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Silver Canoeing

Open Silver Canoeing Expeditions

2021 Open Silver 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.

Our 2021 Open Silver Canoeing Expeditions are subject to sufficient demand. If you are interested in doing your DofE Silver Expedition by Canoe please e-mail us to discuss dates.


  • Training & Practice Expedition = £234.00 per person including VAT.

  • Qualifying Expedition = £234.00 per person including VAT.

Please click on the button to apply.

What's included

  • Pre-Expedition Training and Planning Day held at a suitable time before the expedition.*

  • 3-days, 2-nights Training & Practice Expedition covering all aspects of the DofE Common Training Framework at Silver level and Paddle Skills Training.

  • 3-days, 2-nights Qualifying Expedition.

  • Supervision and assessment by our team of qualified Canoeing Expedition Leaders & Assessors.

  • Pastoral supervision on camp.

  • Camp site 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: If it is not practical to deliver a face-to-face Training & Planning Day, we will provide online support to all participants to enable them to prepare for the Open Expedition. 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

No dates have been set for 2021. Please contact us for further information.


  • Training & Practice Expedition: River Soar & Trent / Trent & Mersey Canal

  • Qualifying Expedition: River Wye (Herefordshire)

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.

  • Leaders will be undertaking a Lateral Flow Test prior to the expedition, and we encourage all participants to also complete a test.

  • Expeditions follow the National Youth Agency COVID-19 guidelines which has been aligned with the UK Government's roadmap issued on 22nd February 2021. Please be aware that dates or the type of programme may change if the UK Government's targets for transition to future steps are not met.

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 also incorporates the Paddle Skills Training.

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

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