Welcome to Outward Bound.
Learn to make life choices with confidence on the original Outward Bound experience. Get involved in all the outdoors has to offer, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing and tramping. This is your opportunity to reflect, discover what is important to you and determine your future direction. You’ll find yourself as an individual as well as finding your place in a team. Push your boundaries, make new mates, and unlock the potential you’ve always had in you.
Anakiwa, Queen Charlotte Sound
How fit do I need to be for a course?
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it! You must be able to comfortably run 3km in under 25 minutes, plus complete a full day's physical activity.
There are varying fitness requirements for these courses:
Discovery/Navigator/Compass: Fast walk or run 3km in under 25 minutes
Aspire: Walk a minimum of 2kms and five flights of stairs (walking sticks ok).
For information on how to get fit for Outward Bound you can open this document
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What activities will I do?
You’ll experience a range of activities while on your course, kayaking, sailing, ropes course, rock climbing and tramping.
On the water - kayaking, sailing, canoeing
Up high - ropes course, rock climbing, abseiling,
In the bush - tramping, solo, camping
For your community - service projects, environmental
For you - goal setting, values, running
What will be the ages of others in my group?
Depending on which course you choose, it will be a mix of ages either 16 - 18 (MBS), 18 - 26 (Classic) or 27+ years.
There will be up to 14 people in your group and you will have two Outward Bound instructors leading you through
the activities. Our watches are mixed gender (unless specified).
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Do I need to be able to swim?
You don't need to be a flash swimmer, but you need to be comfortable in water.
That means getting your head underwater. We have lifejackets available at all times.
Sunday 3 August 2014 – Saturday 23 August 2014
Sunday 31 August 2014 – Saturday 20 September 2014
Sunday 28 September 2014 – Saturday 18 October 2014
Wednesday 5 November 2014 – Tuesday 25 November 2014
Tuesday 2 December 2014 – Monday 22 December 2014
Sunday 4 January 2015 – Saturday 24 January 2015
Monday 2 February 2015 – Sunday 22 February 2015
Monday 2 March 2015 – Sunday 22 March 2015
Sunday 5 April 2015 – Saturday 25 April 2015
Sunday 10 May 2015 – Saturday 30 May 2015
Sunday 7 June 2015 – Saturday 27 June 2015
Experience a 12 day hikoi (journey) from Anakiwa to the base of Mt Aoraki (Cook) after spending 8 days at Outward Bound.
For ages 19+
Duration 20 days
2 courses a year
Based on a Classic course, with a unique aim to explore the diversity of New Zealand culture.
For ages 18-26
Duration 21 days
1 course a year
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