duke of edinburgh

Gold Award

Adventurous Journey Provider

Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey section of the DoE Award aims to take young people out of their comfort zone within a safe and secure setting.

Working in a small group, all participants plan, train for and undertake a journey with a purpose, in an unfamiliar environment with training and supervision from the team at Adventure Specialties Trust!

Training

1/2 Day

Practice

3 Days 2 Nights

Qualifier

4 Days 3 Nights

Exclusively for you!

This year we’re partnering with Saint Kentigern College to help their students to  complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award through the pursuit of Sea Kayaking.

Once you have completed your Training Session, sign up for our Practice and Qualifying Expeditions to complete the Adventurous Journey section of your Gold DoE Award.

Practice Expeditions

Practice Expeditions

3 days 2 nights

The emphasis on these trips is that you will pick up the skills and experience necessary to go into the Qualifying Expedition with a good sense of what is required to lead yourselves.

These Practice Expeditions will be based in and around the beautiful Mahurangi Harbour.
The weather forecast on the days will determine our route but we will aim to start and finish at Wenderholm Regional Park; from here we have a number of options around a few coastal islands and the Mahurangi Harbour itself.

Pick which dates suit you!

Trip 1

PractiCe Expedition

Tuesday 29th Sept – Thursday 1st Oct

Trip 2

PRACTICE Expedition

Tuesday 6th Oct – Thursday 8th Oct

0 Spaces Remaining on Trip 1

0 Spaces Remaining on Trip 2

* Please note minimum numbers are required for each trip to go ahead

On day one of your trip please meet us at the Wenderholm Regional Park
at the carpark beside the Jetty at 8:30am.

We will be back there on day three by 3.00pm.

How to register

Fill out our Medical and Consent Form (click here)

Step 2: Pay your fee

Step 3: That’s it, now you’re good to go!

See you at Wenderholm Regional Park Jetty at 8:30am on the first day of your trip.

 

 

Make sure you complete your Training Booklet (click here) and bring it with you!

We can’t take you on the practice expedition without evidence of training. That evidence is provided by the booklet and the weekend training session where we will check in with you about the booklet and whether you’ve done it or not.

Practice Expedition Cost

 

$460

 

St Kents DoE Practice Trip Fees

Cancellation Policy

20% of the total programme cost will be payable to confirm your booking.
If you cancel your booking within 60 days from the start date of a confirmed programme, the 20% deposit is non-refundable.
If you cancel your booking within 30 days from the start date of a confirmed programme, 50% of the total programme cost will be payable.
If you cancel your booking within 7 days from the start date of a confirmed programme, the full programme cost will be payable.

 If we do not receive sufficient interest to confirm your programme dates then you will be given the option of transferring your booking to alternative dates or a refund in full. If a confirmed programme is postponed by Adventure Specialties Trust due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, your booking deposit will be transferred to the postponed dates.  If you cannot attend these new dates you will need to inform AST within 7 days of the announcement of the new programme dates, upon which a full refund will be offered to you.  Adventure Specialties Trust reserves the right to waive this policy on a case by case basis.

What to Bring

Adventure Specialties Trust will provide:

Sea Kayaks (2 person / double seated)

 Sea Kayak Related Safety Equipment

 Tents (2 person)

 Basic Bed Rolls

 Mini 2 Person Cookers and Cooking Equipment

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
(don’t forget your completed training booklet wink)

Training Booklet

 

Click Here to Download

 

This training booklet is designed to introduce you to the types of information that need to be gathered to plan and prepare a Sea Kayak Expedition. The tasks will give you an overview of Sea Kayaking history, development, safety equipment, and related gear. You will also research and learn about weather forecasts, encountering wildlife, kayak friendly meals, and the Leave no Trace philosophy for NZ Outdoors.

 

THIS BOOKLET NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT WITH YOU ON YOUR PRACTICE EXPEDITION SO IT CAN BE SIGNED OFF BY OUR QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED STAFF.
THEN YOU MUST SUBMIT IT TO MR KEMP AT SCHOOL

 

 

qualifier Expeditions

Where do you want to go?

 

Work collaborativly to design a four day route based around the islands of the inner Hauraki Gulf. There are a number of route options for different campsites, various wind directions and tides in the Hauraki Gulf.

What do you want to eat?

 

Buddy up and plan your menu!
What did you wish you had brought to eat on your Practice Expedition? – add it to your menu this time!

Where do you want to camp?

 

There are multiple campsites maintained by the Department of Conservation and Auckland Regional Council in the Hauraki Gulf.

Qualifier Expeditions

4 days 3 nights

LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!

Now that you’ve been taught some basic sea kayaking skills in your Training Session, have done some research and planning in your Training Booklet and had a chance to enhance those skills during your Practice Expedition it’s time to take ownership of YOUR JOURNEY and plan your Qualifying Expedition.

You need to get together with the other students on your Qualifier Expedition and work together to design one route plan (and a bad weather plan B) for the Hauraki Gulf – much like you did in your Training Booklet for the planning assignment, except this time, collaboratively. Remember to take into account the DoE Gold Expedition requirements for Adventurous Journey’s e.g. hours of purposeful effort, hours spent journeying for expeditions etc. You can find all the DoE requirements in the DoE International Handbook (Chapter 8 Adventurous Journey pg 76-102) on their website. You will also need to think about, plan and organise your own menu/food.

Pick which dates suit you!

Trip 1

Qualifier Expedition

Wednesday 9th Dec – Saturday 12th Decc

Trip 2

Qualifier Expedition

Monday 14th Dec – Thursday 17th Dec

Spaces Remaining on Trip 1

Spaces Remaining on Trip 2

* Please note minimum numbers are required for each trip to go ahead

Registrations are on a first in first served basis and are updated weekly on Wednesdays

St Kents Students Booked and Paid
on Trip 1:
  1. Emma Jorgenson
  2. Sarah Harper
  3. Akshay Varma-Vegesna
  4. Danielle Mayer
  5. Jimmy Liao
  6. Simon Sung
  7. Grant Slark
  8. Sarina Wang
  9. Isabeau Pan
  10. Kyle Heron
  11. Kevin He
  12.  

(These are the people you need to design your route with)

St Kents Students Booked and Paid
on Trip 2:
  1. Hayley Adams
  2. Tayla Craigen
  3. William Harrington-Sim
  4. Abigail Riach
  5. Laura Wise
  6. Sophia Hynds
  7. Addison Peebles
  8. Hannah Riley
  9. Luka Borland-Lye
  10. Maya Anand-Sobti
  11. Lucy Frizzell
  12. Alex Facer
  13. Chloe Beeche
  14. Charlotte Symons
  15. Charlotte Cornwall
  16. Tessa Birch

(These are the people you need to design your route with)

Get together and plan your qualifier

  • You need to plan:
    • Route Plan A for Hauraki Gulf
    • Back up Route Plan B in case of bad weather
    • Start/finish meeting times and locations
    • Which campsites we need to book for you
    • Your meals/food

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  • Let us know your plan
    • Email anita@adventurespecialties.co.nz
    • At least 10 days before the start of your qualifier expedition
    • With Route Plan A & B, meeting times, start/finish locations, campsite bookings
Feel free to download and use our template (click here)

Qualifier Expedition Cost

$690

 

St Kents DoE Gold Qualifier Trip Fees

Trip Fees

Qualifier Expedition Cost

St Kents DoE Gold Qualifier Trip Fees

Trip Fees

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How to register

  1. Pay your trip fee
  2. Click here to fill in our Medical and Consent form if you have not completed one in the last 6 months
  3. Your name will be added to the trip list above (updated weekly on Wednesdays) once your payment clears
  4. THAT’S ALL – easy as, now start working on your route plans with the others on your trip!

Cancellation Policy

20% of the total programme cost will be payable to confirm your booking.
If you cancel your booking within 60 days from the start date of a confirmed programme, the 20% deposit is non-refundable.
If you cancel your booking within 30 days from the start date of a confirmed programme, 50% of the total programme cost will be payable.
If you cancel your booking within 7 days from the start date of a confirmed programme, the full programme cost will be payable.

If we do not receive sufficient interest to confirm your programme dates then you will be given the option of transferring your booking to alternative dates or a refund in full. If a confirmed programme is postponed by Adventure Specialties Trust (AST) due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, your booking deposit will be transferred to the postponed dates.  If you cannot attend these new dates you will need to inform AST within 7 days of the announcement of the new programme dates, upon which a full refund will be offered to you.  Adventure Specialties Trust reserves the right to waive this policy on a case by case basis.

Need help or want more information?

Phone: (09) 837 6033 ask for Jeff or Anita
Email: anita@adventurespecialties.co.nz
          jeff@adventurespecialties.co.nz