Open DofE Gold Expedition – Canoeing

 Open DofE Gold Expedition – Canoeing
 Training & Practice or Qualifying Expedition
Your expedition – your way
Free use of group kit
Accommodation and campsites included
Friendly and experienced supervisors
 DofE accredited assessors
Only £60 deposit to secure your place
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Open DofE Gold Expedition – Canoeing

Are you looking for Open DofE Gold Expedition by Canoe with all the route planning and paperwork included? Come and join one of our exciting DofE Open Gold Canoe Expeditions for individuals or small groups.

Applied Expeditions will take the stress out of your Expedition Section.

Practice Expeditions

Our practice expedition starts by teaching you the skills required to embark on an expedition at this level. These may include new skills or just a refresher, either way we will make sure you are up to speed. You will be taught how to paddle the canoe safely and prepare it for an expedition. We will also get your to plan your route and create your route card.

Once we are happy that you have the required skills you are able to embark on a 4 day practice expedition. At the end of the practice expedition you will take part in a debrief, helping you to look forward and prepare for your qualifying expedition.

Qualifying Expeditions

Our qualifying expedition starts with two days of preparation. This includes choosing your aim, planning your route, checking your kit and some group bonding. We will also take you out for a paddle to help you acclimatise to the area and confirm your canoeing skills. Once this is all complete you are then ready to embark on your 4 day qualifying expedition.

On completion of your expedition, you will take part in a debrief. This is a very important part of the expedition, giving you time to reflect on your achievements and those of your team mates. It’s at this point we can complete your assessor’s report for you.

To help you reflect for longer on your achievement there is also a requirement for a presentation of your expedition. Once this is completed your expedition section is complete.

Participation in shared experiences in the outdoor environment develops initiative, teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving and organisation skills. Experiencing and overcoming challenges together develops emotional strength and empathy for others. These experiences are heightened by joining a group of strangers with a similar goal of completing their Expedition Section.

Expedition Dates and Locations

  • 1 – 6 Apr 2018 – River Severn (Trg & Practice Expedition only)
  • 19 – 24 Aug 2018 – River Wye
  • 28 Oct – 2 Nov 2018 – River Wye

Included in your Expedition

  • A comprehensive pre-expedition information pack.
  • Bunkhouse accommodation or campsite fees for the duration of your expedition.
  • Free use of group kit.
  • Supervision from experienced and qualified instructors.
  • Accredited Assessors for the qualifying expedition.

Available Group Kit

We provide the following essential group kit free of charge:

  • Tents
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Pan set
  • Group shelters
  • Group first aid kits
  • Maps and Compasses
  • Canoes
  • Paddles
  • Helmets
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Barrels


Gold Canoe Expeditions – £360 per person per expedition.
A non-refundable deposit of £60 is due when you book; the remaining balance is due 6 weeks before your expedition.


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