Open Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Canoe Expeditions


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  provides Bronze expeditions by  canoe. We held a zoom information meeting in about these expeditions which we recorded and can be seen on our youtube page or if you click the link below


You do not need to have canoed or camped before we will provide you with the skills you need to do this. The canoes are very stable.

 At Bronze level the expedition is 2 days with 1 overnight camp. We run the expedtion training directly before the expedition so that students camp for a night on site before starting their expedition. You have to be self-sufficient on the journey and take everything with you for 2 days. It is really important that your expedition has a clear aim, which could be to explore the team dynamics of the group or develop a promotional video for the Award. At the end of the expedition you will then do a presentation of what you have discovered or achieved.

The expedition is a self-sufficient journey where participants will either 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.

Canoe Training will include:

  • Canoe paddle and rescue skills
  • Expedition Cooking and campcraft skills, including how to use a kelly kettle and fire box
  • First Aid training
  • Countryside code
  • Team work and communications

As part of the training, students might be able to gain their British Canoeing Start and Discover award  (Old British Canoe Union 1  star and 2 star awards)

Canoe training  happens before practice expedition but all students need to attend the pre expedition zoom meetings. All students have to show competence is all areas of expedition by the end of the practice expedition  and will be given an assessment sheet. If they are unable to show competence after the first practice expedition they will need to complete another one. Exact dates will be determined once we know numbers and the school have confirmed dates


Students are responsible for organising and paying for their own transport, and we encourage student to take public transport as much as possible. The aim of this is to encourage independence and learning. If on expedition student become ill or need to go home parents are responsible for arranging to collect students

Equipment and maps

The cost of the expeditions by canoe  includes boats, buoyancy aids, paddles and dry barrels for canoe expedition, but students will need to bring all their own clothing including welly boots. Due to Corona Virus we can no longer provide maps but we do provide a pdf which students can print off and laminate

Costs Canoe Expeditions

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

Canoe Training: 1  days of canoe skills at the riverside campsite. Qualified BCU instructors and First Aid trainers.

Canoe  Expedition: 2 days and 1 nights canoeing and camping BCU staff in direct supervision.

Breakdown of costs for Bronze Award Expeditions

DofE Admin Fee £25
1 days training £65
2 days 1 nights practice expedition £130
Total Cost of expeditions £220

What happens next?

If you would like to undertake your DofE Bronze Award you need to:

  1. Return the enrolment form  and expedition medical form  to  JoyofAdventure
  2. Arrange to make an inital payment
  3. A parents /student information meeting will be arrange and dates set for training and expeditions

Expedition payments are non returnable but are transferable to other JoyofAdventure expeditions. If expeditions are cancelled or postponed due to corona virus we offer a full refund




To access the booking form click the link below