Extreme sports

Are you always looking for something adventurous to do? Well, now is your chance to try an extreme sport!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you that could help. You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will improve your physical fitness. Along the way you’ll have fun, make friends, learn new skills – or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:


  • Practice and improve at a skate park every week, getting friends to film you
  • Learn a range of new skateboarding moves, including flips and freestyle tricks
  • Use a longboard to practice cruising, downhill racing and, if you get really good, slalom racing
  • Train and enter a skateboarding competition


  • Learn climbing techniques, including belaying, leading and abseiling
  • Train for and compete in indoor bouldering competitions
  • Train to climb to at least one grade higher, for instance from difficult to severe
  • Learn to climb, then increase your fitness by using a climbing wall once a week

Winter sports

  • Learn to speed skate at your local ice rink
  • Learn to figure skate, performing spins and jumps
  • Learn to ski, taking weekly lessons and progress to more difficult slopes
  • Learn to speed skate at your local ice rink

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who’ve already achieved an Award to see what they’ve done and what opportunities are available in your local area.

Don’t forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE’s requirements for this section and your level.

Physical categories

Find out more about what you can do under the eight Physical section category headings:

Team sports

Individual sports

Water sports

Racquet sports



Extreme sports

Martial arts

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