Uniquely Australian Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journeys.
Black Diamond Adventures offers exciting tailor-made Adventurous Journeys for the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award | Duke of Ed.
While location, activities and mode of travel (e.g. hike/kayak) are entirely up to participants, we are happy to provide suggestions and ideas as to what’s possible. All of our Duke of Edinburgh’s award journeys come with pre-trip training and experienced & enthusiastic guides. We provide an enriching experience of Australia.
Read on for further details. To book, send us a message on our CONTACT page.
WHY CHOOSE BLACK DIAMOND ADVENTURES FOR YOUR DUKE OF ED ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
OUTSTANDING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
When facilitated by Black Diamond Adventures, The Duke of Ed Award, adventurous journey component is far more than an expedition. Under our guidance the focus is discreetly, yet purposely placed on one’s personal journey. We create an environment that invites our participants to be conscious of what sort of person each of us is creating. It’s an exciting, challenging and character-forming experience.
This is what really makes Black Diamond Adventures special!
Read more about why schools choose Black Diamond Adventures to deliver their schools Duke of Ed AJ’s
CHOICE OF ADVENTURE AND LOCATION
An adventure is a journey into the unknown and that can happen anywhere – in the city, in the bush, on water. Although walking/hiking is the traditional and often preferred type of expedition, we are able and willing to tailor activities suitable to your cohort. Some alternatives to hiking include. Kayaking, base camp exploration (caves and surrounds), mountain biking, sailing, ski/snowboard adventures.
We have experience in running Duke of Ed adventurous journeys in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the NSW South Coast, Kangaroo Valley, NSW North Coast, Kosciuszko and the Northern Territory. You can read more about these amazing locations below.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
– Anonymous –
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore
– Andre Gide –
OUR DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD EXPERIENCE
Since our humble beginning in 2017 we have run over 60 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Adventurous Journeys for thousands students (and had a 100% return rate). However, our Founder Rob Mann has been delivering the Adventurous journey, as a guide and teacher, since 2004. All of our guides have extensive experience both as participants and assessors of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
We have witnessed the powerful impact that a Duke of Ed Adventure has had on the lives of thousands of students on trips we have been involved in. As a result, our guides are committed to providing the same high quality experience and care for each and every participant enrolled in our programs.
UNIQUELY AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCES
What makes our Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous journeys unique is the way we incorporate Australian elements into each trip. Through our journeys we want our participants to know the truth of our past, to gain a stronger appreciation of what it means to be Australian and how to feel at home in the Australian environment.
This is an expansive concept. Our staff are skilled at subtly weaving these elements into each journey in order for this to happen. You can read more about our Australian experiences here.
Our intent is not only will students finish their D of E with a great sense of accomplishment, they will have enriched their understanding and identity as an Australian.
WE MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU
PRE-EXPEDITION, PLANNING AND TRAINING SESSIONS
All booked Duke of Ed expeditions come with pre-trip training. This is an essential part of the trip that all students are required to complete. The training includes, route planning, food choices, clothing options, suggested equipment, safety procedures, basic first aid, strategic packing and bag organisation. There will be an opportunity to hire or purchase equipment.
RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
comprehensive and tailored risk assessment/management plan will be supplied to each school who is planning to participate in one of our expeditions. See risk management and assessment under the safety tab.
We provide a range of hire equipment for students. See our Gear Hire page for more details.
PERMISSION NOTES AND EXPEDITION ORGANISATION
We are aware of the necessary, yet time consuming tasks that are required to complete extra-curricular activities in the modern school environment. We are very happy to provide your school with a range of permission notes and all expedition details (including equipment packing checklist). We can also arrange private or public transportation. All you will need to do is pop it onto a school letterhead and get your principal’s approval.
PROGRAM SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
Taking on the Duke of Ed Award program can seem like an overwhelming task. We know this from first hand experience and have developed a training package that students can complete on their own (remotely), or used as a resource for you to deliver in the classroom . Rest assured that all your concerns are very easily addressed and managed. The effort in providing a successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program to your students is far out-weighed by the reward of what the staff and students will take away.