Open Silver DofE Canoe Expeditions

In 2020 were were unable to go in to schools and colleges due to covid 19, to host introductory meetings so they were recorded on zoom.Below is the link to one of these. Our youtube and face book pages have all the other zoom training sessions we hosted leading up to the 2021

You can begin your Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award when you are in year 10, If your school does not run the award or you have not been able to gain a place on your schools scheme you can still do your DofE as an Open Award candidate and so benfit for meeting people from lots of other schools

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Sections

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months Plan and train for a 3 day/2 night expedition
Direct entrants (No Bronze Award) must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

There is more information about what is required for each section at


This is your chance to train, plan and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. You can undertake your journey on foot, by bicycle or on water. JoyofAdventure delivers Open Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver expeditions by open canoe. At Silver level the expedition is 3 days with 2 overnight camps. You have to be self-sufficient on the journey and take everything with you for 3 days.

The expedition is a self-sufficient journey where participants will  walk or canoe as a group and do not have a staff member with them. Therefore it is essential they are properly trained to be able to complete this section successfully.

Expedition training for canoe expeditions

Duke of Edinburgh expeditions by canoe give participants the opportunity to learn a new skill and adventure along waterways which they have never explored before. They take with them all there equipment and food for 3 days camping at various locations along the river exploring lodes and streams as they go.

Training will include:

  • Canoe paddle and rescue skills
  • Expedition Cooking and campcraft skills
  • First Aid training
  • Countryside code
  • Team work and communications

Equipment and maps
The cost of the expedition includes boats, buoyancy aids, paddles and dry bags, but students will need to bring all their own clothing. Tents, sleeping bags and mats can be borrow for a miminal cost.

The programmes described below work out £65 per person per day for canoeing. Price includes hire of canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and dry bags  (food and transport and campsite fees not included).

Training: 1  days of canoe skills training at Hockwold on the Little Ouse before the practic expedition starts. Qualified BCU instructors and First Aid trainers.
Practice Expedition: 2 days and 2 nights canoeing and camping on the Little Ouse from Hockwold.  DofE and BCU staff in direct supervision.
Assessed Expedition: 3 days and 2 nights canoeing and camping on River Ouse from near Bedford to Earith  (food, camping, transport and fees not included). DofE assessors and BCU staff in direct and remote supervision.

Breakdown of costs for Silver Award Canoe expeditions

DofE Admin fee 


3 days 2 nights practice/training expedition




3 day 2 nights assessed expedition £180
Total Cost of expeditions £380 (in  instalments)


Payment can be spread over the year to help parents with budgeting and there is also a fund to help those who find the costs difficult The Elsie Macracken Project.

If you would like more information about Open Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions please email


What happens next?

If you would like to do The Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award expedition through JoyofAdventure you need to:

1) Return the completed medical form with deposit to
Wild Rose Cottage
Church Walk Lode
CB25 9EX

2) Payment for expeditions can be in stages with an initial payment  of £100 payable to confirm your place on the expedition, Payment by  bank transfer. There are no refund but  can be transfered to other JoyofAdventure expeditions

Contact details

Joy Martin