Duke of Edinburgh Award | Kayaking and Sailing

Youth development  

Auckland Sea Kayaks works with the The Duke of Edinburgh Award delivering, developing and monitoring young adults through this personal and individual challenge.

We specialise in the training and implementation of the adventurous journey and have been part of the successful completion of the Duke of Edinburgh adventurous  journey for over 1000 students.

Once again we have partnered with the NZ Sailing Trust to deliver a combined kayaking and sailing expedition for the adventurous journey award. Learn more about the journey below.

This journey qualifies for both the Silver practice and Silver qualifying expedition, Gold training, Gold Qualifying or Gold residential.

You do not need to be doing the Duke of Ed program to attend this program.

Auckland Sea Kayaks is an accredited provider of the Adventurous Journey section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

The aim of the adventurous journey is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. Our aim of this aspect of the DOE award is to encourage young people to develop an awareness of the environment and the importance of protecting it.

What you can expect from the combined sailing and kayaking adventurous journey:

The first two nights will be spent on the water with Auckland Sea Kayaks, where students will learn how to kayak and camp in a safe, fun and supportive environment. They will get the opportunity to lead and be led by their fellow peers under the guidance of an experienced and qualified instructor. They will also put to use their map reading and navigational skills, follow Leave No Trace and gain understanding for how each of the 7 principles applies to the present environment and their day to day lives.

The following two nights will be spent sailing on either Lion New Zealand, or Steinlager2. Everybody on board will have the opportunity to learn to sail the boats, help with the preparation of meals and sleep aboard. They will be put into a watch rotation system to learn about different aspects of sailing, put into practice reading the weather, plan our destination and to work together to sail the boat to that destination.  We engage everyone in beach clean ups, raft building, problem solving or communication activities to further develop skills and enhance personal growth.

Full kayak and sailing specific training is done before the journey starts.

All participants would be required to have completed the online Preparation and Training requirement for an Adventurous Journey.

There will be a ZOOM meeting at 5.30 pm on Thursday 7th of January 2021 that must be attended by all participants. This meeting will be up to 1.5 hours long.

4th to 8th October 2021

19th to 23rd April 2022

Silver practice & qualifying / Gold qualifying expedition / Gold residential project – 5 days, 4 nights

2 nights in tents and 2 nights on sailing vessel.

Cost per person: $1275 per person. 

Click HERE to book and confirm your place now!

Minimum number of 14 students required in order to run this Adventurous Journey.

Gear considerations for the trip

Avoid cotton, particularly cotton paddling clothes. Cotton tends to absorb water and then stay wet drawing heat away from the body, taking 5x longer to dry than synthetic materials.

Try and bring synthetics, polypro, fleece, merino wool, regular wool, etc.

Pack efficiently but keep warm. Kayakers have two full outfits, one “dry” and one “wet”, so you always have something warm and dry for camp.

Auckland Sea Kayaks provide you with all the specialist paddling gear including buoyancy aid, spray skirt, spray jacket and a dry bags for your gear.Personal gear to bring:

o Swimsuit

o Water shoes. An old pair of trainers can be used

o Camp shoes. Normal trainers. avoid jandals/slides

o Pack towel

o Shorts for kayaking in

o Sun cap

o Wool / synthetic hat

o Rainwear (jacket and pants)

o Jacket (for insulation)

o Pants synthetic (for insulation)

o T-shirts X 3 (at least one synthetic / smartwool for paddling in)

o Enough sports bras / underwear

o 1 pair shoes for around camp (runners are good)

o 2-3 pair socks

o Toiletries

o Personal medication

o Sunglasses / small sunscreen / lip balm with SPF

o 2L water bottle

o Camera (we provide dry bags)

o Notebook / reading book

o Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries

How to pack a kayak:

The beauty of sea kayaking is they have a lot of space to carry whatever you like.

In fact the sea kayaks we use could be packed with enough food and gear for at least a 30 day expedition!

So how do we do it?

Follow the ABC’s

A =Accessibility. Pack what you may need during the day with you in the cockpit or make it the last thing you pack into the hatches.

B = Balance. Heavy things to the middle and bottom. Light things like tents to the ends and on top.

C = Compression. Squeeze those dry bags!! Make small and multiple packages to make it easier to fit in the awkward shaped kayak. Ensure all air is out of dry bags and they are packed tightly – no spaces!

D = Dry. Ensure what needs to stay dry like a sleeping bag is in a dry system (dry bags, bin liners) and if it’s already in a dry system like a can or bottle then it doesn’t need to go in another dry system

E = Everything Inside. We don’t pack anything other than essential safety equipment, maps and perhaps a water bottle on the outside as you risk losing it or it making life difficult when the wind picks up!

F = Food and Fuel. Pack your fuel in a separate hatch to the food just incase  it leaks!

Terms and Conditions

  • We require a minimum of
    30 days’ notice if the
    booking is to be cancelled in
    writing. If the booking is
    cancelled or amended
    within 30 days, the full value
    of the charter will be
    payable. If a confirmed
    booking is cancelled more
    than 30 days before the
    charter a 20% cancellation
    fee will apply.

By us

  • In the unlikely event we are
    forced to cancel the trip due
    to extreme weather or
    other circumstances, we will
    contact you to advise of any
    risk of
    If it is not possible for us to
    fulfil your charter on your
    charter date, we will:
    Contact you with an
    alternative vessel or look to
    reschedule for an
    alternative date. If an
    alternative date cannot be
    arranged, the client will be
    entitled to a full refund.

Amendments to confirmed bookings

  • All changes are subject to