ABOUT MORYAK

WE ARE MORYAK

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YURI

Yuri, Advanced (5*) Sea Kayak Leader und ISKGA Coastal Guide, is the founder and owner of MORYAK.
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A sea kayaking company based in landlocked little Switzerland...

Does that sound a bit strange? Well, maybe it is.

But, for us, it would be even stranger not to be living our dream. We are a colourful bunch of people who are driven by an unquenchable thirst for adventure and freedom, and who will never quite fit into the increasingly narrow constraints of an ever more tightly-regulated world – we’re international and borderless, just like the sea. Creative, nomadic and wild – but caring and in solidarity with others. And that’s how we’re going to stay. Even in these times when it seems like it’s constantly getting more difficult for us to do so. We are here to make a difference. For us, this means:
But, for us, it would be even stranger not to be living our dream. We are a colourful bunch of people who are driven by an unquenchable thirst for adventure and freedom, and who will never quite fit into the increasingly narrow constraints of an ever more tightly-regulated world – we’re international and borderless, just like the sea. Creative, nomadic and wild – but caring and in solidarity with others. And that’s how we’re going to stay. Even in these times when it seems like it’s constantly getting more difficult for us to do so. We are here to make a difference. For us, this means:

++ Amazing sea kayak adventures ++
++ The highest levels of quality. No bog standard tourism ++
++ More sustainability, more fair trade, more climate justice ++
++ Respect and tolerance – no macho atmosphere ++
++ Fair prices, fair wages ++

 

THE MORYAK-MANIFESTO

OUR PROMISE

MORYAK represents the highest possible levels of professionalism and safety in kayaking. However, we also know that when it comes to outdoor activities, it is impossible to give any absolute guarantees. This is of course one of the things that makes adventures so appealing, particularly in a world where the space available for such things is constantly shrinking. Nevertheless, in all of our activities, from their initial development to their implementation out on the water, nothing is left to chance. Without exception, we adhere to a dynamic safety concept, which defines specific parameters for every tour and course level. In this context, “dynamic” means that during the planning, preparation and implementation phases of a programme, the conditions for carrying out the programme are constantly reevaluated, in order to assess whether changes need to be made. In marine waters, where massive changes in conditions can occur very quickly, this is essential.

If, however, an incident does take place, our guides are extremely well prepared. At MORYAK, all leaders of tours and courses not only have a range of training as guides and coaches (British Canoeing) and as instructors (ACA), but are also trained in “Wilderness First Aid” – an intensive training programme for outdoor guides which goes well beyond the level of a standard first aid course.


The approach to safety which we have developed is in accordance with the most up-to-date and demanding international standards and is certified by the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) which since February 2021 we officially represent in Switzerland as a NATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE.
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WHAT WE STAND IN FOR

There are a few things which are particularly important to us, and which we would like to clarify at this point. You could call it our “company philosophy”. Or you could just see it as what we – the people, the individuals behind MORYAK – stand for. Click on the pictures below to read them:

TOGETHERNESS AND TOLERANCE, NOT EXCLUSION

THE MORYAK-MANIFESTO

OUR PROMISE

MORYAK represents the highest possible levels of professionalism and safety in kayaking. However, we also know that when it comes to outdoor activities, it is impossible to give any absolute guarantees. This is of course one of the things that makes adventures so appealing, particularly in a world where the space available for such things is constantly shrinking. Nevertheless, in all of our activities, from their initial development to their implementation out on the water, nothing is left to chance. Without exception, we adhere to a dynamic safety concept, which defines specific parameters for every tour and course level. In this context, “dynamic” means that during the planning, preparation and implementation phases of a programme, the conditions for carrying out the programme are constantly reevaluated, in order to assess whether changes need to be made. In marine waters, where massive changes in conditions can occur very quickly, this is essential.

If, however, an incident does take place, our guides are extremely well prepared. At MORYAK, all leaders of tours and courses not only have a range of training as guides and coaches (British Canoeing) and as instructors (ACA), but are also trained in “Wilderness First Aid” – an intensive training programme for outdoor guides which goes well beyond the level of a standard first aid course.


The approach to safety which we have developed is in accordance with the most up-to-date and demanding international standards and is certified by the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) which since February 2021 we officially represent in Switzerland as a NATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE.
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WHAT WE STAND IN FOR

There are a few things which are particularly important to us, and which we would like to clarify at this point. You could call it our “company philosophy”. Or you could just see it as what we – the people, the individuals behind MORYAK – stand for. Click on the pictures below to read them:

TOGETHERNESS AND TOLERANCE, NOT EXCLUSION

  • We see each other as equals
    We see each other as equals. Our tours are aimed at people like ourselves, people with passion and a lust for adventure who seek to encounter one-another as equals. When we are out and about together, we are a collective: it's all about solidarity and companionship. Everyone helps everyone else.
  • No macho rubbish
    It is important to us that all participants feel equally comfortable and at home with us, whatever their sex, sexual orientation, origin, skin colour, appearance or other characteristics, and we do everything we can to ensure that this is the case. For this reason, we welcome all those who accept our basic rules for getting on with each other: tolerance, not exclusion, no macho behaviour, no jokes at the expense of others, no egotism.
  • We reach our goals together
    We are all developing together, and everyone has their own speed. Everyone has something to contribute. Both out on the water and on dry land.
  • We see each other as equals
    We see each other as equals. Our tours are aimed at people like ourselves, people with passion and a lust for adventure who seek to encounter one-another as equals. When we are out and about together, we are a collective: it's all about solidarity and companionship. Everyone helps everyone else.
  • No macho rubbish
    It is important to us that all participants feel equally comfortable and at home with us, whatever their sex, sexual orientation, origin, skin colour, appearance or other characteristics, and we do everything we can to ensure that this is the case. For this reason, we welcome all those who accept our basic rules for getting on with each other: tolerance, not exclusion, no macho behaviour, no jokes at the expense of others, no egotism.
  • We reach our goals together
    We are all developing together, and everyone has their own speed. Everyone has something to contribute. Both out on the water and on dry land.

QUALITY, NOT BARGAIN-BASEMENT

  • Fair prices, fair payment
    Being a kayak guide is one of the most beautiful jobs there is. Unfortunately, our own experience has also shown us how difficult it can be to live by working in the outdoor business. Our guides are well-trained specialists who love their jobs, who have invested a great deal of time, energy and money in their education, and who take on a great deal of responsibility every day. They are not cheap wage-slaves, and it is not their job to be all-round service providers for everything and everyone 24 hours a day.

    In order to be able to pay our guides wages which they can live from, rather than just survive on, we can't afford to be cheap. When life becomes a race to the bottom, there can only be losers.
  • Fairtrade principles in tourism
    MORYAK Premium Sea Kayaking offers the highest possible quality: sustainable, unforgettable, professionally organised and carefully managed in every detail. We offer this to team-spirited groups of individuals. No mass tourism, no bargain-basement pricing. Wherever possible, we work together with local people and companies in the places where we carry out our activities. We pay them fairly, and they are always keen to work with us again.

    This is something which you as a customer will also profit from.
  • Fair prices, fair payment
    Being a kayak guide is one of the most beautiful jobs there is. Unfortunately, our own experience has also shown us how difficult it can be to live by working in the outdoor business. Our guides are well-trained specialists who love their jobs, who have invested a great deal of time, energy and money in their education, and who take on a great deal of responsibility every day. They are not cheap wage-slaves, and it is not their job to be all-round service providers for everything and everyone 24 hours a day.

    In order to be able to pay our guides wages which they can live from, rather than just survive on, we can't afford to be cheap. When life becomes a race to the bottom, there can only be losers.
  • Fairtrade principles in tourism
    MORYAK Premium Sea Kayaking offers the highest possible quality: sustainable, unforgettable, professionally organised and carefully managed in every detail. We offer this to team-spirited groups of individuals. No mass tourism, no bargain-basement pricing. Wherever possible, we work together with local people and companies in the places where we carry out our activities. We pay them fairly, and they are always keen to work with us again.

    This is something which you as a customer will also profit from.
 

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY: OUR AIMS FOR 2021

No greenwashing, no PR rubbish:

OUR PATH TO GREATER SUSTAINABILITY

When we first brought MORYAK into being in February 2020, we took it upon ourselves to do a few things differently. Especially as far as sustainability and ecology are concerned. However, we’d hardly even got going when Corona arrived – and our concerns were suddenly quite different. But now a year has passed, and it’s about time we dealt with those things that matter to us too much for us to simply forget about them. For 2021, the topic of sustainability is back in top position on our to-do list again.
When we first brought MORYAK into being in February 2020, we took it upon ourselves to do a few things differently. Especially as far as sustainability and ecology are concerned. However, we’d hardly even got going when Corona arrived – and our concerns were suddenly quite different. But now a year has passed, and it’s about time we dealt with those things that matter to us too much for us to simply forget about them. For 2021, the topic of sustainability is back in top position on our to-do list again.

An overview of our aims:

++ A significant reduction in our CO2 emissions. ++
++ Shop with greater awareness. Eat at least as well as before. Eat measurably less meat and more organic food. Reduce our ecological footprint. ++
++ Plan meals better – move towards zero food waste ++
++ Not just to separate waste – far better to avoid producing it in the first place. On tour too. ++

Here’s what we’re doing to achieve these aims:

  • Reduction of our carbon footprint:
    A new van:
    For those of us who travel with kayaks and all manner of luggage, there’s no choice – we need a van. Even now, it is still impossible to avoid the use of fossil fuels and the resulting negative consequences for the global climate. This fact is something which we simply have to acknowledge. For us, moving over to using an electric van has not been an option – and not just for financial reasons. For the trips we do, we need to be able to drive 1,000km or more per day, and we have a trailer to tow too. In addition, we often end up travelling in remote areas – places where we consider ourselves lucky if we manage to come across a standard petrol station. How could we drive an electric vehicle in areas like that? And even if it were somehow possible – what would the actual source be for all that electricity we’d end up using?

    No lazy excuses. These considerations don’t mean that we’re happy to resign ourselves to the status quo, burning our way through barrel after barrel of diesel fuel. This is why, despite the crisis and the accompanying economic uncertainty, we have decided to buy a new van. As we shopped around for the new van we were especially careful to look for vehicles which had the lowest fuel consumption and the best emissions standard. So, the old banger’s gone. According to the manufacturer, our new Vivaro (2019 model) uses 4.9–5.3 litres (unloaded), meets the 6D-TEMP emissions standard, and emits 130–136g CO2 per 100 km – which is the lowest value in this class at the moment and is the equivalent of the Swiss A energy label (a smaller vehicle is not an option, as we need to carry equipment and pull a heavy trailer). An enormous investment for us – but in the name of something which is close to our hearts and long overdue.

    Intelligent planning = shorter distances, lower fuel consumption:
    Technology alone is not enough to save humanity. Our behaviour is the most important factor! Which means simply getting hold of a new vehicle does not allow us to simply rest on our laurels, confident that we’ve done everything we can. Saving our planet from climatic catastrophe means we need to rethink and adapt our routines and behaviours. One good example in our case is – how can we shorten the routes we take?

    Both economically and ecologically, it really makes no sense at all to be travelling to the sea and back every month. So we’re going to stop doing it. As you can see on our “Trips & Expeditions” overview page, we have now planned the tours so that nearly all of them form natural sequences. This means that instead of following the traditional travel sequence of “Switzerland–A–Switzerland, Switzerland–B–Switzerland, Switzerland–C–Switzerland” (etc.), we’ll travel from A to B to C (and sometimes even to D), whenever possible, one after the other, without returning to Switzerland each time. These long road trips are something of a logistical challenge: we need to plan our work so that we have a permanently mobile office whilst also making sure that we get all our bills whilst we are on the road – but it can be done. We’ll test it out this season, and we assume that this way we’ll manage to reduce our CO2 emissions by another 30–40% – as well as saving on tolls and fuel costs.

    Examples: Our 2021 road trips
    ++ Incident Management Training Côte d’Azur -> Season Starter Calanques -> Rocks & Hops Camp Corsica -> Ciao Mare Camp Elba ++
    ++ Jersey Tides & Rocks Camp -> Jersey Big Tide Week -> Estonia -> Helsinki-Turku -> Jersey Sea Kayak Development Week -> Jersey Advanced Sea Kayak Trail ++
    ++ Total Surf Buzz Week Cap Ferret -> Expedition Skills Week Île de Bréhat ++
    ++ Bulgaria Black Sea Coast -> Relax Camp Thasos -> Albania, Cape Karaburun -> Croatia: Kornati & Dugi Otok ++
  • Shop with greater awareness and eat at least as well as before!
    We all know that our behaviour as consumers has a massive influence over the future of the Earth. Our trips are not package tours, and so meals are not part of the service we provide, but we are still determined to do things in a more ecologically sensitive way:

    Fair, local, seasonal and organic – but how?
    It's easier said than done. Back home, we’ve been doing it for ages – whenever possible. On our trips, however, the situation is often quite different. It’s just very difficult to find what we need in new locations – add to that the fact that we have to squeeze such shopping trips in between the end of a day’s paddling and our return to the campsite, when time is already in pretty short supply... There just is no easy, catch-all solution. But we can certainly improve things by getting better at planning. This means that we’ll be preparing a meal and shopping plan before each of our kayaking weeks. This will save us time, make everything more relaxed, and help us to avoid unnecessary driving. This is how we’ve always done it on our camping tours anyway. On static camps, however, this has always been more of an exception. Instead, we usually wonder “So... what shall we eat?” and then set off on a trip to buy supplies. Thus ending up having what you might call a moderately sustainable shopping experience.

    Therefore, we have now set up a planning matrix which has all our favourite food in it. This thing can generate a finished shopping list for a week’s worth of supplies just like that. This will save us time and spare our nerves – we have better things to do than wander around supermarkets looking for onions.

    Eat less meat
    It has been shown that our enormous consumption of meat is a very big problem for the planet. This is another thing which pretty much everyone understands at this point. We just eat far too much meat, and we’re overexploiting both the animals and nature as a whole. Everyone also knows that meat has a massive CO2 footprint, if it’s not farmed the right way. Perhaps this isn’t the right place to dive into a discussion about veganism. But the fact is, in our team, most of us do eat meat – even if we do so as “flexitarians”, which means that we do what we can to avoid eating meat, instead just having it on the odd occasion, or when we’re invited somewhere. This is now precisely the kind of thing we want to do on our trips in future. So from now on, we’ll be trying to cook vegetarian/vegan meals at least five times a week. On those two other days we’ll do everything we can to avoid eating meat which comes from dubious sources. As far as factory farmed meat is concerned, if possible, we want to avoid it altogether. Don’t worry, those of you who know our executive chefs will know that this will most certainly not mean that anyone will be missing out, and that our trips and camps will be as much of a culinary delight as ever.

    ATTENTION: Our Mongolia tour is strictly excluded from this! In Mongolia, people live sustainably and healthily from their herds – which means from meat and dairy products. This barren steppe country and its culture could not survive without its extensive and organic animal husbandry. The animals are respected, young animals are never slaughtered. In addition, we cannot imagine a happier and more natural life for a herd animal than in the vast steppes of Mongolia. Of course, we will continue to eat and enjoy here according to the country's culture!

    So, in order to be able to measure us by our deeds, rather than just our words, we’ll be keeping a "foodlog" this season, keeping a record of what we cook over the course of our travels.
  • Avoid waste
    Less food waste
    To be fair, we’re not too bad at this at all. But we still think that we still ended up throwing away too much food last season. Better planning should mean that we’re able to achieve this aim as well. Our new vehicle will have a big, professional cool box, which should help us to reach this aim. With your help, we’ll achieve whatever remains to be done by being a bit cleverer. This is something which will be difficult to measure – but we’ll give it a go!

    Avoiding waste packaging
    This falls into just the same category. In order to come closer to our ultimate aim of not buying anything that comes wrapped in plastic, this is what we have decided for 2021: from now on, we’ll buy rice, pasta, and anything else which keeps, in bulk (ideally unpackaged, or packaged in paper) and take it with us on our travels. This is one reliable way of producing a great deal less rubbish. The additional CO2 for those extra few kilos that we’ll be driving around won’t be very significant, given the weight of all the other equipment that we’ll have with us.

    No more plastic bottles. From now on, we’ll be reminding everyone to bring their own water bottles. Where the tapwater is fine, we’ll be using that. Wherever it isn’t, or in those cases where it tastes too much like the children’s end of the swimming pool, we’ll buy big 5l bottles which everyone can fill their water bottles from.

    Separating rubbish on the move
    This is another of those things which sounds like straightforward standard practice. Despite our best efforts at reducing the amount of rubbish we produce, there’ll still be some, and this should be separated and recycled to the extent that this is possible. However, those who have spent time in lots of different countries will know that doing this whilst travelling is often much, much more difficult than it is at home. Everywhere you go, they do it differently. Sometimes these things can be chucked together, other times they need to be separated. We’ve always done our best, as it always winds us up when we see plastic and organic waste in the same bin. But there have also been plenty of occasions when we’ve been so confused or irritated that we’ve just given up. This is not good enough. We’ve had to give ourselves a mark of “extremely unsatisfactory” in this particular subject.
    So, from now on (and at least on those of our trips which involve a base camp), we’ll have our own set of bins with us, clearly marked, and 100% compatible with the local system, whatever that happens to be.

    In countries where we know that recycling is not done at all, or where it is done badly, we’ll be even more careful to avoid producing rubbish. As far as we do end up producing recyclable rubbish in these places, we’ll take it back home with us. Scout’s honour. This puts us under even greater pressure to be careful about the packaging when buying supplies.
  • We would be very happy to hear any ideas you might have!
    We’re not perfect. But we are always trying to be better.
    So, we’re always happy to hear your feedback, criticism, and ideas. With your help, we want to become a more sustainable company!
  • Reduction of our carbon footprint:
    A new van:
    For those of us who travel with kayaks and all manner of luggage, there’s no choice – we need a van. Even now, it is still impossible to avoid the use of fossil fuels and the resulting negative consequences for the global climate. This fact is something which we simply have to acknowledge. For us, moving over to using an electric van has not been an option – and not just for financial reasons. For the trips we do, we need to be able to drive 1,000km or more per day, and we have a trailer to tow too. In addition, we often end up travelling in remote areas – places where we consider ourselves lucky if we manage to come across a standard petrol station. How could we drive an electric vehicle in areas like that? And even if it were somehow possible – what would the actual source be for all that electricity we’d end up using?

    No lazy excuses. These considerations don’t mean that we’re happy to resign ourselves to the status quo, burning our way through barrel after barrel of diesel fuel. This is why, despite the crisis and the accompanying economic uncertainty, we have decided to buy a new van. As we shopped around for the new van we were especially careful to look for vehicles which had the lowest fuel consumption and the best emissions standard. So, the old banger’s gone. According to the manufacturer, our new Vivaro (2019 model) uses 4.9–5.3 litres (unloaded), meets the 6D-TEMP emissions standard, and emits 130–136g CO2 per 100 km – which is the lowest value in this class at the moment and is the equivalent of the Swiss A energy label (a smaller vehicle is not an option, as we need to carry equipment and pull a heavy trailer). An enormous investment for us – but in the name of something which is close to our hearts and long overdue.

    Intelligent planning = shorter distances, lower fuel consumption:
    Technology alone is not enough to save humanity. Our behaviour is the most important factor! Which means simply getting hold of a new vehicle does not allow us to simply rest on our laurels, confident that we’ve done everything we can. Saving our planet from climatic catastrophe means we need to rethink and adapt our routines and behaviours. One good example in our case is – how can we shorten the routes we take?

    Both economically and ecologically, it really makes no sense at all to be travelling to the sea and back every month. So we’re going to stop doing it. As you can see on our “Trips & Expeditions” overview page, we have now planned the tours so that nearly all of them form natural sequences. This means that instead of following the traditional travel sequence of “Switzerland–A–Switzerland, Switzerland–B–Switzerland, Switzerland–C–Switzerland” (etc.), we’ll travel from A to B to C (and sometimes even to D), whenever possible, one after the other, without returning to Switzerland each time. These long road trips are something of a logistical challenge: we need to plan our work so that we have a permanently mobile office whilst also making sure that we get all our bills whilst we are on the road – but it can be done. We’ll test it out this season, and we assume that this way we’ll manage to reduce our CO2 emissions by another 30–40% – as well as saving on tolls and fuel costs.

    Examples: Our 2021 road trips
    ++ Incident Management Training Côte d’Azur -> Season Starter Calanques -> Rocks & Hops Camp Corsica -> Ciao Mare Camp Elba ++
    ++ Jersey Tides & Rocks Camp -> Jersey Big Tide Week -> Estonia -> Helsinki-Turku -> Jersey Sea Kayak Development Week -> Jersey Advanced Sea Kayak Trail ++
    ++ Total Surf Buzz Week Cap Ferret -> Expedition Skills Week Île de Bréhat ++
    ++ Bulgaria Black Sea Coast -> Relax Camp Thasos -> Albania, Cape Karaburun -> Croatia: Kornati & Dugi Otok ++
  • Shop with greater awareness and eat at least as well as before!
    We all know that our behaviour as consumers has a massive influence over the future of the Earth. Our trips are not package tours, and so meals are not part of the service we provide, but we are still determined to do things in a more ecologically sensitive way:

    Fair, local, seasonal and organic – but how?
    It's easier said than done. Back home, we’ve been doing it for ages – whenever possible. On our trips, however, the situation is often quite different. It’s just very difficult to find what we need in new locations – add to that the fact that we have to squeeze such shopping trips in between the end of a day’s paddling and our return to the campsite, when time is already in pretty short supply... There just is no easy, catch-all solution. But we can certainly improve things by getting better at planning. This means that we’ll be preparing a meal and shopping plan before each of our kayaking weeks. This will save us time, make everything more relaxed, and help us to avoid unnecessary driving. This is how we’ve always done it on our camping tours anyway. On static camps, however, this has always been more of an exception. Instead, we usually wonder “So... what shall we eat?” and then set off on a trip to buy supplies. Thus ending up having what you might call a moderately sustainable shopping experience.

    Therefore, we have now set up a planning matrix which has all our favourite food in it. This thing can generate a finished shopping list for a week’s worth of supplies just like that. This will save us time and spare our nerves – we have better things to do than wander around supermarkets looking for onions.

    Eat less meat
    It has been shown that our enormous consumption of meat is a very big problem for the planet. This is another thing which pretty much everyone understands at this point. We just eat far too much meat, and we’re overexploiting both the animals and nature as a whole. Everyone also knows that meat has a massive CO2 footprint, if it’s not farmed the right way. Perhaps this isn’t the right place to dive into a discussion about veganism. But the fact is, in our team, most of us do eat meat – even if we do so as “flexitarians”, which means that we do what we can to avoid eating meat, instead just having it on the odd occasion, or when we’re invited somewhere. This is now precisely the kind of thing we want to do on our trips in future. So from now on, we’ll be trying to cook vegetarian/vegan meals at least five times a week. On those two other days we’ll do everything we can to avoid eating meat which comes from dubious sources. As far as factory farmed meat is concerned, if possible, we want to avoid it altogether. Don’t worry, those of you who know our executive chefs will know that this will most certainly not mean that anyone will be missing out, and that our trips and camps will be as much of a culinary delight as ever.

    ATTENTION: Our Mongolia tour is strictly excluded from this! In Mongolia, people live sustainably and healthily from their herds – which means from meat and dairy products. This barren steppe country and its culture could not survive without its extensive and organic animal husbandry. The animals are respected, young animals are never slaughtered. In addition, we cannot imagine a happier and more natural life for a herd animal than in the vast steppes of Mongolia. Of course, we will continue to eat and enjoy here according to the country's culture!

    So, in order to be able to measure us by our deeds, rather than just our words, we’ll be keeping a "foodlog" this season, keeping a record of what we cook over the course of our travels.
  • Avoid waste
    Less food waste
    To be fair, we’re not too bad at this at all. But we still think that we still ended up throwing away too much food last season. Better planning should mean that we’re able to achieve this aim as well. Our new vehicle will have a big, professional cool box, which should help us to reach this aim. With your help, we’ll achieve whatever remains to be done by being a bit cleverer. This is something which will be difficult to measure – but we’ll give it a go!

    Avoiding waste packaging
    This falls into just the same category. In order to come closer to our ultimate aim of not buying anything that comes wrapped in plastic, this is what we have decided for 2021: from now on, we’ll buy rice, pasta, and anything else which keeps, in bulk (ideally unpackaged, or packaged in paper) and take it with us on our travels. This is one reliable way of producing a great deal less rubbish. The additional CO2 for those extra few kilos that we’ll be driving around won’t be very significant, given the weight of all the other equipment that we’ll have with us.

    No more plastic bottles. From now on, we’ll be reminding everyone to bring their own water bottles. Where the tapwater is fine, we’ll be using that. Wherever it isn’t, or in those cases where it tastes too much like the children’s end of the swimming pool, we’ll buy big 5l bottles which everyone can fill their water bottles from.

    Separating rubbish on the move
    This is another of those things which sounds like straightforward standard practice. Despite our best efforts at reducing the amount of rubbish we produce, there’ll still be some, and this should be separated and recycled to the extent that this is possible. However, those who have spent time in lots of different countries will know that doing this whilst travelling is often much, much more difficult than it is at home. Everywhere you go, they do it differently. Sometimes these things can be chucked together, other times they need to be separated. We’ve always done our best, as it always winds us up when we see plastic and organic waste in the same bin. But there have also been plenty of occasions when we’ve been so confused or irritated that we’ve just given up. This is not good enough. We’ve had to give ourselves a mark of “extremely unsatisfactory” in this particular subject.
    So, from now on (and at least on those of our trips which involve a base camp), we’ll have our own set of bins with us, clearly marked, and 100% compatible with the local system, whatever that happens to be.

    In countries where we know that recycling is not done at all, or where it is done badly, we’ll be even more careful to avoid producing rubbish. As far as we do end up producing recyclable rubbish in these places, we’ll take it back home with us. Scout’s honour. This puts us under even greater pressure to be careful about the packaging when buying supplies.
  • We would be very happy to hear any ideas you might have!
    We’re not perfect. But we are always trying to be better.
    So, we’re always happy to hear your feedback, criticism, and ideas. With your help, we want to become a more sustainable company!

All this being said, we won't forget:

LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR BAD FOOD!

++ To consume more sustainably does not mean to enjoy less! ++
++ On the contrary: Consuming with mind and heart means for us: Enjoyment to the fullest – but with a better conscience! ++

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Speaking about food…

How does that actually work at Moryak?

++ Although on tour we absolutely love to cook with you after a day's paddling, providing food is NOT part of our services ++
++ Why? ++

This is partly due to the Law on Package Tourism: MORYAK is a provider of sea kayak tours and courses and not a package tour operator. On the other hand, this also corresponds to our philosophy and idea of adventure: We want to experience something authentic with you as a team and not sell you a ready-made, soulless tourism product off the shelf. That means: We assume that this also corresponds to your idea of adventure. And we want to be open about this. If you are more of the "arrive, put your feet up, consume type", you may not be happy with us! ++
This is partly due to the Law on Package Tourism: MORYAK is a provider of sea kayak tours and courses and not a package tour operator. On the other hand, this also corresponds to our philosophy and idea of adventure: We want to experience something authentic with you as a team and not sell you a ready-made, soulless tourism product off the shelf. That means: We assume that this also corresponds to your idea of adventure. And we want to be open about this. If you are more of the "arrive, put your feet up, consume type", you may not be happy with us! ++

OUR PARTNERS

KAYAK SCHOOLS AND TOUR PROVIDERS

Our philosophy is based on the ideals of partnership and solidarity, not on elbows and turf war. It is therefore natural for us to work with other kayak schools and tour operators who share our approach. Contrary to what capitalism would like us to believe, we are convinced that there is enough space for all of us and that we can all get ahead with a little more altruism and cooperation – much further than in "ego-mode".

We encourage our clients to think outside the box and also to take part in offers from other providers; To learn from other coaches who have their own strengths, which we hope will complement ours perfectly. After all, it's about developing
your paddling, and your progress. We want you to benefit as much as possible from all the know-how that is available everywhere. We don't worry, because we know: sooner or later you will come back to us.
Our philosophy is based on the ideals of partnership and solidarity, not on elbows and turf war. It is therefore natural for us to work with other kayak schools and tour operators who share our approach. Contrary to what capitalism would like us to believe, we are convinced that there is enough space for all of us and that we can all get ahead with a little more altruism and cooperation – much further than in "ego-mode".

We encourage our clients to think outside the box and also to take part in offers from other providers; To learn from other coaches who have their own strengths, which we hope will complement ours perfectly. After all, it's about developing
your paddling, and your progress. We want you to benefit as much as possible from all the know-how that is available everywhere. We don't worry, because we know: sooner or later you will come back to us.
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++ The best white water school in Switzerland: Learn white water kayaking with the lions. Join the pack!! ++

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++ Our partner school from the "Berner Oberland": High Quality Coaching from Lake Brienz to Brittany ++

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++ Learn Sea Kayaking systematically on Lake Constance and on the Baltic Sea with Paddelprofi! ++

EQUIPMENT

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++ Our partner Siesta Oppi - the friendly paddle shop in Switzerland ++
++Boats, paddles, equipment and everything else you need for your sea kayaking adventure is available here! ++

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++ At Absolut Canoe you will find really nice premium outdoor equipment with a strong focus on wilderness cuisine, fire, tipis and tent stoves ++
++ Style, timeless charm, trapper feeling and excellent quality instead of ultralight and plastic! ++

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++ Live Green is not a typical "outdoor shop" ... Instead, this small Swiss online shop with a very friendly philosophy specializes in sustainable everyday products that we also use in our group kitchen. ++

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