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.
Participants who attend one of the schools that we support with regular DofE Expeditions programmes should contact their DofE Manager at the school before completing their Expedition Registration Form.
2024 Open Gold Canoeing
Tues 28 - Fri 31 May 2024: Paddle Skills Training & Practice Expedition - Nottingham, River Soar & River Trent
Sun 28 July - Thurs 1 August 2024: Qualifying Expedition - River Severn from Welshpool to Hampton Loade.
£594.00 inc. VAT per person (£495.00 exc. VAT)
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 (4.5-days, 4-nights)
Arrive late afternoon before expedition for pre-expedition briefing.
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 28th May - Friday 31st May 2024
Location: River Soar & River Trent (Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire)
Base: National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham
Dates: Sunday 28th July - Thursday 1st August 2024 (arriving 4pm Sunday)
Location: River Severn (Welshpool - Hampton Loade)
To book a place on this Expedition Programme, simply click on the button below and complete our Open Gold Canoeing Registration & Medical Consent Form. Please note that parents must complete this form for any participant under the age of 18.
Once you have completed the Registration Form, please pay your deposit and your place will then be guaranteed. There is a maximum of 16 places on this expedition programme so don't delay.
DofE Expedition Information
All our DofE training is based on the DofE's Expedition Training Framework. Canoeing Training is based on the Core Paddle Skills Training and is underpinned by the British Canoeing Awarding Body regulations.
All our expeditions are subject to the DofE's Expedition Requirements.
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