2 DAY TRAINING WEEKEND
Open Silver Paddling Expeditions 2018
Silver DofE by canoe or kayak has become very popular in recent years, it gives the participants the ability to learn new skill whilst expeditioning. For our Silver paddling expeditions we use locations such as The Thames, River Wye or Norfolk Broad, these locations allow the participants to gain a real sense of adventure and wilderness. Below are the details of each of the expeditions, Training, Practice and Assessment.
Our training package runs over a weekend at our residential site in Marlow, Buckinghamshire with lakes and access to the River Thames. During the training weekend, we focus on the paddlesports skills you will require during your expedition, such as, moving the boat forwards, backwards and sideways, capsize and rescue skills and boat packing. Having these skills will enable your to successfully complete your practice expedition being remotely supervised. In addition to the paddlesports skills as part of the training and practice expeditions you will learn skills such as, Navigation, Route Planning, First Aid, Emergency Procedures, Camp Craft, Expedition cooking and Nutrition, Health and Safety, and Kit requirements.
Date: 3rd & 4th March 2018
4 day 3 night practice on the Thames. During the four days the groups will experience a mixture of directly and remotely supervised planned activity. Additional training will be given specific to the wild country and moorland terrain.
Date: 15th – 17th June 2018
3 Day,3 Night assessed expedition on the River Severn (arriving the evening before [5th] the start of the expedition). During the assessment you will be overseen by an external assessor accredited to the DofE. They will be ensuring you and your group adhere to the 20 conditions.
Dates: 5th – 8th July 2018
Cost: £450 (inc. VAT) – Per Person for training, practice and assessment expeditions.
Day 1: Travel & Practice – Paddling
Day 2: Practice – Paddling
Day 3: Practice – Paddling
Day 1: Travel – Arrival and Briefings
Day 2: Expedition – Paddling
Day 3: Expedition – Paddling
Day 4: Expedition – Paddling & Travel Home
DATES & COSTS
Training Weekend: 3rd & 4th March 2018 – £100
Practice Expedition: 15th – 17th June 2018 – £200
Assessed Expedition: 5th (evening arrival) – 8th July 2018 – £200
Expedition Package, including Training, Practice & Assessment – £450 (Inc. VAT)
Further specific details (including: link to Medical & Consent form, supervision details, kit list, suggested food list, specific drop off and pickup locations and times, kit explanation guide, rucksack packing advice, etc.) will be provided in the participants ‘Expedition Preparation Guide’.
You must also see your DofE Coordinator to enrol in the Silver DofE award – there will be an additional cost for this (approx £30).
Deposit payment is £150, full balance is due by the 5th February 2018.
Thank you Matt, Charlie & Debs! I just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for everything on this expedition. It really opened my eyes to what I myself could achieve and what our group could achieve in the face of challenging conditions. I know I surprised myself and I'm sure the whole group realised afterwards what a difficult expedition that was and how well we tackled it.Matthew, Open Gold Participant 2017
Your continued support, stories and banter really was welcome! Looking back now I'm so grateful for the opportunity, the staff that accompanied it and just the fact that we did it!