Croatia 2017

This is the first DES sea kayaking expedition to Croatia around the islands of the Elafiti Archipelago in the Dalmatia region. Sea kayaking is a wonderful and environmentally friendly way to explore coastline and the hinterland where few, if anyone, have visited.

Dates: 5th September 2017 to 15th September 2017

We shall be self-sufficient but will have the services of a guide who knows the area well and who will be able to enhance our experiences. Experience in sea kayaking would be an advantage but is not a requirement as training will take place in Portland. The expedition will be challenging and a selection weekend will determine if the applicant has the qualities needed for such a venture.

The expedition may qualify for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold.

Application

Applications always outnumber places and a selection procedure will decide the final team. As stated, previous expedition experience is not essential. All applicants, however, should be fit and healthy and have a genuine interest in the aquatic environment. Selection dates will be finalised in due course.
Many potential applicants are deterred by the apparent difficulty of funding such a project. In reality, no candidate faces any difficulty unless, and until, they have

Day 1:
Arrive Dubrovnik airport transfer by ferry to the Island of Lopud. Overnight stay in guest house Lopud is a small island 4.63 square kilometres off the coast of Dalmatia, southern Croatia. Lopud is one of the Elaphiti Islands, and can be reached by boat from Saipan.
Day 2: Paddle Lopud island to Zaton overnight camp site
Zaton is a village in southern Croatia, located on the coast of the eponymous bay, 8 km northwest of Dubrovnik, next to the village of Orašac. Chief occupations are farming, viticulture, olive growing and tourism.
Day 3: Zaton to Trsteno: camping.

Day 4: Trsteno to Banici over night campsite
Day 5: Banici to Prapratno overnight campsite
Day 6: Prapratno to Sobra (Mljet island) Guest house Sobra to Kozarica paddling around the island of Mljet with overnight camp site Sobra is a small village on the island of Mljet
Day 8 Kozarica to Polace Catamaran to Dubrovnik overnight in camp site

Day 9: Shopping, Sightseeing day or free time in the afternoon. Hotel in Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its total population is 42,615. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Day 10: Depart Dubrovnik back to London Gatwick
successfully completed selection. Since 1985 very few expedition members have ‘dropped out’ because of this reason.

Applications are now invited from young people aged 16 – 24 (applications from outside of these age groups will, however, be considered).
A realistic appreciation of the difficulties and dangers inherent in such a venture is essential before any application is made. The DES values the support from parents / carers and we shall be including them in all communication. This is especially so if the expedition member is under 16.. Any programme can only be provisional can be subject to change.

To Apply: Complete and return the enclosed application form together with 2 passport sized photographs and a non-returnable deposit of £50 to cover the cost of selection. Cheques should be made payable to the Dorset Expeditionary Society. You will then receive confirmation of your place and further details of the selection weekend.

Application forms should be returned to:-
Dorset Expeditionary Society Ltd, Lupins Business Centre, 1-3 Greenhill, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SP

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