Canoe DofE Expeditions

The DofE expeditions can be done by a variety of modes with canoe or kayak being perfect to carry loads, cover distances and explore new terrain. We run open canoe and sea kayak expeditions for Schools across the UK for the Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE awards.

Open Canoe DofE Expedition

We use two man open canoes which offer plenty of space to carry and transport kit while on expedition. Multi-day trips can be done down inland rivers and sheltered coastlines. For open canoes there can be up to 8, rather than the usual 7, per DofE team.

We initially run canoe coaching and training days for the group to improve their boat handling skills. We make sure they have a mixture of British Canoe Union (BCU) two and three star skills so that they can safely and efficiently handle the canoes while on expedition. The number of extra training days will depend on the participants previous experience.

Bronze Canoe Expedition

At Bronze the expedition is over two days and one night. Venues in North Wales include the River Dee and Mawddach, Conwy or Drwyd Estuary with coastal sections. All of these provide varied and beautiful sections travelling out of the mountains and onto the sea.

Silver Canoe Expedition

The Silver expedition is over three days and two nights. The River Wye in South Wales provides an ideal multi-day river. There are various estuary's in North Wales that can be combined with coastal sections too. There needs to be 7 hours of activity per day including project time for Silver expeditions. Being on water provides new opportunities for unique and interesting project topics.

Gold Canoe Expeditions

The Gold offers great opportunities to explore wilderness areas of the UK. The Gold DofE expedition is over four days with three nights. We often run the initial coaching and build-up days around North Wales. The River Wye is often used for training with enough river for four days of paddling and plenty of camping options along its banks. For the Gold assessment, Scotland offers the best expedition opportunities. Rivers Tay or Spey are popular choices with wild camping options for both.

Sea Kayak DofE Expeditions

Bronze Sea Kayak Expedition

North Wales has many two day expedition options, the required length for Bronze. There are friendly and sheltered sections of coastline that allow for easy access to the water and campsite options for an overnight stay. Typical locations would be around Barmouth and Pwllheli.

Silver Sea Kayak Expedition

The Silver expedition is over three days, with the longer expedition allowing us to explore more varied coastline around North Wales. The south west or south east corners of Anglesey can be used or the sandy locations on the southern side of the Llyn peninsular.

Gold Sea Kayak Expedition

For Gold the expedition is four days and three nights. Over this period most of Anglesey can be circumnavigated, teaching the groups to calculate the tides around the island. The estuaries offer bad weather options with sheltered sections of coastline in the Menai Straits, south of the Llyn and Cymran Straits. The qualifying assessment expedition can be done in North Wales or Scotland. On the West Coast of Scotland there are many islands, open sea and lochs to explore. The Scottish terrain lends itself to wild camping with many remote and wilderness ares for a truly memorable trip.

Expedition Safety

All our expeditions are well managed so that all participants are safe at all times. This starts with the initial coaching of canoe and kayak skills. We make sure the teams have the ability to control their boats in the conditions they will encounter and importantly become experienced with capsize procedures and rescuing.

On assessment, as required for DofE, we try to be as independent from the groups as possible. By this point we will be aware of the groups ability and may be closer to them on the water for certain remote sections and if conditions aren't calm. We will always be aware of where they are and what they are up to, even if they think they are out of view!