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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Canoe expeditions

We offer canoe expeditons for teams at any level of award with no previous experiance needed.

 

This is a clip of our team running the river Teifi ahead of a gold group, this was to ensuring there were no major hazards in the water and still giving the group the independence they enjoy whilst remaining safe.

 

Expeditioning in a canoe varies depending on your choice of route:

Open Water, a good example of this would be the Great Glen’s Canoe Trail in scotland. It runs from coast to coast (it's a rare one to say you have paddled from one side of a country to the other) it is a stunning route taking views of Ben Nevis and being up close and personal with Loch Ness. During the training for this trip we teach you all you need to know including improvised sailing just incase there happens to be a nice breeze. Wildcamp on night one is breathtaking you wake up looking out across the water to see the remains of snow near the summit of Ben Nevis for most of the year.

River running We run training to a high standard so that groups can be independant during their expeditions. If you have never canoed before river running is a great way to see the countryside. By packing all your kit in dry bags you are able to travel good distances seeing the countryside change as you head down river. There are various rivers around the UK which are long enough to support your expedition, for more information contact us by phone or email.

Canals around the country are suitable for groups to do either the initial training before heading out on a river, or more than suitable for first timers heading out on a Bronze award.

 

During Canoe expeditions will provide qualified staff to train and provide safety throughout the whole process. There are a few more skills to learn than a walking expedition. We have found that this is a fun process to go through, training normally ends up with good tales and lots of laughing.

We have found that this can be a great alternative to walking expeditions where a person can not physically walk for a long time but still allows them to do their DofE awards.

Improvised canoe sailing.JPGGroup using improvised sails on the Great Glens canoe trail.

Canoe balance game.jpgWe make training safe and fun all in one 

Canoeing down the Wye.JPGWorking hard on the river

 

We tailor all training to the proposed expeditions to be undertaken, with this in mind it is worth having an idea of your expedition or talk through some options with us.