The Duke of Edinburgh Award

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

We specialize 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.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. Sea Kayaking is a great way to fulfill the requirements for the expeditions and we have worked with many schools to achieve this in a friendly, safe and professional manner. We do this by allowing the participants the freedom to achieve their goals in a safe and monitored fashion.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Auckland New Zealand with Auckland Sea Kayaks

Specializing in Adventurous Journeys.

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. Adventurous Journeys with Auckland Sea Kayaks is done in Sea Kayaks.

All participants are required to plan, train for and undertake in small groups (4-7 people plus an assessor/shadow party), a journey which should involve travel by personal effort with a clearly defined purpose. This should be completed in the following order:

Training – all participants need to cover the preliminary training. 

Practice Journey – all participants need to undertake the appropriate number of practice journeys

Qualifying Journey –

Duration2 days 1 night3 days 2 night4 days 3 night

Expeditions can be put together for a minimum of 6 participants. 

Our guides are very experienced and skilled sea kayakers with a personal commitment and passion for conservation and kayaking. Their knowledge of the area, understanding of the weather systems, educational training and knowing the requirements for this award will make your journey enjoyable and safe. 

Sea Kayaking Skills Training  3-4 hours

Contact for availability

Silver / Gold Practice and Silver Qualifying 3 days, 2 nights

 Cost per person: $405. Minimum of 6 per trip.

2019 October 26th – 28th Practice  / Qualifying Journey – Auckland. BOOK HERE

2019 December 2nd – 4th Practice  / Qualifying Journey – Auckland. BOOK HERE

2019 December 9th – 11th Practice  / Qualifying Journey – Auckland. BOOK HERE

2019 December 16th – 18th Practice  / Qualifying Journey – Auckland. BOOK HERE

2020 April 14th – 16th Practice / Qualifying Journey – Auckland. BOOK HERE

Gold expedition Qualifying 4 days, 3 nights

 Cost per person: $540 minimum of 6 per trip.

2020 April 20th – 23rd Qualifying Journey – Auckland. BOOK HERE

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 1L water bottle

o Camera (we provide dry bags)

o Notebook / reading book

o Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries

o Shelter: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat

o Kitchen: Stove, pot/pan, cutlery,plate,bowl, cup stove gas,

o Food: 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner, snacks

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!

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