An Open Expedition allows participants the opportunity to join a group of other young people to undertake and complete their expedition. This is a great option if you have been unable to complete your expedition with your organisation in 2020 because of COVID.
2021 expeditions will be prepared following COVID secure guidelines set out by NYA COVID-19 Guidance - NYA All our open expeditions will include an overnight stay unless the guidance changes.
East Coast Outdoors takes responsibility for the whole expedition experience under our risk assessments and safe operating procedures. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality experiences from the point of drop off, until the last participant has been collected.
How will groups be formed?
As participants sign up they will be put into "bubbles" to walk together. If you are signing up with a friend let us know and we will "bubble" you in the same group.
Where will I sleep?
Overnight accommodation will be provided in tents, which will be kept 2 meters apart. Tents will be shared between 2 participants.
Will I need to bring my own food?
Yes - you will need enough food for the duration of the expedition. Access to water is available on the site. Cookers will be shared between 2 participants. We will provide you with kit and food lists in good time before the expedition.
What does East Coast Outdoors CIC provide?
· Maps, compasses, tents, stoves and fuel
· Training materials, kit lists and food suggestions
· GPS trackers
· Access to an Operations Manager who will support you from start to finish
· Qualified expedition leaders
· An assessor report within 14 days
How do I know what to bring with me?
6 weeks before your expedition is due to take place, we will provide you with instructions, a kit list and food suggestions in good time to do some shopping.
Can I borrow kit?
We have stock of rucksacks, waterproofs and roll mats which we can provide free of charge (subject to satisfactory return) if required. Please let us know if you need to borrow anything in good time. We will provide you with kit and food lists in good time before the expedition.
Will I need a pair of walking boots?
You need something appropriate to wear on your feet for the countryside your walking in. Walking boots are essential for Silver & Gold expeditions.
Will there be other people on the same site as us?
We use camping sites away from the general public where ever possible. Access to toilets and showers will be provided overnight.
How will I get my assessor report?
Your assessor will complete this and put it directly on your edofe account within 14 days.
How do I pay?
Once a completed booking is received you will be asked to by via BACS transfer or PayPal with a credit or debit card. An email will be sent to you containing an invoice and payment details 6 weeks before your expedition is due to take place.
COVID-19 refunds will be provided for the following reasons:
1. A further Government Lock-down is ordered before the expedition is due to take place.
2. If the participant (or any member of a participant's home "bubble") booked on any of our expeditions contracts COVID-19 and can not take part.
Cancellation for any other reason (outside of COVID-19) before the expedition takes place needs to be given in good time and a refund will be provided.