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Spirit of Adventure

Participants can now undertake ocean based adventures for their Adventurous Journey as well as their Residential Project. See below for details


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Residential: All Spirit of Adventure voyages of more than five-days duration can be counted for the Gold Residential requirements on the understanding that each Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa New Zealand | Hillary Award participant does not know more than one other person on their watch (this restriction does not apply to Adventurous Journeys).


Adventurous Journeys: Ten day journeys can be counted towards the Adventurous Journey section of the Gold level under the following circumstances - note that using the voyage for the Residential as well will affect which parts of the Adventurous Journey can be counted.


Type 1: If you are using a ten-day voyage for the Residential Project you can also use days seven – ten as your practice or qualifier, with the proviso that if using the voyage for the qualifier the practice will have been a water-borne trip (Kayak, Sailing or Raft). The Training and/or Practice Sections must be signed off in the Record Book prior to arriving at the ship.  For ten-day voyages you can sign up as individuals as opposed to a group of 4-7 participants from an Award Unit.


Type 2: If you wish, you can use a ten-day voyage for the practice and qualifying journeys provided your Gold Training is complete and signed prior to arriving at the ship.


You can also use the Spirit of Adventure as your Residential Project but you will need to return for another voyage, as a leading hand (leading hands do not have to pay for this voyage).


Type 3: 12 day voyages, such as the 2017 Chatham Islands or a Trans-Tasman voyage can be used for adventurous journey practice, qualifying and residential activities. Training needs to be complete and signed prior to arriving at the ship.


Type 4: Five day ‘Trophy Voyages’ are restricted to under 15’s coming in as a school group of ten. and can be used for Bronze practice and qualifier provided the Training is complete and signed off.


Training: Whatever the mode of transport, it is a requirement that all participants regardless of level, will complete the standard outdoor training prior to any practice journey. Skills specific to the mode of transport will be taught supplementary to this training.


On the Spirit of Adventure voyages, ship-specific training can only be done on board ship, this forms part of the voyage experience.


Planning: On the Spirit of Adventure, planning is done daily depending on weather. This concession is made, because until the participants are on the ship it is not possible to plan a voyage, as the mode of transport is unique and the weather cannot be predicted accurately enough to plan a voyage.


Group Sizes: On the Spirit of Adventure there are usually 40 young people as crew and they are divided into four watches of ten people, two port and two starboard. Each watch can be counted as an Award group. The understanding is that not all watch members will be Award participants but they will be in the age range and sufficiently trained for the undertaking by the Spirit of Adventure leaders on board.

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