Derek Hairon – Channel Islands
Derek Hairon is a BCU Level 5 sea kayak coach and has paddled throughout the Channel Islands for over 42 years. In 1978 he completed the first circumnavigation of Ireland by kayak and subsequent expeditions to Alaska, Nova Scotia, Faeroe Islands, Aland Islands, Brittany, whitewater rivers in Nepal and most of the classic UK sea kayaking destinations. Recognising the growth of sit-on-top kayaking he wrote Sit-on-Top Kayak. He owns Jersey Kayak Adventures and runs a range of sea kayak introductory and advanced courses plus guided coastal sea kayak tours.
South East England
The impetus for this section of the guide was originally provided by Chris Wheeler, whose enthusiasm and commitment to kayaking knew no bounds. On his untimely death on the River Dart others stepped into the breach and the South East England section was a combined effort involving seven different contributors. They are (in order of the number of routes contributed): Andy Levick, Mark Rainsley, Mark Gawler, Annie Davis, Guy Smith John Brett, and Kurt Finch