Excellence Camp

This exclusive 2-week camp is specially designed for some 10 fit, curious and adventurous students, fluent or native French/English speakers, with good discipline, self-sufficiency and a strong sense of team spirit. It combines a mountain adventure week followed by a week of offshore ocean navigation on board a sailing catamaran.

The aims are to define and challenge your limits and to provide opportunities to show leadership skills, while living a thrilling emotion-filled experience. Achieve excellence together!

Mountain adventure week

You will discover trails in the Bernese and Wallis Alps, learn rock-climbing, cross obstacles, crevasses and glaciers. You will work as part of a team while setting up and taking down a camp every day, and learn how to live in a community. Most nights are spent in mountain refuges. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a superb adventure in the heart of the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps.

Some of the activities

Rock climbing, rappelling, an ascent to 4000m, glacier walks using crampons, an introduction to orienteering and GPS navigation, hanging bridge (mega swing fixed under a bridge), nights in mountain huts, discovering Alpine flora and fauna...

Offshore navigation week

You will then fly from Geneva to join the sailing yacht Ipharra for a splendid cruise; the islands you will visit change every year. You will learn how to handle a large yacht, using both engine and sails; practice sailing manoeuvres; learn how to calculate routes using maps and electronic navigation equipment; appreciate the importance of teamwork and mutual respect; and, of course, relax and enjoy water sports.

Some of the activities

Sailing manoeuvres, maritime map reading, exploring islands, swimming, snorkelling, sea bob, water-skiing, wakeboarding, navigation using a laser sailing dinghy, kayaking...

The Ipharra yacht

Ipharra is a 34-metre catamaran sailboat built for offshore cruising. It is a secure, well-furnished, fast yacht which has 4 triple-berth cabins with bathrooms for the students and 3 cabins housing the 5 crew members. Ipharra also has a classroom equipped with IT resources; a huge cockpit which serves as a dining room/meeting area and cinema; a reading room, and a flying deck used for marine observation, astronomy and sun bathing! The yacht also has a dinghy used for exploration (Zodiac), a light Laser sailing boat used for sailing lessons; electric powered sea bobs (also used for exploration), snorkelling equipment, a kayak, water-skiing and wakeboarding equipment, not to mention all the usual modern security equipment - GSM and satellite communication and navigation systems.

More information at: www.ipharra.com