Can’t join your 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 a closed Facebook page to get the planning discussions started and help you get to know people on your Expedition!

To take part in the Silver DofE Kayaking and Canoe Expedition, you must be at a 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 our Practice over three days and two nights and our Qualifying over four days and three nights, with both containing a full day's training and familiarisation session at the beginning.



  • Practice £280 pp
  • Qualifying £280pp

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.

For all our DofE Open Groups, we create private Facebook groups to get the planning discussions started and help you get to know everyone.

We need a minimum of five participants to run a Practice only, Expedition only or the new four day all-in-one session. 

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 organised 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    

Our DofE Silver Kayaking and Canoeing Silver Expedition takes place at our dedicated centre in Poole Harbour. 

The centre 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
    • 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