About us

All Jersey Walk Adventures staff are local residents with a passion for sharing their in-depth knowledge of the local waters, history and environment of Jersey.

Derek Hairon

Derek Hairon

A local resident whose family has lived on the East coast for four generations. He spent much of his childhood exploring the area around Icho Tower on foot and by sea kayak.

The family has a long connection with the sea. His Father often went low water fishing in the gullies, while his uncle was a well-known fisherman who fished the south coast. Derek spent much of his childhood exploring the area around Icho Tower on foot and by sea kayak.

Derek is the trainer for Jersey Heritage Trust Seymour and La Rocco Tower guides and a Wild Life Safe (WiSe) trained guide and trainer.

Jersey Tourism Bronze badge trained guide.

British Canoeing Sea kayak coach holding the prestigious level 5 Coach award. First Aid and coastal navigation certificates.Over 40 years of sea kayaking experience, including significant expeditions to circumnavigate Ireland by kayak, North Scotland, Faeroe Islands and Alaska. He has also participated in white water-kayaking trips in Nepal to paddle the Tamur and Marsyandi Rivers.

Derek is a trained teacher who taught outdoor pursuits in the UK.

He has completed long-distance mountain walks such as the famous GR20 in Corsica, the Pyrenees, Nepal, Azores and Gomera in the Canary Islands when not kayaking. He also undertook an 18-month cycle tour in Europe covering over 12,000 miles.

Trudie

Trudie Trox Jersey walking guide

Trudie, walking guide and office Manager

At the age of 10 years, Trudie saw the North Sea for the first time. Soon seashells formed part of her luggage back home to Bavaria in Germany.

As a professional tour guide in Britain, Normandy and Brittany, this led her into a career as a travel guide book writer for Polyglott and Langenscheidt publishers in Germany. She now works as a freelance travel writer and editor. This led her to write the Channel Islands guidebook in 2002 for Merian books.

Trudie fell in love with Jersey and the South East coast low tide zone. She happily links her passion for marine biology and local history with her training as a geographer on her guided walks to Seymour and Icho Towers and developing a range of guided walks that explore the maritime history and culture of Jersey.

Jersey Tourism Bronze badge trained guide.

She has since moved to Jersey to be closer to the sea.

Trudie is often your first point of contact when making a booking with Jersey Kayak and Jersey Walk Adventures.

Jersey Heritage Trust Seymour tower and Wild Life Safe trained guide. Outdoor First Aid.

Trudie can guide both individual visitors and groups throughout the Channel Islands.

German and English speaking.

Sheila

 

National standards in outdoor and adventure activities in Jersey

We meet the following criteria.

All staff hold valid and up to date First Aid awards, satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Scheme (DBS) checks and undergo Child Protection training as part of our staff training programme.

As professional guides, we are fully insured.

Large groups do not allow people to enjoy this unique wilderness, so we operate in smaller groups and add extra staff when needed.

All our staff are Jersey residents and have considerable knowledge and experience. Some have been low water fishing with their parents and families for many years.

We carry first aid packs, a mobile phone, VHF marine radio, laser flare, map, compass, emergency shelter, and other safety equipment on our seabed walks.

We can supply a detailed risk assessment if requested.

As a responsible company, we hold specific outdoor activities liability insurance policy to cover all our activities.

We comply with local laws, employment and tax legislation.

All our staff are paid above the Jersey Living Wage.

Going Green

GTBS Gold for guided walks in JerseyJersey Walk Adventures is part of Jersey Kayak Adventures. We are committed to reducing the environmental impacts caused by the day to day activities of the business.

We play an active role in encouraging our clients to discover our environment. With this comes a responsibility to ensure we minimise our impact.

The company was one of Eco-Active Jersey’s first Leader grade members and met the exacting Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Most of our staff are Wild Life Safe (WiSe) trained guides.

Please read about our environmental policies and activities here.

WiSe badgeWild Life Safe (WiSe)

National training scheme to promote responsible wildlife watching in the marine environment.

All our lead guides undertake WiSe training to watch wildlife whilst minimising any potential disturbance.

Our wildlife watching policies and advice is here.

EcoActive

Ecoactive jersey badgeA Jersey-based scheme, helping organisations to make a positive impact on the environment.

Our performance is assessed in the following areas: Energy, Waste, Water, Transport, Purchasing,

We hold the EcoActive business leader grade.

Jersey Heritage Trust Accredited guides

Trudie and Derek have undergone training to be an accredited guide for your stay in Seymour tower.

We are inspected annually.

Jersey Tourist Guides Association

We are members and take part in regular courses and training opportunities.