Gold Practice Duke of Edinburgh Award
Pre-requisites: Gold Training.
Dates and locations: You choose.
Duration: Three days.
Environmental Care and Leave No Trace (LNT) Ethics
• Water Code (DOC),
• The spirit and content of the High Country Recreational Users Code.
• Control and responsibility,
• Search and rescue structure and practices [land or marine].
• Planning a trip of three or more nights’ duration, to include some places above bushline,
• Safety Management and Expedition forms,
• Understanding weather maps.
• Clothing and foot wear for snow conditions.
• Equipment for snow country,
• Packing for longer expeditions and snow country,
• Use of mountain radios.
Stoves and Fuels
• Lighting a stove in adverse weather,
• Lighting an emergency fire.
• The importance of enough eating on difficult expeditions; know food to include, and choose emergency rations,
• Cooking in adverse weather (snow, rain).
• Camping in exposed places above bushline and in snow.
• Further training and practice in advanced map work appropriate to the journey to be undertaken.
• Finding location using three bearings,
• Understanding of direction finding at night.
• Using animal tracks in the bush,
• Travel above bushline on tussock, screes and snow.
• Advanced mutual support crossing methods,
• How to recover if swept away.
Survival / Loss of Route
• An overnight camp in an improvised shelter.
Outdoor First Aid
• CPR – adult, child, infant,
• Recognition and treatment of dehydration, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hypothermia, frostnip,
• Common patient carries eg, two and four hand seat, use of sleeping mats,
• Evacuating patients with serious injuries.
• Observation, survey and recording techniques applicable to final venture,
• Use of related equipment.