We understand there are plenty of reasons why you might not be able to complete your Expedition with your school or local group. All is not lost! Come and join an open group of like-minded individuals and achieve your Bronze Kayaking and Canoeing Expedition.

Here at Harbour Challenge Outdoor Activity Centre in Poole, we have decades of industry knowledge, highly trained leaders and quality kit. We will be with you throughout the process and we create a closed Facebook group to get the planning discussions started and help you get to know people in advance of  your Expedition!

To take part in the Bronze DofE Bronze Kayaking and Canoeing Expedition, you must be at  British Canoeing 2* level paddling. If you haven’t got this yet and you live near Poole, click here for how we can help with a discounted price

We run each of our Practice and Qualifying Expeditions over three days and two nights, with both containing a full days training and familiarisation session at the beginning.

Practice Expedition

During your Practice paddle, teams will be remotely supervised and offered further instruction until they are confident that the team is fully ready to be independent. They will then be monitored remotely, purely for safety purposes. On arriving back at camp, our leaders will supervise the camping and cooking arrangement and each team will be de-briefed by their leader.

Qualifying Expedition

Groups are remotely supervised and assessed by our qualified DofE Assessor to allow them to safely complete their Expedition. Following completion, the Assessor with debrief all groups and complete the dreaded paperwork!



  • Practice £210 pp
  • Qualifying £210 pp
  • Practice & Qualifying £390

Money from every activity you purchase goes directly to helping those less fortunate to try the same activities. You can see where your money makes a difference by checking out our charity page for our latest projects.

We need a minimum of five participants to run an Expedition. All DofE bookings are taken on the basis that if we do not achieve this minimum on a particular Expedition we will give you the option to change to an alternative date or we will provide you with a full refund.

For previously established groups of four or more people bespoke dates can be organized on request. 

We have a dedicated groups co-ordinator who will be happy to help with any enquiries, please call  01202 403276 for a chat or email info@harbourchallenge.org.uk

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The Bronze Kayaking and Canoe Expedition is based in Poole Harbour and includes the rivers Piddle and Frome. Thought of another location in Dorset, get in contact and we will see what we can do!

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  • Expedition Package Includes
    • Practice Expedition
    • Qualifying Expedition
    • Packing barrels and boats
    • Chart skills
    • Practical navigation 
    • Route planning 
    • Compass work 
    • Basic first aid
    • Camp craft 
    • Emergency procedures
    • Use of kayaks or canoes, wetsuits, wind proofs and buoyancy aids
    • Cost of campsite fees
    • Barrel for kit
    • Expedition equipment, including tents, cooking stoves and fuel for stoves
    • Support and guidance from our office before and after your Expedition