Open DofE Gold Canoeing

Canoeing Expeditions

Our Open Expeditions by Canoe are a unique way of doing your DofE Expedition on some of the UK’s picturesque rivers. Participants do not need to have any previous canoeing experience as our comprehensive Training Programme will take you from the raw beginner to a competent paddler. However, all participants must be able to competently swim at least 50 metres for safety reasons.

Training & Practice Expedition

Summer 2020 price: £270.00 pp (inc. VAT)

3-days: Training day covering all aspects of the DofE Paddle Skills syllabus followed by a 2-day, 2-night Practice Expedition to consolidate your skills and prepare for your Qualifying Expedition.

We have needed to make changes to our usual programme in order to fit in with the camping facilities available post-lockdown. We will spend the first 2 days on the canals in the Midlands area, before joining the River Trent to finish at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

To comply with social distancing rules, there are 5 places on each expedition.

2020 Dates & Locations

15-17 July 2020: Minworth - Nottingham (full)

20-22 July 2020: Minworth - Nottingham (full)

22-24 July 2020: Lichfield - Nottingham

3-5 August 2020: Lichfield - Nottingham

5-7 August 2020: Lichfield - Nottingham

Additional dates between 27-31 July may be added if there is sufficient demand.

Qualifying Expedition

Summer 2020 price: £339.00 pp (inc. VAT)

5-days: Day 1 is a travel & pre-expedition preparation day with overnight camping accommodation. Days 2 - 5 is your Qualifying Expedition (4 days, 3 nights).

All expeditions will take place on the River Wye, but exact start & finish locations may change depending on level of restrictions within Wales.

To comply with social distancing rules, there are 5 places on each expedition.

Expeditions will run Sun - Thurs or Mon - Fri to avoid busier periods of time on campsites.

2020 Dates & Locations

9 - 13 August 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

16 - 20 August 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

17 - 21 August 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

23 - 27 August 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

24 - 28 August 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

6 - 10 Sept 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

7 - 11 Sept 2020: Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth

Also included as standard:

  • Online Factsheets including kit lists, menu ideas and other key information.
  • Supervision and training by our team of qualified Canoe Expedition Leaders.
  • Camp site fees, river licences and launch fees.
  • Group Kit – tents, stoves, fuel, maps, map cases, group first aid kit.
  • Paddle Kit – canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids, helmets, throwlines, paddlesport dry bag set.
  • Public Liability Insurance of £10million, AALA Licence and DofE AAP Licence.
  • Expedition On-Call Support – dedicated “home contact” support during expeditions.

COVID-19 Procedures

All our expeditions will comply with COVID-19 safe procedures including:

  • A COVID-19 Pre-Expedition Questionnaire will be sent to all attendees (participants and leaders) prior to attending.
  • Restricting the number in the team to 5 participants, plus 1 leader to comply with current social distancing rules of 6 people meeting outside.
  • All participants must bring their own hand sanitiser and face coverings. There will also be a supply of these available on the expedition.
  • All surfaces of canoes and paddles will be sterilised before and after use.
  • Paddles and buoyancy aids issued to participants will remain in their own property during the expedition and must not be left unattended.
  • Participants will be issued with their own tent, stove and fuel for the duration of the expedition. Participants will not share group equipment or food.
  • Campsites will be disinfecting and cleaning communal areas (toilets and washing-up areas) regularly and all users must follow the campsite rules.
  • Expedition dates set to avoid Fridays and Saturdays which are likely to be busier than other days.
  • Travel - Participants must arrive separately at start location and leave separately at finish location. If using public transport, participants must comply with Government rules and wear face masks.

Full details will be sent to participants on confirmation of dates, along with the Joining Instructions.

DofE Expedition Information

All our DofE training is based on the DofE's Common Training Framework at each level. Canoeing Training also incorporates the Paddle Skills Training.

All our expeditions are subject to the DofE's 20 Expedition Conditions.

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