Open DofE
Gold Canoeing

2023 Open Gold 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.

2023 Open Gold Canoe Package

  • Paddle Skills Training & Practice Expedition - May/June 2023 along River Soar & River Trent

  • Qualifying Expedition - July 2023 along River Wye from Hay-on-Wye to Monmouth.

  • Overall Price: £480.00 including VAT

  • 3 stage Payment Plan with deposit of £100.00 payable on booking.

What's included

Training & Practice Expedition (4-days, 3-nights)

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

  • Days 2 - 4: 3-day, 2-night Practice Expedition with an end of expedition briefing with your Expedition Supervisor.

Qualifying Expedition (4-days, 3-nights)

  • 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 fees.

  • Tents, stoves, fuel, group first aid kit and 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.

Dates & Locations

Training & Practice Expedition

  • Dates: Tuesday 30th May - Friday 2nd June 2023

  • Location: River Soar & River Trent (Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire)

Qualifying Expedition

  • Dates: Monday 24th - Thursday 27th July 2023

  • Location: River Wye (Hay-on-Wye - Monmouth)

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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