Duke of Edinburgh Award

DofE

Mote Park Watersports Centre is a qualified ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre’ The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14 to 24.

Schools, colleges, youth groups and individuals can get involved.

Doing their DofE gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills. There are three progressive levels of programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

There are currently 275,000 young people participating in a DofE award programme in the UK, with over 80,000 achieving a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award each year. Many prospective employers, agencies, organisations recognise this as a certificate of competence and maturity for your people.

Achieving a DofE Award can be made an adventure from beginning to end, at Mote Park Watersports Centre.

There are already so many activities young people could take part in which can count towards their award. These could range from:

  • Volunteering: Helping out at Mote Park Watersports Centre Centre club! Or this could be as an assistant, in the kitchen or maybe even on the committee!
  • Physical: Regularly taking part in Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Powerboating, activity, why not set yourself a goal to gain a certain certificate in the RYA National Sailing or Windsurfing scheme or BCU Kayaking or Canoeing or maybe participate in regular activities at the centre.
  • Skill: All about developing your skills, whether practical, social or personal. You may choose to sharpen up your powerboating, learn a new skill such as boat repair work or perhaps increase your theory knowledge and learn all about meteorology! Maybe learn skills relating to your expedition, e.g. First aid and tent building!
  • Residential and Expedition: You may never have been away from home before, let alone using your board or boat to go on an exciting adventure with friends, so now is the time!

 

Timescales

Bronze (14+ years old)
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition.
All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

 

Silver (15+ years old)
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
Gold (16+ years old)
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months Plan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition. Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
 
 

Length of time of DofE expeditions

Level Duration Minimum hours of planned activity each day
BRONZE 2 days and 1 night At least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)
SILVER 3 days and 2 nights At least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 3½ of which must be spent journeying)
GOLD 4 days and 3 nights At least 8 hours during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)

 

Notes: Time associated with overnight accommodation and catering is additional to the minimum daytime hours of planned activity. You have to undertake at least one practice expedition as part of your training. This may be more closely supervised than your final assessed expedition, which is remotely supervised to develop independence and a sense of personal responsibility.

Please contact Mote Park Watersports Centre for more details for Schools, youth groups and organisations booking your Duke Of Edinburgh Award scheme.

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