Le Mourier Swim/Sea/Save is Jersey’s leading Royal Yachting Association accredited powerboat school. In addition to teaching powerboating, first aid and the use of marine VHF communications, we also offer private charters around the Channel Islands and the French coast. Le Mourier is very excited to offer St.George’s students some unique activity days on the water, during which Jersey’s history, marine biology and geography will all come alive.
For Year 3 students, Wednesday 28th June
This exciting day will include a trip on one of the Le Mourier RIBs to the unique Les Ecrehous reef. Conducting dozens of trips to the reef each year, Le Mourier will be able to show the students the lesser-seen aspect of this truly singular place; secret sandbanks, lagoons that are rarely accessible and of course the chance to see up close some of the marine wildlife native to the area, including dolphins, seals and gannets.
Students will also explore the main island of the Ecrehous-Marmotiere- on foot. Leaving the boat at the island’s small jetty, the students will walk amongst the small houses and learn something of the history of the permanent habitations there- from their past as a refuge for smugglers and revenue-dodgers to their current status as a protected marine habitat. They will also learn a little about the court case at the UN in the 1950’s which attributed Les Ecrehous and Les Minquiers reefs to Jersey.
Once returning to Jersey after their amazing Ecrehous experience, the students will then have a busy schedule of beach games, and enjoy a paddleboarding trip led by WindMadness. They will explore part of Jersey’s coast from a sit on a paddleboard and have a chance to explore bays and inlets from the sea. A wonderful way to improve balance, fitness and most of all confidence around the water. And above all, terrifically good fun!
For Year 6 students, Wednesday 5th July, there is a very special activity planned indeed. Le Mourier will take them to explore Les Minquiers reef off Jersey’s South coast. Approximately twelve miles away, the ‘Minkies’ cover- on a low spring tide- an area larger than Jersey itself. This incredible ecosystem is home to seals, seabirds and fish found in numbers greater than
anywhere else in our waters. The Minkies are one of Le Mourier’s favourite locations to visit, and the Year 6 students will have the chance to see parts of the reef which are very seldom visited. They will also be able to explore the main island of Maitresse, see the fisherman’s huts there and of course the famous lavatory- the most Southerly one in the British Isles! All in all, this trip will be one of the highlights of the students’ summers- a very special opportunity for them to see one of Jersey’s most singular locations.
All students of both age groups will require:
- Swimming Costume
- Sea shoes
- Sun protection including suncream and a hat
- 2 towels
- Warm jumper
- Food and water
- Mask, snorkel and fins