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Adventurous Journey Provider

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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

Wed 15th – Fri 17th Dec 2021

Trip 2

PRACTICE Expedition

CANCELLED

* Please note minimum numbers are required for each trip to go ahead and registrations are on a first in first served basis
Both your registration and payment are required to secure your place.

Students Registered for Practice Trip 1

Places Taken: 28
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#First NameLast Name
1
Jack
Arbuckle
2
Finn
Bilsborough
3
Jack
Buckingham
4
Hannah
Cavanagh
5
Caleb
Corban
6
Katie
Dirks
7
Christina
Fenwick
8
Gabriella
Fenwick
9
Catherine
Gravit
10
Nicholas
Harford
11
Sophie
Hawes
12
Alissa
Huang
13
Sophie
Kensington
14
Jess
Keyte
15
Xing Xing
Lawrence
16
Luka
Ljubisavljevic
17
Archie
Manning
18
Eva
Melhuish
19
Elizabeth
Mora
20
Samantha
Murray
21
Alex
Perry
22
Emma
Pijnenburg
23
Will
Richardson
24
Arwyn
Stevens
25
Irene
Wang
26
Neve
Webster
27
Zoe
White
28
Isabella
Yock

Students Registered for Practice Trip 2

Places Taken: 0
J20435
What to Bring

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

We 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

Don’t forget to bring your completed training booklet with you too!

Cost

$460

The full cost of the 3 day 2 night Practice Expedition is $460. This includes all specialist kayaking equipment, safety equipment and qualified and experienced instructors.
*An online stripe processing fee will be added at checkout

 

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.

Training Booklet

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.

We can’t take you on the Practice Expedition without evidence of training. That evidence is provided by this training booklet and the weekend training session. During the Practice Expedition we will check in with each of you about the booklet, whether you’ve done it or not and any questions you might have; then we will set aside time to go over the Training Booklet together as a group and sign it off.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR TRAINING BOOKLET

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.

Meeting Times / Locations

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.

Make sure you bring everything on the gear list including food, medication and your competed training booklet. If you have items (tents/cookers etc) that Adventure Specialties Trust is providing and would rather use your own feel free to bring them along and get them checked for safety and suitability by your instructor at the boat ramp before you leave.

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

Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd April 2022

Trip 2

Qualifier Expedition

Tuesday 26 – Friday 29th April 2022

Rescheduled to April school holidays from December 2021 due to COVID

* Please note minimum numbers are required for each trip to go ahead and registrations are on a first in first served basis
Both your registration and payment are required to secure your place

Students Registered for Qualifier Trip 1

(these are the people you need to plan your qualifier with)

Qualifier 1 POSTPONED

Tuesday 4th – 7th Friday October 2022

Places taken (out of 16): 16
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#First NameLast Name
1
Arwyn
Stevens
2
Isabella
Yock
3
Sophie
Kensington
4
Will
Richardson
5
Christina
Fenwick
6
Alex
Perry
7
Nicholas
Harford
8
Irene
Wang
9
Luka
Ljubisavljevic
10
Caleb
Corban
11
Sophie
Hawes
12
Samantha Xing
Lawrence
13
Alissa
Huang
14
Archie
Manning
15
Jess
Keyte
16
Neve
Webster

Students Registered for qualifier Trip 2

(these are the people you need to plan your qualifier with)

Places Taken (out of 16): 11
J20442
#First NameLast Name
1
Hannah
Cavanagh
2
Catherine
Gravit
3
Katie
Dirks
4
Emma
Pijnenburg
5
Jack
Buckingham
6
Elizabeth
Mora
7
Jack
Arbuckle
8
Samantha
Murray
9
Eva
Melhuish
10
Finn
Bilsborough
11
Gabriella
Fenwick

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
    • Your meals/food
    • Which campsites we need to book for you
    • Please check whether the campsites/accommodation you wish to use require vaccination passes or not – and plan your route to use accommodation that accepts your entire groups vaccination status
      e.g., if 3 students in your group of 16 don’t have vaccination passes then you must build a route around campsites which don’t require passes so your whole group is catered for

NEXT

  • Let us know your plan
    • Email anita@adventurespecialties.co.nz
    • Trip 1 plan due 1st April   /   Trip 2 plan due by 7th April
    • With Route Plan A & B, meeting times, start/finish locations, campsite bookings
What to Bring on your Qualifier

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

We 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
  • Maps of the Hauraki Gulf
Qualifier Cost

$690

The full cost of the 4 day 3 night Qualifier Expedition is $690. This includes all specialist kayaking equipment, safety equipment and our Adventurous Journey Assessors who will assess you to Gold DoE standards.
*An online stripe processing fee will be added at checkout

 

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.

Meeting Times / Locations

You tell us!

Part of the DoE programme is being responsible for your own learning.

It’s handy to set up a phone tree or group chat with all the parents/caregivers in your Qualifier Trip in case your plans change and you need to be picked up from somewhere different.

Feel free to download and use our route plan template

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Need help or want more information?

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