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A first for Exeter School

Gold DofE kayaking trip

Sixth formers at Exeter School successfully completed the school’s inaugural Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition by kayak over the summer holidays.

After a year of weekly training sessions at Haven Banks Outdoor Centre, fourteen Lower Sixth pupils travelled from Exeter to Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland on the last day of the summer term.

Upper Sixth Former Jamie Stephenson said: “Most of us were novices when we started our weekly training sessions last September on the River Exe, but by the time we had finished our practice expedition in the Fal estuary in October we had all learnt the basics of controlling a kayak.

“Our qualifying expedition was a four-day journey which involved paddling along the Scottish coast just south of the island of Skye.

“Although we found it demoralising putting up tents in the rain and being accosted by ticks and midges, these hardships were outweighed by many highlights. These included wild camping on pristine beaches surrounded by stunning scenery, making friends with seals and finishing our fourth and final day with a well-earned pizza.

“A big thank you to Mr Schramm and the Haven Banks team (Tom, Dave, James, Susie and Dovey) for making Exeter School's first ever DofE kayaking expedition such a great success.”