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DofE Expeditions aim to inspire initiative, team work and a spirit of adventure. The Expedition section involves planning, training for and completing an unaccompanied and self-reliant expedition.

IOWAA is both a DofE centre under the IW Council operating authority and also an accredited DofE Approved Activity Provider based on the Isle of Wight, but we spend much of our time leading expeditions and delivering training across the whole of the UK to individuals, schools, youth groups and teachers.

Our centre is well equipped to run expeditions and training, with our full time office staff, indoor and outdoor classrooms, onsite camping and cafe and well stocked kit stores. We run expedition training, assessed expeditions and supporting courses on fixed dates and we also provide alternative dates on when you need a specific time.

We offer support to schools, groups and individuals who are undertaking this challenging but rewarding award.


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Canoe Expeditions:

Training, practice and qualifying expeditions by Open Canoe

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Sea Kayaking Expeditions

Training, practice and qualifying expeditions by Sea Kayak

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Mountain Biking Expeditions:

Training, practice and qualifying expeditions by Mountain Bikes

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Supporting Courses:

First Aid, Navigation and other expedition skills courses

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Our DofE Staff Team

All of our instructors are qualified first aiders and have attended activity specific courses to enable them to deal efficiently with any situation that may arise. Beyond that we have 3 first aid trainers on our team; all delivering HSE and Rescue Emergency Care outdoor and expedition first aid courses. Our team all hold an enhanced CRB check and all team members who work on DofE training and expeditions are all DofE qualified leaders, supervisors and assessors.

Above that they have a vast range of experience leading and being involved in expeditions world wide, are UK recognised technical advisors, coach and leader trainers and work across the UK advising schools, other AAPs and outdoor centres on expedition and activity good practice and safety.

For more details on our team take a look here – DofE Team