We are happy to organize our upcoming Seatrekking expeditions in Brittany with the support and in the frame of the INTERREG Channel program and the project Preventing Plastic Pollution in cooperation with the Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise (PNMI).
With this eco-citizen expedition for scientific research and trash collection in the sea we are aiming to build the bridge between conscious ocean lovers who are aiming to make a difference and the need for active ocean protection. Join us!
Back from our latest expedition to Six-Fours-Les-Plages
a nice area just 30 minutes off of Marseille where we monitored the coastline along the islands and were able to collect some amount of trash. We were lucky to be hosted by a comfy and natural place, called “Les Toits du Gabou” which served as our basecamp for three days.
Sea temperature was just around 16-18 degree and the first days we had wind up to 20-25 knots but the girls were just very badass and fearless and went all in. In total we were 4 of us who dedicated another weekend for Ocean protection while being on one further just very unique adventure. Thanks to all of our supporters and especially the participants! You rock!
Partnership with Planète Mer for Biodiversity Observation
We are happy to announce our partnership with planète mer to ensure a proper organization, training and execution of Biodiversity Observation during our trails.
We will be sharing the collected information through their program BioLit and support the evaluation for scientific researches (climate change, pollution, introduction of exotic species, etc.), while learning about the life of the fauna and flora of the seashore.
Voilà – here comes the small series of videos from our latest Seatrekking expedition in Crozon, Brittany in 2020. Enjoy!
Watch The Sea welcomes Noor Khosla for an internship
Noor will be collaborating to develop our social media channels and we are happy looking forward to this!
We are happy to have her in the team.
With waves up to 1.5 meters this expedition became one of the most challenging ones so far yet also maybe the one with the most beautiful views. The night camp was set up on top of the cliffs with breathtaking views. Together with two experienced swim runners who joined Watch The Sea and got passionate instantly, the group took the adventure along the coast of Crozon for a several day trip covering 15 km in the sea and 15 km on land.
First Seatrekking Expedition for Monitoring with Polaris Program,
Blue Coast, South of France, August 2020
From the latest Excursion on the Blue Coast, South of France, where we organized our first monitoring with the program from Polaris. We had the pleasure to encounter some more frequently seen species underwater and spent the nights in an amazing cave.
- Underwater and terrestrial trekking according to the responsible practice called “Seatrekking”;
- Collection and categorization of waste found on land and at sea,
- Observations and counting of marine biodiversity, (hopefully sealife has multiplied during this time of „rest“)
- Testing of water quality measuring equipment
- Testing of new innovative eco-responsible sports equipment
Watch the Sea likes to thank all the actors and supporters of this project!
Pure Ocean Lover Challenge, Nice - Monaco
This was our first and very positive collaboration with the organization Pure Ocean with who we co-created this Seatrekking ralley along the coast of Nice. The goal: collect any encountered trash during this overnight trail and bring awareness to the importance of this topic. We had the opportunity to present our initiative and goals to the companies and visitors of Day One Event and Innovative City, two events that were aiming to bring forward new innovative ideas in regards of future entrepreneurship. Many thanks to our partner Pure Ocean Fund, David Sussmann and Thomas De Willenfort with their team.
Press Event to present the projects of the 4Helix Project at CCMI, Marseille
We had the chance to present our work during this press event, inititiated by the Comune of Marseille in the context of the 4Helix Project. A bunch of great projects have been supported that are all aiming to bring new ideas and products for the MED area.
Networking during the HLD pour la Méditerranée, Marseille
Participation at Beach Cleaning Project, Baie des Catalanes, Marseille
We participated in this clean up, organized by diverse organizations like Mer Terre, Remed Zero Dechet, Pure Ocean in collaboration with the Marseille swim club, Team Malmousque and the city of Marseille. The results were tremendous. Kilo of trash was brought to the beach where helpers divided the objects to then get them to recycle. The trash was collected on the coast, the beach, the shallow waters as well as in the depth while Watch The Sea was cleaning the region at the coast in the water. Great to see what can be done when we are working together!
Jean-Jacques Mayol becomes Honorary Member of the association
6 years ago we met JJ for the first time. Of course we were fascinated by the story that had been created around his father, apnea legend Jacques Mayol. But JJ himself continues his fathers work in the sense that he is bringing people to the lifestyle of a Dolphin Man, showing them a way to connect deeply with the sea. JJ had become one of the first Seatrekkers in 2013 and he loved our project from the very first beginning we shared it. We are happy to have him on board and to reconnect on one of our upcoming excursions.
First associative public excursion Côte Bleue, France
Professionals freedivers, experienced open water swimmers and total beginners with passion for windsurfing were coming together on this first adventure organized by our association. The location was both, challenging and exclusively beautiful. Not all the trash encountered during the excursion could be collected due to its size but we did our best to take with us what we could including whole car wheels that had been dumped.
Beach Cleaning after the DELTA Festival
We participated in the beach cleaning initiated by the organizers of the Festival. Tons of trash was collected on the beach as well as in the water. Hot temperatures in the middle of the day made the activity challenging but the organizers kept the supporters protected by their own branded baseball caps. What else could be done than just collecting tons of trash generated each year during this festival? The Organisators are called to come up with more potentially and significantly contributing ideas and alternatives to prevent the pollution of the beaches and sea and to raise awareness.
Watch The Sea at DELTA Festival,
Thanks to Intermade, we were able to participate on the innovative booth of this years DELTA Festival in Marseille, where we not only had the chance to present us to all the young partypeople who partially acclaimed being Oceanlovers as well but we also could connect with great and influential associations and organisations. Amongst them: Sea Sheperd, Recyclop, Un dechet par jour and many more. Although the conditions during these very hot summer days and the smog that had covered the city with pollution, we were happy to be part! Many thanks to the support from Intermade, the team of DELTA Festival and our free collaborators.
Connect with Fluidion for Water Testing at Ocean 2019, Marseille
On this years exhibition OCEAN, which took place from 17-20 of June in Marseille, we had the pleisure to meet the founders and team and share with them our project. We are aiming to collaborate woth fluidion in the future to be able to also do appropriate water testing in the areas of our excursions which then can be shared with independent laboratories.
First meet up with SOAS Scotland,Comino, Malta
The two teachers from SOAS - the School of Adventure Studies in Scotland - seemed very experienced and courageous enough to join their students on this first Seatrekking excursion, planned by the students themselves with the support of Watch The Sea. We are looking forward to our further collaboration.
Successful finish of "Starter Program" with Intermade, Marseille
A bunch of awesome initiatives were participating in this years STARTER program from Intermade, who invited us last minute to participate as well. Thank you for all the interesting and valuable information, the new connections we were able to establish and all the beautiful people we met and shared our vision with. Good luck to everyone!
Seatrekking Expedition,Comino, Malta
Our team was able to collect rubbish around the island of Comino - Republic of Malta where we had our first official collaboration with the natural Parc authorities installed. ERA gave us permission to enter and bivouac over several days in the defined area where we picked up trash in the water as well as on the coast. The trash was identified and the information shared in a trash report. Find it here: