DofE Open Silver Canoeing & Kayaking

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

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 even create private Facebook groups to get the planning discussions started and help you get to know people on your Expedition!

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

DofE Open Silver Canoeing & Kayaking

Your Expedition Package includes

DofE Open Silver Canoeing & Kayaking
  • 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

Standard Practice & Qualifying Expedition

Practice Expedition

During your practice paddle, teams will be remotely supervised and offered further instruction until they are confident that the teams are 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!

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

DofE Open Silver Canoeing & Kayaking

What you will need to provide:

DofE Open Silver Canoeing & Kayaking

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