As one of the fastest growing watersports in the world, it’s no wonder more and more people are doing their Bronze DofE Expedition in Paddleboarding*.   Also, the conditions are perfect here in Poole Harbour.

Can’t join your school or local group Expedition but really need to complete your Bronze Paddleboarding? You’ve come to the right place! Come and join a Harbour Challenge Open Group, qualify for your Bronze with others in the same position and make new friends.

We run both our Practice and Qualifying Expeditions over three days and two nights.   Both Expeditions contain a full day's training and familiarisation at the beginning.

*Participants must be at a British Canoeing 1* level or be able to demonstrate a good paddling ability to qualify for entry on these Expeditions.



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

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

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Harbour Challenge is easy to find - we are in the centre of Hamworthy Park in Poole. You can leave your car at Hamworthy Park Surface Car Park, take the main path through the park, past the cafe, and we are located near to the water’s edge.

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  • Expedition Package Includes

    Practice Expedition

    Qualifying Expedition

    Equipment, food and cooking

    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