Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Safe & Sound Outdoors are one of North Wales leading providers of Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions.
Whatever your need as a teacher, group leader or participant we can help. We can be involved as much as or as little as needed. We have been working in the outdoor industry for over 20 years and have gained valuable experience in leading groups in the outdoors.
We can assist you in the delivery of your Duke of Edinburgh's Award from initial meeting all the way through to final qualifying expedition or we can offer safetysupport using our team of qualified Assessors.
Whatever your mode of transport, Safe and Sound Outdoors can provide training, assessment and supervision. We have a fleet of open canoes and kayaks at your disposal and a fleet of bikes available for use. We are also ideally situated in North Wales to access all the mountains and hills you need.
Why Choose Safe & Sound Outdoors?
We understand that you have a number of options available to you to organize your Duke of Edinburgh's Award, whether it be Bronze, Silver or Gold.
We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personal service designed to give you the flexibility you need to deliver the award. We understand that organisation can be stressful so we aim to take that stress from you.
We offer full bespoke training and assessment packages to help maximize your time. This can be spread out over a number of weekends, in one block or a series of days.
When booking with us you can be assured that you will receive the best service we can offer. You will have access to the best equipment, a team of dedicated outdoor Enthusiasts all eager to pass on their skills, an infrastructure designed to keep things simple and all of our experience gained over years of working with groups.
Staffing and Accreditation
We hold a full AALA licence(details on request) to deliver all our activities including Mountain Biking, Open Canoeing/Kayaking and Hill walking. All of our staff are enhanced DBS checked and undergo a rigorous induction process. They all attend child protection courses as part of their training and hold first aid qualifications as a matter of course. Where applicable they also hold the relevant NGB.
We are registered with Adventuremark and hold an LOTC quality badge for the delivery of our activities.
All expeditions are run between the end of March and the end of October and can be run anywhere in the country. We run expeditions on a regular basis in Scotland, North Wales and Shropshire. Bronze and Silver Awards are generally run in North Wales and Gold Expeditions are run further afield if required. We have used River Tay, River Spey and Loch Ness.
We need a minimum of 4 people to run an expedition and groups can be no larger than 7 for walking and mountain biking and 8 for open canoeing. We can run any number of groups at one time.
We would insist on meeting your group at your venue to discuss your requirements and meet your group.
There are no hidden costs with us. The only thing you need to add to the figures is food and camping costs. If you require any more training that would be discussed with you in advance.
We offer bespoke programmes to suit your needs whether that be over a series of weekends or in one block. We have a bank of qualified and experienced Duke of Edinburgh's Award supervisors and assessors. Whether on foot or on water we will endeavour to provide you with the best experience for your Duke of Edinburgh's Award bronze expedition.
The Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award is usually undertaken by students who have taken their bronze award and have a general experience of campcraft, navigation and cooking. The expedition sections involves longer time spent in the wilderness therefore necessitating more skills and knowledge. First aid knowledge would be an advantage at this level.
A Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a much sought after thing for universities and employers and is becoming more popular. At Safe and Sound Outdoors we are committed to providing you with the best chance of achieving this. We offer set programmes for the Gold Award which include all aspects of training and assessment. We will provide all equipment required and give as much training as we feel is needed. We offer first aid training as an extra as we feel it is important in the programme. Whatever your Duke of Edinburgh needs we can offer you help.