Two Kayaker are paddling across the lake during the Silver Kayaking Award Journey

SILVER KAYAKING AWARD JOURNEY

You can join a Walking Rivers, Duke of Edinburgh Silver Kayaking Award journey from any award unit

Practise or Qualifying 

Regardless of level, all Duke of Edinburgh journey’s requires a minimum number of four students per group. If you are on your own still register with us and we will endeavour to create a group of four to make your journey happen.

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A SILVER TRIP THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

About our Silver Kayaking Award Journey:

A Silver Kayaking Award Journey should allow you to develop further the kayaking skills you learned on your Bronze Journey. It should also teach you more advanced skills to prepare you for your Gold Journey, which we hope you will complete eventually.
Equally important, we want it to be exciting and fun, as are all Walking Rivers Duke of Edinburgh Journeys.

Key points, Silver Kayaking Award

  • Most important “fun and exciting”
  • To be honest, it will be a little bit hard.
  • You will learn a lot of great skills.
  • Go to sleep hearing natural sounds
  • It should make you want more

A Silver Kayaking Award Journey and learning:

Significantly, most of your programme will be a listen-and-learn approach rather than requiring you to take extensive written notes. However, we ask that you bring a notebook and pen to take field notes regarding your daily schedule. These notes will come in handy when it comes time to compose your journal.
You will also learn about the natural world, diverse plant and animal species, weather patterns, and how to be a leader.

Key points, Learning:

  • Listen and learn teaching concept
  • Build up your physical strength.
  • Opportunity to learn about nature
  • Create lifetime memories with your friends
  • You will have earned the award

Activity highlights you will enjoy:

People worldwide love the Duke of Edinburgh Award because it helps them grow as people.

Not to mention that while on your trip, you’ll also learn about the thrill of working with a group and the satisfaction of setting and meeting goals.

Explore the world around you and see how exciting the next part of your journey will be!

Key points, activity highlights

  • Choose your own food
  • Cook on a fire
  • Sleep in a tent
  • Be away from home
  • Meet new people

About yourself & 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.

Secondly, you’ll also need to be able to carry all of your camping gear and water and food in your backpack and hike to your campsite each day.

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.

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WHAT IS GOING TO OCCUR

Tasks prior to the trip

The first step is to finish your Bronze Bushwalking Award Journey registration by clicking the above registration button. 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 email with instructions on preparing for your trip.


Some of these preparations may include locating and preparing your equipment, producing a gear list, and a menu for us to review. You may also be asked if any friends might want to join you on your Journey.

Just as important will be learning how to and then compiling your field notes. This is all part of your travel planning, and you must complete it.

The start of your Bronze Bushwalking Award Journey:

Significantly, We have a choice of three different National parks for the Bronze journey. You can choose which area you want to explore.

Dharug National Park, Watagan’s National Park, or Barrington Tops National Park.

Before Covid 19, the Bronze Bushwalking journey started with a two-day training and practise weekend, followed by a two-day qualifying weekend or a two-day, two-night camping trip.

At the moment, the Duke of Edinburgh lets training and practise be a part of the Qualify. That is to say, that everything for the Bronze award is done in one weekend.

Your parents can drive you to the start point. Alternatively, you can board a Walking Rivers vehicle at a railway station or another location we arrange with you and travel with us.

The fun part hiking and camping:

With a minimum of four hikers and a maximum of seven hikers, you will walk along, talk to your friends, and learn interesting things about nature.
Another key point, you will also be following a map and learning how to always figure out where you are on it.

Crossing streams, climbing hills, seeing wildlife, connecting with nature, and sharing different experiences with your friends will all be part of your reward for stepping out and making the Journey.

After a full day of hiking, it will be fun to choose your campsite, set up your tent, and make your own dinner.

Lastly, one of the best things you can do is sit around a fire you’ve started with your friends and enjoy the night.






COMPLIANCE

Importantly, to achieve D of Ed compliance as well as a sense of achievement your Silver Kayaking Award program has been designed with a focus on making sure you will be:

  • Undertaking a challenging and rewarding journey
  • You will be in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Agree on its purpose
  • Part of a small team with 4-7 members only

EDUCATION

Equally important, age-appropriate training and practise is a vital component of all Duke of Edinburgh journeys.

We are not “just going camping.”

Let me repeat that “You are not just going camping”

Our proven training will empower you to develop and discover resilience within yourself; that you may not know existed.
Our qualified professional guides are working out of a written training manual, thus eliminating ad hoc subjects and misinformation.

To clarify, by the time you have completed your Silver Kayaking Award you will have been given an introduction to the following list of subjects:

  • Understanding the journey planned
  • Observation and recording skills
  • First Aid and emergency response
  • Camp-craft/ Accommodation and Hygiene
  • Meals and meal planning
  • Leadership, problem solving & teamwork
  • Safety and safe practise
  • Environmental awareness & care
  • Navigation/map work

SAFETY FIRST

Coupled with our emergency response documents and our activity risk assessment is an absolute commitment to safety. Safety has to be the priority for all our outdoor adventures.

 However, if something unforeseen were to occur, we are prepared, our guides carry satellite communication equipment as well as a comprehensive wilderness first aid kit.

YOUR EQUIPMENT

For your comfort as well as ensuring you have a successful silver kayaking award journey, the right camping equipment is essential.

Remember you have to fit everything into a small space in your kayak.  

A big heavy steel barbecue plate may not be a good idea. Keeping weight to a minimum should be your priority.

Let me repeat that:

Keeping everything as light as possible should be your priority.

Not sure if some of your equipment is right for the job? Just call us for clarification. 

OUR EQUIPMENT

included:

  • Return transport as arranged to National park
  • Group communication devices 
  • Group Tarp 
  • All camping and national Park fees
  • Group remote area first aid kit
  • Professional guides/instructors
  •  Single Kayaks 
  • Lifejackets,paddles,skirts

FOOD, SNACKS & DRINKS

You need to bring what you like to eat. You will be deciding your menu, supplying and eventually preparing all of your meals.
It’s a good practice to also allow for one extra day of emergency rations.
To assist you with planning, we will send out some meal ideas.

WATER

Everyone is required to bring a minimum of three one-litre containers full.
The Australian bush can be a dry place, and water can be challenging to find. Water purification tablets may also be another requirement depending on the trip decided.

AWARD LEADER CONSENT


Don’t forget to check in with your award leader before arriving for your Silver Kayaking Journey. You will need the approval for the Adventurous Journey you have chosen via the online record book.
Duke of Edinburgh International Award is strict about everyone complying with this.
Your assessor details are:

Assessor: Walking Rivers
phone: 0438563307
Email: [email protected]

We will sign off on your Adventurous Journey when we get the request from the online record book.

Myall Lakes Silver Kayaking Award

special COVID 19 five-day program

Meeting Point Options:

1. Parents drive their child to the start point, on day of program commencement. Arriving 9am.

2.By individual arrangement everyone meets in Newcastle and boards the Walking Rivers minibus for transfer to journey start point.

3.If enough participants the Walking Rivers minibus can pick up in Sydney at a school for a small charge.

Silver Level Combined Practise/Training Program/Qualifying Plan: 

Please note this trip plan is subject to wind and weather conditions encountered at the actual waterfront and may be changed for safety reasons if deemed necessary. Times are estimates only and may vary due to conditions found on the water and individual paddlers ability. 

All Lessons are structured written modules with simple multiple-choice quiz (age appropriate) at completion of each module.  Participants must bring notepad and pen. 

Folded scraps of paper in a pocket is unacceptable.

Practice and Training Component:
Day 1
09.00 am
: Arrive Korsemans Landing – morning tea – Introductions 09.30 am: issue gear- fit PFD’s
10.00 am: On and Off Water Kayak Lessons 

Boat setup – basic skills training and kayak familiarisation 12.00 pm: Lunch 

12.30 pm: Kayak packing – lesson and preparation to leave 02.00 pm: Leave for Boomeri Campsite (approx. 6 klms) 04.00>4.30 pm: Arrive in camp

Day 2

08.30 am: Leave for Rivermouth Campsite (approx. 8 klms) 

10.00 am: Morning tea on water
12.00 am: Arrive in campsite/Set up camp
12.30 pm: Lunch
01.30pm: Navigation and trip planning lessons/Seamanship/Capsize Rescue Lessons 04.30 pm: day end 

Day 3 –  

08.30 am: Planning lessons Continue/students plan their own qualifying journey 

10.00 am: Morning Tea 

10.30 am: Planning lessons Continue/students plan and document their own qualifying journey 

11.30 am: Leave for Korsmans Landing to restock with food and water (approx. 11 klms) 12.30 pm: Lunch along the way
02.00 pm: Arrive Korsemans Landing
03.15 pm: Leave for Freshwater camp (approx. 2 klms) 

04.00 pm: Arrive Freshwater camp/set up Camp 

Qualifying Journey:
4 days starting at Korsemans Landing and ending at Korsemans Landing approx. 3.30 pm 

 (please allow for paddlers to run late on the last day) 

  • Participants will plan their qualifying journey across the training and practice program, execute that journey according to their trip plan as their Duke of Edinburgh qualifying journey. 
  • Water and food to be restocked at Korsemans Landing prior to commencement. 
  • Trip plan lodged prior to commencement. 
  • It is anticipated that we will need to pre plan this journey somewhat due to Covid 19 

requirements of pre booking all camping in National Parks at this time. 

Distance to hike approx. 10 Kilometres.

Lessons Day 1

  1. Understand the adventurous journey planned.
  2. Observation and Recording Skills
  3. Route Planning 
  4. Camp craft/Accommodation & Hygiene

Day Two: 

Lessons Day 2

  1. Route Planning / Navigation
  2. Safety and safe practice
  3. Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.

Day three:

Participants to decide as a team where they wish to hike utilising all the map reading and navigation skills learned on day two.

Hike to be approx. 12 kilometres

Focus on utilising new skills learned

Lessons Day 3

  1. Weather in the field
  2. First aid 
  3. Emergency Procedures.

Camping to be decided by team.

Day four:

Focus on day is Fun.

Lesson day 4 

  1. Environmental awareness and care
  2. Diet and rationing, meal plans.