Open Expeditions

Open DofE Expeditions enable independent participants, those who missed their own group's expedition or those unable to form a viable team, to complete their Practice and/or Qualifying Expedition.

They include a familiarisation and planning period followed by a remotely supervised and assessed expedition. All necessary training and practice expeditions must be undertaken before a participant can take part in an Open Qualifying Expedition. If booking onto our Qualifying Expedition only, please provide evidence that you have completed your training and Practice Expedition.

Open Expeditions are available to individual participants or small teams.

Open Canoeing Expeditions (Silver or Gold)

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

  • Silver: 4-days covering all aspects of the DofE Paddle Skills & British Canoe syllabus and a 2-day 2-night Practice Expedition.
  • Gold: 5-days covering all aspects of the DofE Paddle Skills & British Canoe syllabus and a 3-day 2-night Practice Expedition.
  • 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.

Qualifying Expedition

  • Silver: 4-days including a familiarisation & planning day and a 3-day, 2-night Qualifying Expedition.
  • Gold: 5-days including a familiarisation & planning day and a 4-day, 3-night Qualifying Expedition.
  • Supervision and assessment by our team of qualified Canoe Expedition Leaders & Assessors.
  • 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.

2020 Dates & Locations

We are currently planning our 2020 Open Canoe Expedition programmes and dates will be published early November. If you are interested in joining our Open Canoe Expeditions, please do get in touch and we'll update you on our exciting plans for 2020.

Prices (All prices are per person and include VAT)

Silver Gold

Training & Practice Expedition only: £255.00 pp. £339.00 pp.

Qualifying Expedition only: £255.00 pp. £339.00 pp.

Full programme: £450.00 pp. £660.00 pp.

Open Walking Expeditions (Gold)

Our Open Walking Expeditions are a great way of doing your DofE Expedition in some of the UK’s scenic National Parks. Our Open Gold Expeditions take place in the Peak District (Dark Peaks), Yorkshire Dales or Lake District.

Training & Practice Expedition

  • 5-days covering all aspects of the DofE Common Training Framework including advanced Navigation in remote country, overnight camps and a 3-day, 2-night Practice Expedition.
  • Supervision and training by our team of qualified Expedition Leaders (ML Summer or above).
  • Camp site fees.
  • Group Kit – tents, stoves, fuel, maps, map cases, group first aid kit.
  • Public Liability Insurance of £10million, AALA Licence and DofE AAP Licence.

Qualifying Expedition

  • 5-days including a familiarisation & planning day and a 4-day, 3-night Qualifying Expedition.
  • Supervision and assessment by our team of qualified Expedition Leaders & Assessors.
  • Camp site fees.
  • Group Kit – tents, stoves, fuel, maps, map cases, group first aid kit.
  • Public Liability Insurance of £10million, AALA Licence and DofE AAP Licence.

2020 Dates & Locations

We are currently planning our 2020 Open Gold Walking Expedition programmes and dates will be published later in the year.

Prices (All prices are per person and include VAT)

Training & Practice Expedition only: £258.00 pp.

Qualifying Expedition only: £258.00 pp.

Combined programme: £486.00 pp.

Open Bronze Qualifying Expedition

If you are unable to make your own school's Bronze dates, this might suit you. We run an Open Bronze Qualifying Expedition in Leicestershire each year in September, and welcome individuals or small teams. Participants will need to have completed their Training and be ready to undertake their Qualifying Expedition.

What's included

  • 2-days, 1-night Qualifying Expedition.
  • Planning Workshop and Kit Check on the Saturday morning.
  • Supervision and assessment by our team of qualified Expedition Leaders & Assessors.
  • Pastoral supervision on camp.
  • Camp site fees and classroom for Saturday morning's planning activity.
  • Group Kit – tents, stoves, fuel, maps, map cases, group first aid kit.
  • Public Liability Insurance of £10million, AALA Licence and DofE AAP Licence.

Dates & Locations

Sat 19th – Sun 20th September 2020: Leicestershire.

Prices (per person and includes VAT)

Qualifying Expedition: £105.00 pp.

If you have already completed your Training through ourselves, then we offer a 50% discount on this price.

Booking

In order to book onto any of our Open Expeditions, please complete our online Application & Medical Consent Form which can be found below.

You will receive a confirmation email showing that we have received your form and we will then send you details of how to pay.

Once we have received your payment, we will send you our comprehensive Information Booklet. This includes more details regarding the programme you have signed up to along with kit lists, menu ideas and other useful information. Participant Joining Instructions with details of dates, times and locations will be sent to you 3-4 weeks prior to each activity.

Please be aware that all Open Expeditions are subject to having enough participants to make them viable to run. We make every effort to ensure there are enough numbers to form a team, but in the event that this is not possible, we will refund all monies paid if we are unable to run the expedition.