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Anyone who is still under 23 ½ can registrar for the Gold DofE award. You need to finish by your 25th birthday. It is possible to do your Gold DofE award expedition training and practice and gain the Countryside leaders award.

The Gold DofE Award is an internationally recognised award and is consider valuable by employers who understand that anyone who has completed it has developed considerable skills in team work, communication and problem solving.

There are 5 sections to the Gold DofE award:

  1. Skill section
  2. Physical section
  3. Volunteering Section
  4. Expedition Section
  5. Residential section

We offer Gold and Silver Canoeing expeditions both training, practice and assessment.

Open Gold training for all those doing their Canoeing expeditions with JoyofAdventure take place over a weekend in Cambridgeshire. Over this weekend we cover all the expedition training framework, there are no regular weekly meetings.For those who miss this date we can arrange your landbased training directly before your practice expedition. Dates for all expeditions  are on in the right hand side panal

Open DofE Expedition Canoeing 

Canoeing expeditions take place on the River Ouse, the Norfolk Broads, River Wye River Severn and Sweden. These are all areas of outstanding natural beauty and give participants the opportunity to explore new waterways, visit new places and enjoy camping in the silence and beauty of nature. Campsites are all next to the river and a number allow you to have log fires so that you are able to learn how to make damper bread and toast marshmallows.

Gold Open DofE Canoe Practice expedition:
Specific canoe training will take place either at Lode Fen Lakes  or at the practice expeditions location. This is l then be followed by the 2 day 2 nights  practice expedition either on ther Little Ouse River from Hockwold or on the River Severn from Monford Bridge near Shrewsbury.

Gold Open DofE Canoe Assessed Expedition:
The assessed expedition will either take place in Mid Wales on the river Severn, Norfolk Broads or this year in Sweden

If these dates  in the right hand panel don’t suit you or you have a group wishing to have other dates please do email as we can always organised other expedition dates.

Please email DofE@joyofadventure.co.uk for information.


Course Dates

Open Gold DofE Canoe Training and Practice

Due to the Coronavirus restrictions all expeditions have been postponed until the Government and DofE give us permission to rearrange. As soon as we are given the go ahead we will email all those registered for expeditions with alternative date options. It may be that the listed Assessed expeditions become a practice expedition but it all depends on the timing of the lock down. Any questions do email

Open Gold Assessed Expedition:

Saturday May 23th to Wednesday May 27th River Severn 2020

Sunday June 28th to Thursday July 2nd  River Severn 2020

Thursday August 20th to Wednesday August 26th River Harkan Sweden

Open Gold DofE Canoe training ( land based)

17th and 18th October 2020 Lode CB25 9HF

Open Gold Canoe training and Practice Expedition

27th to 29th March 2021 Little Ouse River and Wissy from Hockwold

8th to 10th April 2021 River Severn from Monford Bridge

Open Gold Assessed Expedition

2nd to 6th May 2021 UK River

June 29th to July 3rd 2021 UK River ( Hills Road Sixth Expedition option)

End of August 2021 Overseas Gold Canoe Assesssed expedition location to be decided but the group.

Happy to arrange training or assessment for groups at other times

Please email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk for information.

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