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The Duke of Edinburgh`s award (DofE) enables a young person to develop their mind, body and soul in a non-competitive environment. Its ability to elevate their self-confidence, skills and aspirations should never be underestimated.

Doing your DofE

The concept of the DofE is simple - anyone aged 14 - 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Endinburgh`s Award. The DofE programmes are all about getting out there, having fun and self development, everyone can achieve something. You`ll find yourself helping people or the community. getting fitter, developing bskills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

What do I need to do to achieve my DofE Award?

A DofE programme is made up of four sections (five at Gold). Over the required time you`ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week. You`ll need to show persistence, commitment and personal development. Its not something that can be achieved in a short burst of enthusiasm.

How do the activities overlap?

The activities you`ll be involved with at Torbay Sea School can be counted for your DofE programme.

Bronze (14+ years old)

To achieve your Bronze Award, you need to complete the following sections:                                                   

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

3 months

3 months

3 months

Plan, train for and complete a 2 day, 1 night expedition

You must also undertake a further three months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section.

 Silver (15+years old)

To achieve your Silver Award, you need to complete the following sections:

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

6 months

One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months

Plan, train for and complete a 3 day, 2 night expedition

If You have not achieved your Bronze Award you must undertake a Further six months in either your Volunteering or the Longer of your Physical or Skills section.

 Gold (16+years old)

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete the following sections:

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

Residential

12 months

One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months

Plan, train for and complete a 4 day, 3 night expedition

Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights

If You have not achieved your Silver Award you must undertake a Further six months in either your Volunteering or the Longer of your Physical or Skills section.

 

Choosing activities

There are lots of activities which you may already be doing at Torbay Sea School, which you could count for your DofE Award. Here are a few examples to get you started.

Volunteering: Helping out regularly at Torbay Sea School, for example being on one of the committees, or generally helping at the centre;helping at your local yacht club, becoming an Assistant Instructor .

Physical: Passing training courses, gaining a certificate, taking part in a race or race training.

Skills: Boat maintenance/repaire;rope work; sailing theory.

Expedition: This will usually be something that you will plan for, outside of your regular commitments with the RYA. It involves being in a team and completeing an expedition for a set number of days. It can, however be achieved in a sailing boat, so you could use your skills learnt in other sections to help you achieve this one.

Residential: Open residentials or camps, cookery courses, sailing courses, outdoor activity courses .....

Getting started

Step 1 Decide which level of DofE programme you would like to do (this will depend on your age, time commitments ect)

Step 2 Talk to the DofE Co-ordinator at Torbay Sea School (Duncan Bridgnell) and arrange to register to do your DofE programme.

Step 3 Decide with your Leader (RYA instructor) what you are going to do for each section of your DofE programme.

Step 4 Get Started! Dont forget to record on eDofE what you are doing and ask your Assessors to sign of each section as you complete them.

Step 5 Once your DofE programme is complete, speak to your leader or the DofE co-ordinator who will arrange for you to receive your certificate and badge. They can advise you about starting the next level of Award, if appropriate.

 How long will it take ?

The time it will take to complete your programme and achieve an Award is in many ways down to you. The shortest amount of time in which you could complete your Bronze programme is six months; your Silver six months; and your Gold, 12 months (direct entrants will take longer). During your programme you`ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week over this time. Dont forget - you have until your 25th birthday to complete any programme and achieve an Award!