Low Impact Adult - Aspire

For ages 27+ - 8 days - 2 courses a year


Aspire is a low impact version of our 8 day Discovery course which is suitable for people with a mild physical impairment.  Just like any other Outward Bound course, you will experience activities like sailing, rock climbing, kayaking and high ropes, but Aspire is designed to exclude high impact activities such as running or carrying a heavy tramping pack. Past participants include people with arthritis, early onset multiple sclerosis, joint replacements, back injuries and amputations.

Participants need to be able to take part in a full day of activities with rest breaks, comfortably walk a minimum of 2kms over uneven terrain and get up and down 5 flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to sit without back support, for example in a kayak, and be comfortable in and around the water. 

Next Aspire course: 13- 20 September 2015  

When you have lead a very active life and suddenly lose some of your physical strength it is a great loss of confidence, but the Aspire course gives you the tools to take charge of your life again and know that anything may be possible. - Annette


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Anakiwa, Queen Charlotte Sound

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a selection of common questions & answers.
Please get in touch if you need any other info or help.

Who attends Aspire?

On past courses we have had people with arthritis, early onset multiple sclerosis, joint replacements, back injuries and amputations.

Aspire is designed for those who are unable to do high impact physical activity, particularly running or carrying a heavy tramping pack.

Simone Harris


Enrolments Advisor

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be able to take part in a full day of activities, be able to walk for at least 2km over uneven terrain and be able to get up and down at least 5 flights of stairs comfortably.

The days can be quite busy at Outward Bound as there is a lot to fit in. You will start early each morning with some sort of exercise and a dip in the water before heading off for the day's activities. There will be scheduled rest breaks on this course, and life jackets are available at all times if you want one.

Simone Harris


Enrolments Advisor

Do I need outdoors experience?

You don't need any prior experience at all! You just need to be willing to give the activities a go. The more you get involved, the more you will get out of your course.

Your expert Outward Bound instructors have all the knowledge and skills to help you through the activities.

Simone Harris


Enrolments Advisor

What funding is available?

Outward Bound runs scholarships for each Aspire course, so keep an eye out! There is full funding available for Work and Income clients, and this includes your travel to and from the course. We also encourage people to book and fund raise for their course - Outward Bound is here to support you with this process.

We never want funding to be a barrier. If you want to come to Outward Bound but aren't sure how you'll pay for it - just give us a call!

Simone Harris


Enrolments Advisor

Bookings & fees

Check out the availability for this course, when it’s running, and what it’ll cost.

Sorry, there are no courses available to book at the moment.
Please give us a call on 0800 688 927 to find out when this course is next scheduled to run.

Have you thought about these other courses?


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  • For ages 27-45
  • Duration 8 days
  • 5 - 10 courses per year

Physical Disability – Activate

Activate is an 8 day course for people over 18 years who have a physical disability. Course details

  • Disability courses
  • For ages 18+
  • Duration 8 days
  • 1 course a year

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