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Gold Expeditions

It is important to state firstly that participants do not have to complete their expedition with school. They can undertake an open expedition with an outside activity approved provider details can be found on the dofe website 

Participants will have the option to either undertake a walking or canoeing expedition at Gold.

Mandatory Training

There is a minimum level of training in each award that participants must undertake, however you must have your supervisor's approval before you are able to undertake the qualifying expedition - this may mean undertaking more training than the minimum requirement.

Before undertaking your assessment you must attend and pass the gold training weekend and the planning day. The planning time slot will be dependent on the date you choose for your assessment.

IF you are a direct entrant then you must also complete the direct entrant core skills weekend (non residential).

FULL ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY - You will be not be released for sports events or any other activities either involving or outside of school during any of the training or expedition. 

Numbers are restricted to 24 students per event for canoeing and 28 students per event for walking. So please book your training weekends and expedition early to avoid disappointment!

Expedition Dates

All students must complete 1 each of the following:

 

If you are a direct entrant and/or are wanting to undertake a canoeing expedition but didn’t complete a canoeing expedition at Silver, you must attend the Direct Entrant Gold Core Skills Training Weekend:

 

Direct Entrant Gold Core Skills Training            07-08 Oct 2023         £80

 

Practice Expedition:

Mode of Travel                    Location                  Dates                               Cost

Canoeing                            River Wye                26-29 Oct 2023              £280

Walking                              Brecon                      24-27 Nov 2023             £240

 

Planning Session (3.5 hours): Cost £25

Canoeing                   02 Mar 2024 AM or PM

Walking                     03 Mar 2024 AM or PM

 

UK Assessment Expeditions:

 

Mode of Travel                 Location                           Dates                              Cost

Canoeing                          The Spey, Scotland      17-22 Aug 2024             £500

Walking                            Lake District                  23-27 Mar 2024            £350

 

Overseas Expeditions:

 

Mode of Travel                Location                Dates                                   Cost

Canoeing                         Canada                   27 Jul – 14 Aug 2024         £2,850

 

Maximum of 24 - All Training and Practice Dates are included in the price.

There is also an additional training dates on 06-07 Jul 2024

 

Mode of Travel              Location               Dates                                 Cost

Walking                           Bavaria              23-29 Aug 2024               £1,400

Maximum of 16 - All Training and Practice Dates are included in the price.

There is also an additional training dates on 30 May – 02 Jun 2024

Total Costs:

UK Canoeing Expedition: £805 & £80 for core skills training if required

UK Walking Expedition: £590£80 for core skills training if required

Canada Canoeing Expedition: £2,850

Bavaria Walking Expedition: £1,400

Prices Include:

Walking: the expeditions being staffed by qualified mountain leaders and backup safety personnel, provision of tents and camping equipment, campsite fees and transport from and return to Pate's.

Canoeing: the expeditions being staffed by qualified canoe instructors and backup safety personnel, provision and transport of canoes, river licence and launch fees, provision of tents and camping equipment, campsite fees and transport from and return to Pate's.

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