Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Canoe Expeditions

Due to Corona Virus we were unable to  host introductory  meetings in schools and colleges in 2021 but  hosted regular Zoom meetings. We have recorded the last one so that you can take part in this by clicking on the button below. All other zoom meetings and training session are on our Face book or youtube page


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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

Open DofE Expedition Canoeing  Covid 19 implications

We have worked with industry bodies and British canoeing to be able to offer socailly distanced expeditions.  There is more information under our DofE documents tab.

We offer Bronze, Silver and Gold 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 Spey, 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 on the Little Ouse River at either Hockwold or Thetford. This is l then be followed by the 2 day 2 nights  practice expedition either on ther Little Ouse River . For those wishing to complete their assessed expedition in Scotland we are offering back to back training, practice and assessed expeditions in May 2022

Gold Open DofE Canoe Assessed Expedition:

We are able to offer 3 options

1) Cam River Assessed Expedition. This enables students to explore the Cambridgeshire fen waterways with their abundance of wild life and incredible skys. The aim would be to begin the expeditions near to Bedford and travel to near to Ely.

2) River Spey Assessed Expedition. The River Spey is a classic grade 2 moving water river travelling from the Mountains of Aviemore to the Sea at Spey Bay. The aim is that the training and practice expedition occors directly before the assessed expedition so the practice and assessed expeditions are back to back. For those who wish to do their training over Easter and then join us in Scotland for their assessed only then they are welcome

3) River Harken Sweden. This is a fantastic 5 day journey along this stunning river and lake system in Sweden, giving students the opportunity to explore another country’s water ways, culture and food.

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.

The button below will give you a link to the Gold Expedition information pack and n booking form

The button below will give you a link to a zoom meeting where we decribed the different expedition options


Booking form


Zoom meeting