++ From the port of St Helier, it's a short walk to Liberation Bus Station where you should then catch the
      1a bus, getting off at the St Clement Church stop. ++
      ++ Bakehouse Cottage, on St Clement Farm, is a minute's walk away ++

      If you wish, we can transport your kayak to Jersey on our trailer (additional charge: 150 CHF)

    • Road

      ++ Car: carshare from Switzerland via St-Malo ++ From there, get the Condor Ferries car ferry to St Helier ++
      ++ Drive eastward from St Helier (Gorey), and then drive along Green Road (A5) to St Clement ++
      ++ Turn right into St Clement Farm and park near our trailer ++

      If you wish, we can transport your kayak to Jersey on our trailer (additional charge: 150 CHF)

    • Aeroplane

      ++ Flights from London Gatwick (EasyJet, British Airways) ++
      ++ Direct flights from Zurich with Blue Island ++

      ++ At the airport, catch the bus to Liberation Bus Station, then catch the
      1a bus, getting off at the St Clement Church stop. ++
      ++ Bakehouse Cottage, on St Clement Farm, is a minute's walk away ++

      If you wish, we can transport your kayak to Jersey on our trailer (additional charge: 150 CHF)

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