Open NSW Silver Prac PnP April 14-16

Open NSW Silver Prac PnP April 14-16

Event Phone: 02 8957 5428

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  • OPEN NSW Silver PnP April 14-16
    April 14, 2021 - April 16, 2021
    7:00 am - 5:30 pm




YouthAdvance pride itself on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys (AJs) for all participants. Our qualified and highly experienced Program Coordinators and Guides will work with you through the required preparation and training prior to your first AJ. They will teach you skills including navigation and camp craft on your practice expedition, and finally assess your skills on your qualifying expedition.

Our staff do not lead from the front, they mentor and instruct from the back of the group to ensure that you and your group have the opportunity to work as a team and make sound judgements based on your training and our staff’s leadership. You’ll be required to take responsibility and make decisions for yourself while under supervision from experienced and qualified outdoor professionals.


YouthAdvance create physically and mentally challenging expeditions for our participants. Each day, participants will hike the trails carrying their pack and all their own equipment. Students are encouraged to start training and develop their fitness in preparation for these physical requirements, including weekly walks carrying their pack and wearing their hiking boots/shoes.

All of our programs satisfy the time requirements of the AJ stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJs lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge on the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories, new friends and new experiences.


YouthAdvance’s partner company Remote Safety Solutions is a leading remote area risk and emergency management specialist. Safety is paramount for all of our AJs.

Emergency communication and first aid equipment along with satellite tracking will be carried by each YouthAdvance staff member while on the program.


  • Transport to and from the venue;
  • All camping and National Park/State Forest fees;
  • Instruction and supervision from our experienced and qualified outdoor educators;
  • Group communication devices i.e. InReach, EPIRBs and satellite phones;
  • Group remote area first aid kit;
  • Preliminary training;
  • On trip pre and post briefing;
  • Participant maps, map cases and compasses (1 per participant)
  • Kayaks, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), a paddle and dry bags (1 per participant)


With the program starting at the entrance to Lidsdale State Forest the first leg by foot will take us on a navigation challenge. The challenge called a rogaine will require the Participants to gain as many checkpoint “points” within the allocated time. With some challenging navigation and sections that will require teamwork, the participants will be rewarded with stunning views throughout the journey. Day two is a mix of national park and state forest, participants will camp on the banks of the Coxs River. Day three starts with a small walk then it’s off in the kayaks to explore the sheltered waters of Lake Lyell.


All participants must be dropped off to YouthAdvance HQ: Unit 31 42-46 Wattle Street, Brookvale NSW.

DROP OFF: 7.00 am, Day 1, at YouthAdvance HQ.

PICK UP: 5.30 pm, Day 3, at YouthAdvance HQ.

If you are going to be late, please let us know on +61 487 003 440 so we don’t depart without you. Please ensure you monitor traffic conditions and that arrangements are made for a prompt drop off and pick up of participants.

NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However, in the event of unseasonably bad weather, or if a weather warning is issued in the program venue, the expedition may be postponed ensuring the safety of our participants. You will be notified of this via email.

Please be aware that the program rundown may alter slightly, particularly drop off and pickup times, and these will be confirmed prior to each program via email.

DAY 1 Day 2 Day 3
7.00 am – Participants arrive at YA HQ 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp 5.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp
7.30 am – Bus departs for program location 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P) 6.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)
10.30 am – Bus arrives at program location 8.00 am – Participants start Leg 2 hike route (P) 7.00 am – Participants hike to start Leg 3 paddle route (P)
10.30 am – Participants morning brief (P) 1.00 pm – Lunch 8.30 am – Pack out kayaks (P)
11.00 am – Participants start Leg 1 hike route (P) 4.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp 10am Begin planned kayak route (P)
1.00 pm – Lunch 4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) 12.30pm – Lunch on the water
4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp 5.00 pm – Participants setup camp, prepare dinner and night session on risk management 1.45pm – Participants pack out kayaks (P)
4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) 8.00 pm – Participants in tents 2.30 pm – Group debrief session (P)
5.00 pm – Participants setup camp, prepare dinner and night session on risk management 3.00 pm – Bus departs program location
8.00 pm – Participants in tents 5.30 pm – Participants arrive at YA HQ
(P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs (P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs (P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs


Your child using appropriate gear is instrumental in ensuring that they have an enjoyable and comfortable experience – we cannot stress this enough! If you are unsure whether your child’s equipment is suitable, please contact us for clarification.

In addition to the equipment resources below, the following items are mandatory:

  • Sleeved shirt (for walking and paddling in) – no singlet tops
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket (preferable Gortex – no ponchos or wind breakers);
  • Sleeping bag suitable to the season of the year:
    • Winter – minus 5
    • Shoulder Season & Summer – zero rating;
  • Sleeping mat;
  • Second set of clothes stored inside waterproof bag (thermal top and bottom)
  • First aid and blister kit
  • 3L of water (3 x 1L water bottles)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Hat and sunscreen

Please be aware that the above items will be checked by guides on the morning of departure.

Please refer to the following page for additional information on equipment for AJs (Equipment Resources). If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, in order to mitigate the potential for spread of the virus, all participants can hire if they require single tents only and packs directly from our online store – YouthAdvance Store. All hire equipment is maintained a vigorous cleaning between programs. Tents and packs are available on the hire equipment page, so please either book in to hire one of ours or source your own.

Further, unless participants reside in the same household or special provisions are given by parents and/or the school, there will be NO tent sharing between participants. 


Each participant will be responsible for planning, supplying and preparing their own meals for the duration of the hike. At least one day’s emergency rations should be carried by participants.

Additional information on meals, including sample menus and meal planning, will be sent to you following registration and is available here: (Meal Planning Resources). Pre-packaged meals are available for purchase at discounted prices for all YouthAdvance participants here: (Meal Purchases)

NOTE: Pots and stoves are available for hire – YouthAdvance Store. All hire stoves and pots can NOT be shared between others. Students may choose to bring their own cooking equipment OR they can plan a non-cooking meal instead. 

All participants must start with at least three full 1Litre water bottles. In dry weather periods, water can be difficult to source so this is a minimum amount. You are required to bring water purification tablets for this program.


Leading up to the program date, you will be required to complete our online Medical Form. If we do not have a profile that is up to date (within 2 months), your child will not be permitted to board the bus. Completing the form should only take a few minutes.

Please take the time to fill in this form accurately and honestly in each of the data fields. Accurate medical data is important in the event of an unseen medical emergency occurring while on the program.


As this is a NSW Open program, registered participants who are completing their PRACTICE AJ, will be required to complete the Online Preliminary Training work. To access and complete your Online Preliminary Training (OLP) you need to use this link –

In order to access the OLP you will need to create a new registration profile. To help you do this, we’ve created a step-by-step tutorial to help you – (NOTE: Fast track the video to 1 minute)

The OLP is free and must be completed prior to your AJ, if not completed you will not be permitted to board the bus for this journey. This training program is a generic training system that will cover off the following competencies in the online preliminary training session.

  • Understanding of the AJ planned to be undertaken;
  • First aid and emergency procedures (relevant to the type of environment for the Journey);
  • Safety and safe practice;
  • Route planning and navigation (use of maps, compass/navigation aids or street/urban directories);
  • Camp craft/accommodation and hygiene;
  • Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership training;
  • Meal planning, preparation of food and cooking (options will be provided in the even of a total fire ban where cooking is not possible);
  • Environmental awareness and care;
  • Necessary equipment and how to use it;
  • Technical skills in the mode of travel (i.e. knot tying, tent repairs etc);
  • Observation and recording skills.

During your first morning on program, you will have further time to familiarise yourself with the maps and location of your AJ.


In order to partake in this Adventurous Journey, you are required to seek approval from your Award Leader on the Online Record Book BEFORE you get on the bus. This is a requirement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and YouthAdvance will be strongly enforcing this moving into 2021.

Please use the following details as your supervisor for your practise and assessor for your qualifier:

Supervisor/Assessor: YouthAdvance Guide

Phone: 02 8957 5428

Email: [email protected]


Supervisor and assessor sign-off will be completed in the ORB following your hike.

Once you have completed your qualifying journey award leader sign-off will occur when your AJ report has been submitted and uploaded into the documents section of the ORB. Please ensure that you use the appropriate template. Ensure you scroll to the bottom of the webpage and select the appropriate template related to your Duke of Ed level.

REGISTER FOR AJ NOW – Please select the “Register” button at the top of this webpage and follow the prompts.

Please note that the minimum number of participants for this program is 10. We will advise you if there are concerns about the program being postponed. 


Please note that terms and onions apply to this booking page. By processing this registration you acknowledge that you accept the Terms & Conditions.


If you have any questions, please contact our team at [email protected]