A group of Kayaks are paddling towards a ferry on the Bronze Kayaking Award Journey

BRONZE KAYAKING AWARD JOURNEY

Join a Walking Rivers, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Kayaking Award Journey from any award unit

Practise or Qualifying 

Regardless of level, all Duke of Edinburgh journey’s requires a minimum of four students per group

On your own still register with us and we will endeavour to create a group of four to make your journey happen

Alternatively get your own group of four together and you can pick your own dates

WE PADDLE SINGLE PERSON KAYAKS NOT TWO PERSON CANOES

How we think a Bronze Kayaking Award journey should be:

The first thing to remember is that all Walking Rivers Bronze Kayaking Award trips are meant to be fun and a little bit difficult.

By reading here, you must be wondering if a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Kayaking Award journey is something you are ready to participate in. Or perhaps, you may have already decided, and you are excited about making a trip.
Of course, my mission is to explain why we believe we can and will, provide you with an outstanding Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Kayaking Award experience.

In the event that you have never paddled a kayak and you’re unsure if you have the skills, still register. We teach you everything you need to know.

Important

Firstly, for many young people, it is often the first night away from home. Mum and Dad may also experience pangs of anxiety around missing you.
Secondly, add to this, its a camping experience that requires a lot of equipment and preparation. It’s easy to see why it can be stressful and a little overwhelming. 

We try and take away any stress

My phone is always on, call for assistance on any journey related topic, anytime.

Key points, Bronze Award Journey should be:

  • Most important “fun and exciting”
  • To be honest, it will be a little bit hard
  • A learning opportunity that is exciting
  • An opportunity to be away on your own
  • We are here to help you just call

About getting ready for camp:

You will receive a complete information package via email after registering with us. We endeavour to answer every question you or your parents may want to ask before you have asked it.

Expect to receive advice on which gear to pack and how to pack it. You will also receive instructions on making sure your kit fits in the Kayak and stays dry.

While on your Bronze Kayaking Award journey:

Food is important: We think camping is not a code word for dreadful food.

You do not need to eat astronaut food whilst on your Bronze Kayaking Award journey . We will send you advice on how to have yummy light meals where the ingredients need no refrigeration. Additionally, you will learn how to identify food that has minimal packaging. Most campsites have no garbage bins—everything we pack in, we pack out, so it will be essential to learn how not to fill your Kayak with empty packaging.

Key points, after you are registered:

  • All the information you need will be sent
  • Learn about cooking the right food
  • Learn how to camp leaving No Trace
  • Create lifetime memories with your friends
  • You will have great supportive instructers

Home after your Bronze Kayaking Award journey:

Your Bronze Kayaking Award Journey is much more than the time away on camp. Equally important as the preparation for your Journey is the completed report after your Journey is over. All three elements, need to work in harmony for you to successfully achieve your award. Experience tells us many students struggle with the motivation to complete their journey reports.

We will not abandon you. Mentoring and assisting as much as possible, you will experience a continuation of our commitment to you.Post Journey information, along with templates, photos for evidence, times, and distances, will all be available to assist with your Duke of Edinburgh award submission.

About you & the Bronze Bushwalking Award Journey:

Firstly, you must be at least 14 years old and realise that completing the three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh award will require hard work, self-discipline, and perseverance.

Along the road, you’ll meet some fantastic new friends who will be working just as hard and with the same dedication as you. It’s not simple, but the benefits are definitely worth the effort. You get to show everyone, including yourself, that you are capable of completing a challenge and that you are capable of accomplishing more than you ever imagined.

Finally, we’re honoured to be a part of your Duke of Edinburgh experience, and we hope that the lessons you learn will stick with you for the rest of your life.

Included

  • Quality Training & Practice
  • Qualified Outdoor Instructors
  • Kayaks
  • PFD’s, paddles & skirts
  • Emergency Response Equipment
  • Satellite Tracking & monitoring
  • Campsite & National Park fees
  • Group Shelter
  • Camp Chair
  • Navigation Maps 
  • Journey Mentoring before & after

Not Included

  • Tents (available for hire)
  • Gas Stoves (available for hire)
  • Sleeping mat (available for hire)
  • Sleeping Bag (available for hire)
  • Food
  • Personal Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Paddling clothes
  • Transport to start point
  • Transport home after completion
  • Sunscreens and insect repellants

WHAT IS GOING TO OCCUR

Tasks prior to the trip

The first step is to finish your Bronze Kayaking Award Journey registration. After the registration arrives at our office, your information will be placed into our system. Your parents will then be sent a digital indemnity form, which they must fill out and return.

Following that, you will receive an several emails with instructions on preparing for your trip.

We operate in Two Locations:

FRESH LAKE BREEZES, PROLIFIC WILDLIFE & WIDE OPEN LANDSCAPES

Suppose you want to have an awesome fun time and experience abundant wildlife up close while learning new skills on your Bronze kayaking award journey.
If you do, then it is tough to go past the magnificent Myall Lakes National Park.
We have repeatedly run programs across each of the three leading lakes, at all Duke of Edinburgh levels, Bronze Silver and Gold and never had a group disappointed with their experience.

The Myall Lakes is situated just inland from the east coast, about 250 kilometres north of Sydney. People find it a leisurely freeway drive approximately 2.5 hours from the Northern side of Sydney Harbour bridge. Alternatively you can catch the train up and we will get you from the train station.

Being the most extensive natural freshwater lake system on the New South Wales coast and surrounded by National Park, it is ideal for our Duke of Edinburgh programs.
Additionally, Myall Lakes are known as a wetland of international significance under the RAMSAR convention.

Myall Lakes National Park

Myall Lakes Massive kayaking area

Please take a look at the map showing the nearly 10,000 hectares of coastal lagoons and lakes and its easy to see why it’s our favourite area.

SANDSTONE CLIFFS, CAVE PAINTINGS & PADDLE BACK THROUGH HISTORY

An Adventurous Journey that is great fun and a very different experience to the Myall Lakes trip is the Wisemans Ferry Journey. If you join us for this one, you will enjoy a paddle that encompasses the historic Wisemans Ferry district and Webbs Creek.
Additionally, some people’s attraction about the Wisemans Ferry experience is it is only 75 kilometres north-northwest of the Sydney CBD. Therefore, making the drive a quick, easy turn around for most when dropping students off.
Together with us, you will also explore some of Webbs Creek’s convict history, see aboriginal cave paintings and enjoy paddling in an iconic area.
Finally, another point of difference that may be important to some is that we camp on private land and access good bathrooms with hot showers.

Wisemans Ferry Hawksbury river area