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DOFE FOR SCHOOLS

GOLD EXPEDITIONS | DARTMOOR

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Your Gold Qualifying Expedition is the final and greatest hurdle on your DofE Journey. 4 days, completely independent, wild camping, operating in areas like Dartmoor, completely self-sufficient as a team.

We recognise the fact that for many young people (and their parents!), the very thought of a Gold Expedition is terrifying! When you book with us, you can rest assured that the Team of experienced expedition staff with extensive training, experience of countless expeditions and are working as part of an exceptional AALA licenced Instructor team. Our number one goal is to remove every ounce of stress and anxiety for both the young people joining us and their parents back home. We do this by making the booking process as stress free and simple as possible, providing detailed joining instructions and kit lists and being easily contactable to answer any questions and solve any worries at all stages of the booking process.

Your Gold Qualifying Expedition is the final and greatest hurdle on your DofE Journey. 4 days, completely independent, wild camping, operating in areas like Dartmoor, completely self-sufficient as a team.

We recognise the fact that for many young people (and their parents!), the very thought of a Gold Expedition is terrifying! When you book with us, you can rest assured that the Team of experienced expedition staff with extensive training, experience of countless expeditions and are working as part of an exceptional AALA licenced Instructor team. Our number one goal is to remove every ounce of stress and anxiety for both the young people joining us and their parents back home. We do this by making the booking process as stress free and simple as possible, providing detailed joining instructions and kit lists and being easily contactable to answer any questions and solve any worries at all stages of the booking process.

Why book with us?

Our Team have over 40 years of DofE experience and specialise in both water-based and large school Expeditions. We have extensively researched and scouted all of the expedition areas we use and have a collection of fantastic routes to offer. Most importantly of all, each and every one of our DofE customers gets access to a special 15% discount code for all their expedition kit from our shop!

What do you supply?

For all expeditions we provide:

- Full Kit List

- Tents

- Stoves & Fuel

- First Aid Kits

- Group Shelter

- Maps & Compasses 

- GPS Tracking

We also provide a team of experienced and qualified supervisors & assessors for all expeditions.

(If our team is required to assist with transport, this may incur additional costs)

What's not included?

- Your own transport to and from the expedition venue.

- Accommodation the night before the expeditions

- Your personal clothing and some camping equipment.

- Your personal expedition food.

- Collection at the finish points.

- Transport at the end of the practice back to the dormitory / campsite. (8 day package)

What modes of transport do you offer?

At all three levels we are able to run expeditions in Walking, Canoeing and Kayaking.

At Gold we offer Walking and Canoeing as standard. If you wish to discuss the possibility of a Gold Kayak, please get in touch!

Where do you run the Expeditions?

Usual areas of Expedition are:

Walking:

- Dartmoor

Canoeing/Kayaking:

- River Wye

- Kennet and Avon Canal

(Other areas are also available at times)

Why book with us?

Our Team have over 40 years of DofE experience and specialise in both water-based and large school Expeditions. We have extensively researched and scouted all of the expedition areas we use and have a collection of fantastic routes to offer. Most importantly of all, each and every one of our DofE customers gets access to a special 15% discount code for all their expedition kit from our shop!

What do you supply?

For all expeditions we provide:

- Full Kit List

- Tents

- Stoves & Fuel

- First Aid Kits

- Group Shelter

- Maps & Compasses 

- GPS Tracking

We also provide a team of experienced and qualified supervisors & assessors for all expeditions.

(If our team is required to assist with transport, this may incur additional costs)

What's not included?

- Your own transport to and from the expedition venue.

- Accommodation the night before the expeditions

- Your personal clothing and some camping equipment.

- Your personal expedition food.

- Collection at the finish points.

- Transport at the end of the practice back to the dormitory / campsite. (8 day package)

What modes of transport do you offer?

At all three levels we are able to run expeditions in Walking, Canoeing and Kayaking.

At Gold we offer Walking and Canoeing as standard. If you wish to discuss the possibility of a Gold Kayak, please get in touch!

Where do you run the Expeditions?

Usual areas of Expedition are:

Walking:

- Dartmoor

Canoeing/Kayaking:

- River Wye

- Kennet and Avon Canal

(Other areas are also available at times)

If you are struggling to find a expedition that suits you or you have a preformed group of four or more, please just get in touch at DofE@JurassicWatersports.co.uk and we will try to arrange a expedition to suit you.

If you are struggling to find a expedition that suits you or you have a preformed group of four or more, please just get in touch at DofE@JurassicWatersports.co.uk and we will try to arrange a expedition to suit you.

Training/Practice

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Day 1 is a training day. We will meet you at a campsite, we kick things off with a kit check, to ensure you are equipped with all necessary equipment, then you will set up camp. We will spend a few minutes just discussing campsite choice for the next few days and make sure you all know how to set up your tents. We will then spend the rest of the day out on the hill, putting your navigation skills to the test. Once back on camp in the evening we will discuss a few bits about first aid and emergency action plans ETC. This training day is designed to completely prepare you for the challenge that is a completely independent Gold Expedition.

Day 2, 3 and 4 is your official Practice Expedition. We will set you off on one of our tried and tested routes. Our practice routes have all be specifically chosen to be challenging enough to help develop the skills learnt on your training day, without being overwhelming. We will ensure you are safe and happy throughout with multiple checkpoints. On completion of the practice expedition, your Supervisor will give you and your team a full debrief, ensuring any questions or worries are sorted and you are fully prepared to take on the challenge of your Qualifying Expedition.

Qualifying

This Expedition will be 100% self-sufficient. You will have pre-arranged checkpoints with your supervisors each day, apart from those checkpoints, you and your team will operate be completely independently.

On completion of the qualifying expedition, your team will deliver your expedition aim presentation to your Assessor who will then sit down with you and your team and run through a full debrief. After your expedition, your Assessor will upload a full Assessors report, direct to your eDofE account.

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Book a Package

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Book both your Practice and Qualifying Expeditions at the same time, for selected dates and receive a special discounted package price!

By booking package dates, we can usually ensure that you complete both your qualifying and practice expeditions with the same group members, which is far from guaranteed with most open expeditions. One of the problems with the DofE Award is the drop out rate, ie. the number of participants that fail to complete an award level. One of the biggest contributing factors to student drop out is the loss of motivation between the two expeditions. By booking the two together you give yourself a target to aim for, making sure you go through with the award. We also try to book package dates so that the two expeditions are as close together as possible, also ensuring minimal skill drop between expeditions! We are now able to offer 'Back-To-Back' style expeditions, where you can complete all 8 days of your expedition, in one hit. You will have a evening off in-between the two sets of 4 days where you can go home if you wish, or you can stay on a campsite and one of our team will assist in your resupply of food for the following 4 days.


Training/Practice

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More Info

Day 1 is a training day. We will meet you at a campsite, we kick things off with a kit check, to ensure you are equipped with all necessary equipment, then you will set up camp. We will spend a few minutes just discussing campsite choice for the next few days and make sure you all know how to set up your tents. We will then spend the rest of the day out on the hill, putting your navigation skills to the test. Once back on camp in the evening we will discuss a few bits about first aid and emergency action plans ETC. This training day is designed to completely prepare you for the challenge that is a completely independent Gold Expedition.

Day 2, 3 and 4 is your official Practice Expedition. We will set you off on one of our tried and tested routes. Our practice routes have all be specifically chosen to be challenging enough to help develop the skills learnt on your training day, without being overwhelming. We will ensure you are safe and happy throughout with multiple checkpoints. On completion of the practice expedition, your Supervisor will give you and your team a full debrief, ensuring any questions or worries are sorted and you are fully prepared to take on the challenge of your Qualifying Expedition.

Book Now!

Qualifying

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More Info

This Expedition will be 100% self-sufficient. You will have pre-arranged checkpoints with your supervisors each day, apart from those checkpoints, you and your team will operate be completely independently.

On completion of the qualifying expedition, your team will deliver your expedition aim presentation to your Assessor who will then sit down with you and your team and run through a full debrief. After your expedition, your Assessor will upload a full Assessors report, direct to your eDofE account.

Book Now!

Book a Package

Book Now!

More Info

Book both your Practice and Qualifying Expeditions at the same time, for selected dates and receive a special discounted package price!

By booking package dates, we can usually ensure that you complete both your qualifying and practice expeditions with the same group members, which is far from guaranteed with most open expeditions. One of the problems with the DofE Award is the drop out rate, ie. the number of participants that fail to complete an award level. One of the biggest contributing factors to student drop out is the loss of motivation between the two expeditions. By booking the two together you give yourself a target to aim for, making sure you go through with the award. We also try to book package dates so that the two expeditions are as close together as possible, also ensuring minimal skill drop between expeditions! We are now able to offer 'Back-To-Back' style expeditions, where you can complete all 8 days of your expedition, in one hit. You will have a evening off in-between the two sets of 4 days where you can go home if you wish, or you can stay on a campsite and one of our team will assist in your resupply of food for the following 4 days.

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FAQ's

Do you do discounts for groups?

We do! For some more information or Email: DofE@jurassicwatersports.co.uk for your personalised quote.

If your looking for a school booking, we do those too! make sure to check out the 'DofE For Schools' Page.

What do I need to bring?

The DofE have their own 'Recommended Kit List'. You can also find our own Recommended Kit on our website here.

How do I contact you?

If you have any other questions please email DofE@jurassicwatersports.co.uk or use the 'Contact Us' page.

Is there a lot of paperwork to fill in?

No! All that's needed is a couple of short forms, all of which you can submit online.

I haven't received confirmation?

The online system will send out an automatic confirmation with instructions on what you need to do. If you can’t find the confirmation email, please do check your spam/junk folder as we do some times end up in there! If you still can see anything, please email us at DofE@jurassicwatersports.co.uk and we will endeavour to re send.

Where do you run your Expeditions?

We run from a variety of locations, depending on level of award and mode of transport. Please note, DofE rules stipulate that your Practice and Qualifying Expeditions must be conducted in two seperate areas.

Bronze - Walking

- Wareham Forset

- Purbecks

Bronze - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

- Poole Harbour

Silver - Walking

- Wareham Forest

- Purbecks

- West Dorset

- New Forest

Silver - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

- River Wye

- Poole Harbour

Gold - Walking

- Dartmoor

Gold - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Wye

- Poole Harbour

Is there a minimum and maximum group size?

As per DofE rules, we need a minimum of 4 participants to run, maximum group sizes of 8.

However as a AAP we do at times require more then 4 to run a expedition.

Can I book as a whole Group?

Yes! If you have a group of 4+ ready to book we might be able to arrange a date to suit you! Get in touch to discuss!

What if you cancel?

We try our best not to cancel any sessions but sometimes the grate British weather has other ideas! If we are forced to cancel due to unsafe conditions, we will contact you as soon as possible by phone, as well as a confirmation email, to let you know the session is not going ahead. We will try and rebook you in as soon as is convenient for you.

What if I cancel?

Less then 7 days after booking:

We offer a 7 day cooling off period. If you decide to cancel within days of booking we will offer a full refund. (This is only if none of the following conditions apply)

Over 30 days before Expedition:

If you cancel your expedition more then 30 days before the expedition start date, we will do our best to either move your booking, or offer a refund. However, we may only be able to offer a refund of 50%.

Under 30 days until Expedition:

Any cancelations made less than 30 days before your Expedition start date are not eligible for a refund. This is because we would already have staff and campsites in place that will not be refundable. Cancelation this late could also mean the expedition needs to be cancelled, meaning we may have to compensate other participants. That being said, if it is possible, we will offer to move your booking.

FAQ's

Do you do discounts for groups?

We do! For some more information or Email: DofE@jurassicwatersports.co.uk for your personalised quote.

If your looking for a school booking, we do those too! make sure to check out the 'DofE For Schools' Page.

What do I need to bring?

The DofE have their own 'Recommended Kit List'. You can also find our own Recommended Kit on our website here.

How do I contact you?

If you have any other questions please email DofE@jurassicwatersports.co.uk or use the 'Contact Us' page.

Is there a lot of paperwork to fill in?

No! All that's needed is a couple of short forms, all of which you can submit online.

I haven't received confirmation?

The online system will send out an automatic confirmation with instructions on what you need to do. If you can’t find the confirmation email, please do check your spam/junk folder as we do some times end up in there! If you still can see anything, please email us at DofE@jurassicwatersports.co.uk and we will endeavour to re send.

Where do you run your Expeditions?

We run from a variety of locations, depending on level of award and mode of transport. Please note, DofE rules stipulate that your Practice and Qualifying Expeditions must be conducted in two seperate areas.

Bronze - Walking

- Wareham Forset

- Purbecks

Bronze - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

- Poole Harbour

Silver - Walking

- Wareham Forest

- Purbecks

- West Dorset

- New Forest

Silver - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

- River Wye

- Poole Harbour

Gold - Walking

- Dartmoor

Gold - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Wye

- Poole Harbour

Is there a minimum and maximum group size?

As per DofE rules, we need a minimum of 4 participants to run, maximum group sizes of 8.

However as a AAP we do at times require more then 4 to run a expedition.

Can I book as a whole Group?

Yes! If you have a group of 4+ ready to book we might be able to arrange a date to suit you! Get in touch to discuss!

What if you cancel?

We try our best not to cancel any sessions but sometimes the grate British weather has other ideas! If we are forced to cancel due to unsafe conditions, we will contact you as soon as possible by phone, as well as a confirmation email, to let you know the session is not going ahead. We will try and rebook you in as soon as is convenient for you.

What if I cancel?

Less then 7 days after booking:

We offer a 7 day cooling off period. If you decide to cancel within days of booking we will offer a full refund. (This is only if none of the following conditions apply)

Over 30 days before Expedition:

If you cancel your expedition more then 30 days before the expedition start date, we will do our best to either move your booking, or offer a refund. However, we may only be able to offer a refund of 50%.

Under 30 days until Expedition:

Any cancelations made less than 30 days before your Expedition start date are not eligible for a refund. This is because we would already have staff and campsites in place that will not be refundable. Cancelation this late could also mean the expedition needs to be cancelled, meaning we may have to compensate other participants. That being said, if it is possible, we will offer to move your booking.

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