Watertrek

Watertrek’s mission is to raise awareness and alert about the need to protect aquatic ecosystems threatened by plastic pollution, global warming and toxic chemicals. Watertrek organizes expeditions combining sports (stand-up paddling and walking treks), citizen science and collaborative art, a three-prong approach combining motion, education and creation. It also proposes water-themed contents and renditions of these adventures.

THE STAND-UP PADDLE TO START MOVING


The stand-up paddle or SUP is a derivative of the Hawaiian canoe, the ancestor of modern surfing, used by Polynesian kings. It is practiced standing up, with a paddle.

AN INDIVIDUAL VISION, A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Séverine Vasselin founded the association Watertrek in 2013 after practicing stand-up paddling for the first time on the Côte Bleue near Marseille in the South of France:

“This experience was a true revelation, a change of perspective that was at once physical, sensorial, social and spiritual, a shift in my esthetic viewpoint of the landscape. Standing up on the water, in a physical posture requiring balance, far from the land, it seemed essentiel to me to remind everyone of the beauty of life we are an integral part of, and of the importance of relearning how to see and feel, away from any form of anthropocentrism."

OUR SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS TO DOCUMENT POLLUTION

Watertrek organizes long and short distance paddle expeditions. These initiatives - mostly on rivers - have both a scientific and cartographic vocation, allowing us to collect information on the quantity, the source and type of waste and pollution present in water. It also enables us to physically connect to the ecosystem.

The projects led by Watertrek are in line with three of the Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the UN:

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Watertrek feeds citizen science platforms in collaboration with its partners (Surfrider Foundation Europe, Freshwater Watch in Oxford, DryRivers in Lyon). The association is a member of the Steering Committee involved in protecting Transfer Routes launched by the French Ministry for Energy Transition. It participates in the  identification and mapping of waste accumulation zones observed on banks with the CEREMA.

AN ARTISTIC APPROACH TO ENRICH OUR VISION OF THE LANDSCAPE 

Our expeditions integrate both esthetic, artistic, and collaborative dimensions.

“The ecological crisis is above all a crisis of sensitivity.”

Baptiste Morizot

Un œuvre d'art réalisée à partir de déchets ramassés

OUR RENDITIONS AND CONTENTS

Expedition renditions and conferences, screenings of our documentary and fiction movies, exhibitions and podcasts: Watertrek shares its experiences using various audiovisual and artistic formats, as many supports to alert on water preservation. We welcome everyone wanting to host these creative initiatives.
Couverture podcast Waterchat

OUR PARTNERS

Microsoft
Cifacom
Climate Reality
Break free from plastic
Carbone 4
Plastic Origins
Garn
Plastic Coalition
Redesa
France Nature
UNO Environement
Sup Norway
Le grand huit
Freshwater
Surfrider
Plastic free july
Ministère de la transition écologique
Lush
Ocean Viking
Restube
StarBoard
SupPassion
All our partners

You

  • To SUPPORT US financially:
  • Make a donation
  • To JOIN US as a volunteer or for an intership:
  • talent@watertrek.org
  • To ASK US as part of a scientific initiative:
  • paddleprotect@watertrek.org
  • To WELCOME US for an event or to build a partnership:
  • contact@watertrek.org

    News

    Notre co-fondatrice Séverine interviewée pour Ecolosport

    Nouvelle interview pour notre fco-ondatrice Séverine Vasselin interviewée par Eddy Klemenczak du blog Ecolosport ce mois de février 2021. Cet entretien fut l’occasion de questionner le rapport que nous avons à notre environnement via la pratique des sports nautiques et notamment le stand-up paddle, et de mieux comprendre comment les sensations ressenties sur l’eau nous […]

    Studying microplastics from the Mediterranean Sea

    Watertrek has boarded the Italian scientific sailing ship “le Bonita” in the third week of August 2020, aiming to contribute to the work of Expedition Med and establish new protocols to study microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea. This was a first for our employee Emmanuelle who was not really accustomed to sailing.  The main objective […]

    SUP trip down the river Orne

    Watertrek volunteers have paddled down the Orne River (French Normandy) between Thury-Harcourt and the Pont de Brie as part of World Clean-Up Day last Saturday, on September 21, 2019. During their 3 hours of paddling, they collected numerous tires, a washing machine drum, an iron, various plastic and glass bottles, along with far too many […]

    Our Facebook Live Shows during lockdown

    Due to lockdown, Watertrek is launching a series of Facebook live conferences to address environmental issues in times of quarantine. Those lives hosted by our Science & Education Expert Emmanuelle are only offered in French for now, but we're hoping to have them in English soon as well. Our program: Friday, 3rdApril 2020: “Is nature […]
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