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duke of edinburgh award expeditions - river severn

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Embark on a journey of adventure and personal growth with Duke of Edinburgh's Award canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board expeditions in the heart of the Midlands. Whether you're pursuing the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level, our experienced team members will support your expedition on the River Severn or beyond, providing a challenging yet rewarding experience. Join us to develop teamwork, navigation, and outdoor skills while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region. Dare to push your limits and earn your Duke of Edinburgh's Award with our unforgettable expeditions.


Paddlesports Skills Training Programme includes training in paddlesports skills, water rescue skills, map reading and familiarisation with OS maps, meal planning, basic first aid, emergency action plans, practical navigation training, equipment familiarisation and kit checks. 


The programme also includes route planning sessions, practice expedition, and assessed expedition with assessor reporting, and campsite fees. We also provide transportation of equipment to and from start and finish points.


There will always be a minimum of 2 supervisors present, as well as a minimum ratio of 1:12 for expeditions and training days.


Equipment we provide includes paddlesports craft (canoe, kayak, SUP), paddles, buoyancy aid, 60L dry bags per person and per craft, expedition tents, laminated maps, compasses, and gas stoves with gas.

DofE Locations


While most of our expeditions are conducted on the River Severn, we're flexible and can accommodate other locations that suit your preferences and expedition requirements.

Bear Creek Adventures is proud to be an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 


what's incluced

  • A dedicated Expedition Course Director who is on hand to assist before, during, and after the expedition.

  • A thorough pre-expedition administrative package for participants, schools, and guardians, including necessary consent forms, equipment lists, etc.

  • Support with expedition-related documentation, including completing operating authority notifications, green forms, and risk assessments.

  • Premium training in an environment similar to the expedition locale.

  • Skilled instructors with National Governing Body certifications appropriate for their working environment. Our instructors are also equipped with up-to-date first aid certifications and Enhanced DBS checks (refer to the Overview page for more details).

  • Participant training materials and notes.

  • Full supervision and developmental training throughout the program, including overnight supervision when agreed upon. Our goal is to foster personal and practical skill development in young people, both individually and as part of a team.

  • Accommodation costs for participants, whether at campsites or in bunkhouses.

  • Consistent support, smiles, and encouragement!

We also offer the following gear as needed:

  • Boats, Paddles, and Buoyancy Aids (for water-based activities)

  • Tents & Group Shelters

  • Cooking Stoves & Fuel

  • Group First Aid Kits

  • Maps & Compasses


Price & how to book


Pricing for Water-Based Expedition Packages

The crucial details on pricing: Our pricing model is straightforward. We charge £55.00  per participant per day, regardless of the award level. For instance, a complete Bronze package, which encompasses 2 days of training and a 4-day expedition (2 days for practice and 2 days for the qualifying expedition), would be £330.00 per participant.


A Silver package, including 2 days of training, a 3-day practice, and a 3-day qualifying expedition, totals £440.00 per participant.


For the Gold package, which spans 9 days (encompassing training, practice, and the qualifying expedition), the total cost is £495.00 per participant. Participants needing only the Gold qualifying expedition (assuming prior completion of training and practice) would be charged £220.00 each. Additional training days can be arranged upon request for an extra.

Please call us on 01384 929078 or email to discuss your DofE requirements. 

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