Duke Of Edinburgh - Gold

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

At Jurassic Watersports we recognise the fact that for many young people (and their parents!),the very thought of a Gold Expedition in Wild Country is terrifying! When you book with Jurassic Watersports, you can rest assured that the Team of experienced Expedition staff we provide have extensive training in the terrain, experience of countless Expeditions and are working as part of a exceptional AALA Licenced instructor Team.

When you book with Jurassic Watersports, 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. 4days, completely independent, wild camping, operating in areas like Dartmoor, completely self-sufficient as a Team.

At Jurassic Watersports we recognise the fact that for many young people (and their parents!),the very thought of a Gold Expedition in Wild Country is terrifying! When you book with Jurassic Watersports, you can rest assured that the Team of experienced Expedition staff we provide have extensive training in the terrain, experience of countless Expeditions and are working as part of a exceptional AALA Licenced instructor Team.

When you book with Jurassic Watersports, 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 Jurassic Watersports?

The Team at Jurassic Watersports have over 20 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 

We also provide a Team of Experienced and Qualified Supervisors/Assessors for all Expeditions. Campsite Fees are NOT included in these prices.

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?

Walking:

- Dartmoor

Canoeing/Kayaking:

- River Wey

- Kennet and Avon Canal

How do I book?

Click any one of the ‘Book Now’ Links or select the relevant activity from the ‘Book Now’ page and fill in our online booking form.

We only offer limited availability for online bookings of Expeditions. If you cannot find a date to suit your availability, please email us at Info@JurassicWatersports.co.uk or contact us via the 'Contact Us' page.

Why book with Jurassic Watersports?

The Team at Jurassic Watersports have over 20 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 

We also provide a Team of Experienced and Qualified Supervisors/Assessors for all Expeditions. Campsite Fees are NOT included in these prices.

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?

Walking:

- Dartmoor

Canoeing/Kayaking:

- River Wey

- Kennet and Avon Canal

How do I book?

Click any one of the ‘Book Now’ Links or select the relevant activity from the ‘Book Now’ page and fill in our online booking form.

We only offer limited availability for online bookings of Expeditions. If you cannot find a date to suit your availability, please email us at Info@JurassicWatersports.co.uk or contact us via the 'Contact Us' page.

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

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

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 practice day, without being overwhelming. We will ensure you are safe and happy throughout with multiple checkpoints. On completion of the practice Expedition, your Instructor Team 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

Day 1 is a ‘Familiarisation’ day, this day is spent checking kit, getting to know your team and instructors and a final chance to tune up any skills, while also settling in to your environment for the next few days.  

Day 2 marks the start of your official 4 day and 3 night qualifying Expedition. 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, you and 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 send each member of the group a completed copy of the Jurassic Watersports Assessors report, as well as uploading a copy 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. A huge problem with the DofE Award is the drop out rate, 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 expeds!


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 practice day, without being overwhelming. We will ensure you are safe and happy throughout with multiple checkpoints. On completion of the practice Expedition, your Instructor Team 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.

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Qualifying

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More Info

Day 1 is a ‘Familiarisation’ day, this day is spent checking kit, getting to know your team and instructors and a final chance to tune up any skills, while also settling in to your environment for the next few days.  

Day 2 marks the start of your official 4 day and 3 night qualifying Expedition. 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, you and 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 send each member of the group a completed copy of the Jurassic Watersports Assessors report, as well as uploading a copy 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. A huge problem with the DofE Award is the drop out rate, 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 expeds!

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Our Canoeing Expeditions run almost exactly the same as our Walking Expeds. Our focus is still 100% on providing a completely stress free and relaxed Expedition experience. The only differences are:

Practice Expedition – Our Canoeing Expedition training days focus almost entirely on water rescue training and paddle techniques. These training days are 90%practical, on the water, (and some in the water!) with your instructor running you through various rescues and developing your long-distance paddle techniques.

Qualifying Expedition – Your familiarisation day is more of a skills assessment day. We will again run through all rescues and paddle techniques to ensure each Team member is sufficiently competent to safely execute their expedition.


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Our Canoeing Expeditions run almost exactly the same as our Walking Expeds. Our focus is still 100% on providing a completely stress free and relaxed Expedition experience. The only differences are:

Practice Expedition – Our Canoeing Expedition training days focus almost entirely on water rescue training and paddle techniques. These training days are 90%practical, on the water, (and some in the water!) with your instructor running you through various rescues and developing your long-distance paddle techniques.

Qualifying Expedition – Your familiarisation day is more of a skills assessment day. We will again run through all rescues and paddle techniques to ensure each Team member is sufficiently competent to safely execute their expedition.

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FAQ's

Do you do discounts for groups?

We do! Checkout the 'Groups' page for some more information or Email: info@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'. When you book, we will also send you our own, full kit list.

How do I contact you?

If you have any other questions please email info@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 info@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.

Bronze - Walking

- Wareham Forset

- Purbecks

Bronze - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

Silver - Walking

- Wareham Forset

- Purbecks

- West Dorset

Silver - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

- River Wey

Gold - Walking

- Dartmoor

Gold - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Wey

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.

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?

You can request to move your Booking for free at any time up to 14 days before your session, we do try to make changes when requested however in exceptional circumstances we may be un able too.

If you cancel your Booking:

Over 30 days before Booking:

Any cancelations made more than 30 days before your booking, are eligible for a full refund, or we can rearrange your booking for free.

Under 30 days before booking:

Any cancelations made less than 30 days before your booking, are eligible for a 50% refund, or we can rearrange your booking for free.

Under 14 days before booking:

Any cancelations made less than 30 days before your booking, are eligible for a 25% refund, or we can rearrange your booking for a different time (inside the 14 day window may incur a admin fee of£10).

Under 7 days before Booking:

Any cancelations made less than 7 days before your Booking, are not eligible for a refund, we can rearrange your booking for a different time (inside the 7 day window may incur a admin fee of £15).

Under 48 hours before Booking:

Any cancelations made less than 48 hours before your booking, are not eligible for a refund. We will always try our best to rearrange your booking, however we cannot guarantee a rearrangement at this late a time. (if we are able to rearrange for you, it may incur an admin fee.)

FAQ's

Do you do discounts for groups?

We do! Checkout the 'Groups' page for some more information or Email: info@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'. When you book, we will also send you our own, full kit list.

How do I contact you?

If you have any other questions please email info@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 info@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.

Bronze - Walking

- Wareham Forset

- Purbecks

Bronze - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

Silver - Walking

- Wareham Forset

- Purbecks

- West Dorset

Silver - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Thames

- River Wey

Gold - Walking

- Dartmoor

Gold - Canoeing/Kayaking

- Kennet and Avon Canal

- River Wey

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.

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?

You can request to move your Booking for free at any time up to 14 days before your session, we do try to make changes when requested however in exceptional circumstances we may be un able too.

If you cancel your Booking:

Over 30 days before Booking:

Any cancelations made more than 30 days before your booking, are eligible for a full refund, or we can rearrange your booking for free.

Under 30 days before booking:

Any cancelations made less than 30 days before your booking, are eligible for a 50% refund, or we can rearrange your booking for free.

Under 14 days before booking:

Any cancelations made less than 30 days before your booking, are eligible for a 25% refund, or we can rearrange your booking for a different time (inside the 14 day window may incur a admin fee of£10).

Under 7 days before Booking:

Any cancelations made less than 7 days before your Booking, are not eligible for a refund, we can rearrange your booking for a different time (inside the 7 day window may incur a admin fee of £15).

Under 48 hours before Booking:

Any cancelations made less than 48 hours before your booking, are not eligible for a refund. We will always try our best to rearrange your booking, however we cannot guarantee a rearrangement at this late a time. (if we are able to rearrange for you, it may incur an admin fee.)