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Silver Kayaking Award Journey

Register for a Walking Rivers, Duke of Edinburgh Siver Kayaking Award journey from any award unit today

Practise or Qualifying on offer now

The Duke of Edinburgh silver kayaking award journey requires a minimum number of four students per group. If you are on your own register and we will endeavour to create a group of four new friends to make your journey happen.




LENGTH:

3 days Practise

3 Days qualifying

LOCATION:

Myall Lakes N/Park

Hawkesbury Region

FOR WHO:

15 year old & above


PRICE:

$430.00

each course

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum Four

maximum seven

PRACTISE & QUALIFYING:

Flexible dates


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. 

Additionally, don’t forget you will receive a gear checklist from us as part of your registration documents. Equipment hire is available to book on our registration page.

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: info@walkingrivers.com

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.