Open DofE
Silver 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.

Summer 2020 Open Silver Canoeing Expeditions - NEW!!!

We will be running a number of Open Silver Canoeing Expeditions during July & August 2020. These will be available for individuals or small groups to book. If your Silver Canoeing Expedition has been cancelled and you would like more information, please contact us.

  • Training & Practice Expeditions: 3-days, 2-nights, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire along the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Trent. Limit of 6 participants per expedition.

  • Qualifying Expeditions: 3-days, 2-nights, along the River Wye in Herefordshire. Limit of 6 participants per expedition.

Price: £234.00 per person per expedition, including VAT.

Discounts available under our "price promise pledge" for participants previously registered with ourselves for 2020 Canoeing Expeditions which have been unable to go ahead due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Please contact us for details.

Training & Practice Expeditions

3-5 Aug 2020: Trent & Mersey Canal (2 spaces)

4-6 Aug 2020: Trent & Mersey Canal (full)

24-26 Aug 2020: Trent & Mersey Canal (1 space)

Qualifying Expeditions

26-28 Aug 2020: River Wye (2 spaces)

1-3 Sept 2020: River Wye (1 space)

2-4 Sept 2020: River Wye (full)

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 Screening Questionnaire will be sent to all attendees (participants and leaders) prior to attending.

  • Restricting the numbers on each expedition to comply with current Government social distancing rules.

  • 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 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.

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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