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Gold Canoeing

Open Gold Canoeing Expeditions

2021 Open Gold Canoe 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.

What a way to gain your Gold Award! This is a truly memorable experience and a fantastic opportunity to make your Gold Award that extra bit special. Starting under the shadow of Ben Nevis, you will canoe along the 95km of the Caledonian Canal, including the length of Loch Ness (watch out for Nessie!) to finish at Inverness.

For those who want to stay south of the border, we are also proposing to run an Open Gold Canoeing Expedition along the River Severn in July, subject to sufficient demand.

Prices

  • Complete Package (Scotland): £690.00 including VAT per person

  • Complete Package (England/Wales): £624.00 including VAT per person

  • Package includes Training, Practice & Qualifying Expeditions, Supervised and Assessed by our team of qualified and experienced canoe leaders. Group equipment, canoe equipment, campsite fees and 2 nights bunkhouse accommodation (Scotland only) before the Qualifying Expedition all included.

  • Sorry but sightings of Nessie not included!!!

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What's included

5-days, 4-nights Training & Practice Expedition:

  • Day 1: Basic Paddle Skills Training covering all aspects of the DofE Paddles Skills syllabus followed by an overnight camp.

  • Day 2: Consolidation of Paddle Skills on an accompanied journey with overnight camp.

  • Days 3 - 5: 3-day, 2-night Practice Expedition with an end of expedition briefing with your Expedition Supervisor.

Scotland - 6-days, 5-nights Qualifying Expedition:

  • Day 1: Travel & arrival day. Settle into bunkhouse accommodation (included in package).

  • Day 2: Additional paddle skills training relating to the local environment. Kit checks, assessor briefing before some R&R time. Overnight stay in bunkhouse (included in package).

  • Days 3 - 6: 4-day, 3-night Qualifying Expedition.

  • Assessment by a DofE Accredited Assessor and completion of Assessors Report to eDofE.

  • Assessment of Expedition Presentation.

England/Wales - 5-days, 4-nights Qualifying Expedition:

  • Day 1: Arrival, paddle skills refresher training relating to the local environment. Kit checks, assessor briefing before some R&R time. Overnight camp.

  • Days 2 - 5: 4-day, 3-night Qualifying Expedition.

  • Assessment by a DofE Accredited Assessor and completion of Assessors Report to eDofE.

  • Assessment of Expedition Presentation.

All expeditions also include:

  • Pastoral supervision throughout expeditions.

  • Camp site and bunkhouse accommodation fees.

  • Tents, stoves, fuel, group first aid kit and route maps provided for each individual participant.

  • Paddle Kit – canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids, helmets, and throwlines. Also included is a 65 litre waterproof paddlesport dry bag per participant for you to pack your kit and clothing into on arrival.

  • Public Liability Insurance of £10million, AALA Licence and DofE AAP Licence.

*NOTE: All participants MUST watch the Training Videos on our Factsheets & Videos page to support their preparation, especially our videos on appropriate clothing, packing a rucksack and menu ideas.

Dates & Locations

  • Training & Practice Expedition (April): Mon 5th - Fri 9th April 2021: River Soar & Trent

  • Training & Practice Expedition (July): Mon 5th - Fri 9th July 2021: Location to be confirmed

  • Qualifying Expedition (England & Wales): Mon 19th - Fri 23rd July 2021: River Severn

  • Qualifying Expedition (Scotland): Sat 14th - Thurs 19th August 2021: Caledonian Canal (Fort William - Inverness)

COVID-19 Procedures

  • A COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire will be sent to all attendees (participants and leaders) prior to attending. Please complete this form within 48 hours of the expedition and handed in on arrival.

  • Restricting the numbers on each expedition to comply with current Government social distancing rules. We have separate routes and campsite locations that we will be using, with a maximum of 14 participants (2 teams) on each route.

  • All participants must bring their own hand sanitiser and face coverings. There will also be a supply of these available on the expedition.

  • Participants will be issued with their own tent, stove, fuel and group first aid kit 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.

  • Participants should travel to/from the expedition areas within their household or social bubble. If using public transport, participants must comply with Government rules and wear face masks.

Please click here for our factsheet on COVID-19 procedures.

DofE Expedition Information

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

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

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