We don't give too much of the game away about what activities you'll be doing on a course. Knowing what's coming next can sometimes distract you from what's happening now. It can also take away some of the challenge. We'll give you a hint of what you might expect to do.
The Outward Bound School at Anakiwa is located right next to beach. During the course you'll take the odd dip in the sea and will spend time in or on the water. Water activities could include kayaking, sailing and canoeing. These activities (including the dips) take place year round so getting some water training in is well worthwhile.
Balancing on a log seems easy when you're only just above the ground. Move the log high into the trees and suddenly the 'risk' seems much greater. We use high activities to show how our perception of risk can mean that we miss out on opportunities. Some of our high up activities include climbing, abseiling and a high ropes course.
Through reflection and review of your response to activities, learning occurs. This is how it all works. There are plenty of different ways to review, and during the course you'll spend time with the support of your instructors evaluating activities and your response to them. Outward Bound isn't all activity, and we realise that time spent in the quiet spaces allows personal reflection.
You'll make the most of the extensive native bush in the Marlborough area. Tramping, community service and running are just a few of the ways you could be spending time getting closer to nature. Protecting the natural environment is vital. We try to work in ways that minimise any damage to the area. We also pass on how special our natural plant and wildlife is, and the responsibility that everyone has for ensuring their preservation.
While at Outward Bound, you'll become part of the community. That's not just within your group, but also within the school, Anakiwa and the wider Marlborough community. Every person has a role to play, and during your time you'll be giving something back to both the school and local area. It might be working with the Department of Conservation, helping out at a school or rest home, or some other service that will show you how everyone can be positively involved in the community.