FAQs

Have a few questions about Outward Bound you need answered? Check out the FAQs below!

About Outward Bound

What does 'Outward Bound' mean?

Outward Bound is the nautical expression for when a ship is leaving harbour. When a ship leaves harbour, it is vulnerable to the challenges of a journey. If a ship stays in port it is usually safe, but is not achieving it's purpose.

Like a ship leaving safety to face challenges at sea, participants on an Outward Bound course leave the safety of their lifestyles to face personal challenges on a course.

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Paula

Executive Assistant

What are your instructors like?

Our instructors are integral to safety. We select only the best in the business - they have a great combination of skill, experience and ability with people.

Our instructors have a rigorous six month training and induction programme, on top of their existing experience. All our courses are assigned at least two instructors.

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Simone

Enrolments Advisor

Has anyone famous done Outward Bound?

Obviously! With over 48,000 New Zealanders (and overseas participants) having completed an Outward Bound course, it is obvious that well known and great people have been to Anakiwa.

Trevor Taylor

Trevor

CEO

How do I become an instructor?

Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and professional disciplines. To work at Outward Bound you'd be expected to have outdoor education skills as well as superb people skills.

We recruit once a year and go through a staff selection process. This involves suitable candidates attending a short course at Anakiwa and working with our selection team. More information on staff selection.

Jon

Jon

Training Manager

After Outward Bound

How can I get in touch with my instructors?

Once a course has finished it is difficult to contact the instructors. Because they're often away from the school, instructors can rarely be reached by phone.

Send emails to the school using the address anakiwa@outwardbound.co.nz. Put your instructor's name in the subject line and these will be passed on.

Petrina Smith

Petrina

Enrolments Advisor

After your course?

make sure you register on MyWatchmates - our site for students who have completed their Outward Bound course.

Through this you can stay in touch with new or old Outward Bound friends, see course photos, be part of the OB community, find out about events, share your stories and photos

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

How can I support Outward Bound?

A donation is the most important way you can support our work. we are a charitable trust and we rely on the support of the community. Outward Bound can have a major positive effect on individuals. Your donation ensures our work at Outward Bound continues.

When you make a donation you help towards our vision of 'Better People, Better Communities, Better World'. Here is more information about supporting Outward Bound. You can also call us on 0800 688 927 (0800 OUTWARD) or (04) 472 3440 or email fundraising if you are interested in making a donation.

Sue Childs

Sue

Funding Advisor

How do I stay fit?

Keep training! It's easier to keep up your fitness rather than having to rebuild it. Try to work some exercise into your daily routine and keep doing it. If you're having trouble with motivation, try a local sports club or find a training buddy.

Sports and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) provide useful information about sports bodies in New Zealand. The National Sports link has the national office of most sports organisations.

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Simone

Enrolments Advisor

Becoming an Instructor

Have I got enough experience?

We recommend you complete the Instructor Application form and summary of previous experience sheets. These are shown just above these questions. Send these to the training manager.

We will be happy to give you feedback once these are completed.  

Rob MacLean (School director)

Rob

School Director

What is an instructors work schedule like?

You are contracted to work 200 days per year, including staff training (20 days). Typically you work 17 days of each 21 day course, you get 4 days off and at least 5 days off between courses.

You never work more than 9 days in a row. After working 5 courses you get 5-6 weeks off. This happens twice a year!

Catherine Kircher

Catherine

Operations Manager

Do you hire instructors from overseas?

We are currently exploring the possibility of hiring staff from overseas, as we believe there are a number of worthy candidates with great skills to offer.

In order to hire staff from overseas, we need to show New Zealand’s Immigration Department that we are unable to find a New Zealander to perform the same role. We also need to show that the overseas applicant has all the skills required to perform the role.
If you are an international applicant, and interested in applying to work for us, you will need to fulfil this criteria. You will also need to apply for a new 12-month work visa every year, as you will be expected to undertake a full three year contract with us here at Outward Bound.
Currently we have a need for instructors with skills in a number of outdoor activities, with an emphasis on sailing and instructing.

Jon

Jon

Training Manager

I don’t have everything you ask for, should I still apply?

Yes. Often it takes a while to get your accreditation's or experience. Knowing what you currently offer helps us advise you on when you should attend our selection course.

We can also advise you on what you should do to get more skills or the right sort of work experience.

Malcolm Hughes (Saftey Manager)

Malcolm Hughes

Safety Manager

Booking and preparing

Can you help with funding my course fees?

Yes! Whatever your financial circumstances we can support you to fundraise.

If you’re willing to put in some effort, we’ll be here to back you all the way. Check out our fundraising guide, website or call us on 0800 688 927 for more info.

Sue Childs

Sue

Funding Advisor

How do I travel to Outward Bound?

There are many options for getting to Anakiwa - ferry, bus, train or fly. The best choice will depend on where you are travelling from.

You're responsible  for getting yourself to the Picton Interislander ferry terminal by 12.30pm on your course start day. You will be dropped back at the terminal by 12.30pm on the last day of your course (except the Navigator participants who finish at 4pm).  We'll send you tips on how to get to Outward Bound in your enrolment pack.   For further information you can open our Travel Info document.

 

Rob MacLean (School director)

Rob

School Director

What gear do I need to bring?

We’ll send you a gear list telling you what you need to bring in your enrolment pack.

Outward Bound provides all specialist gear like tents, sleeping bags, tramping packs, life jackets and helmets, and we even have warm and waterproof clothing to borrow too.  You can download our Gear List.

Catherine Kircher

Catherine

Operations Manager

When do I have to pay by?

Full course fees are due eight weeks before the course start date.

If you enrol closer than eight weeks before the course start date, the full fee is payable immediately. Note that professional enrolments i.e. enrolments with fees paid by the employer or enrolments on our Navigator or Compass courses are subject to different cancellation and payment conditions. 

Sue Childs

Sue

Funding Advisor

Business

Does a performance report get issued after the course?

We do not write reports on individual performance. There are a number of other reports included in the course and individual action plans are formulated prior to completion.

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

What is the food and accommodation like?

We have a dedicated catering team who produce great meals for active bodies. Main meals are placed on the table and teams share from the selection of food available. Special dietary requirements are also catered for.

Accommodation consists of functional bunk style rooms (called watch houses) with adjacent bathrooms and wash areas.

Paul Hayde (Catering manager)

Paul

Catering Manager

I'm 30, will everyone be younger than me?

Possibly but not probably. Compass is more about stage than age. If you are early in your career and hungry for further non-technical development this course will suit you. Age ranges vary from 20-35 for this course.

Petrina Smith

Petrina

Enrolments Advisor

What makes Navigator different than the Compass course?

Navigator has a specific focus on leadership development. It is more suited to managers who currently have direct reports or expect to have direct reports in the near future.

This course includes a specialist business facilitator, leadership assessment tools and feedback processes.

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

During your course

Can I arrive late or early?

You are required to arrive and depart at the times specified. Because of the way the courses are structured, there is no way of knowing where your Watch (group) will be at a particular time.

You will not be able to join your watch once they have started an activity. The course finishes with a ceremony: this is your last opportunity to be together as a watch. We are unable to arrange for you to leave early.

Alyssa Boobyer

Alyssa

Enrolments Advisor

What will I eat?

We keep you well fed with healthy and delicious food.

This includes all meals and snacks. We can cater for vegetarians and vegans, and for gluten or dairy free diets. Make sure you tell us about any dietry requirements when you enrol!

Rob MacLean (School director)

Rob

School Director

How do I keep in touch with my family and friends?

Letter writing is a great way to keep in touch during your course.

We will ask you to hand your mobile phone in at the start of your course so you can make the most of your experience and not get distracted. You can use our phone to make and receive calls in an emergency.

Yorana Aug 2014

Yorana

Enrolments Advisor

Can I phone home/work or take calls during the course?

Calls from home, friends or work will interrupt and distract you from your course so you won't be able to use your mobile phone.

This is an opportunity to take time away for yourself. However, if you do really need to get in contact with home at any point during the course then you can talk to your instructors about arranging that.

Rob MacLean (School director)

Rob

School Director

Fitness, health and safety

Is Outward Bound safe?

We have a rigorous safety programme that includes a dedicated safety manager, external safety committee and audits.

We also monitor weather regularly and adjust activities accordingly. We are OutdoorsMark certified. OutdoorsMark is a systems audit for operational safety policies, procedures and practices.

Malcolm Hughes (Saftey Manager)

Malcolm Hughes

Safety Manager

How fit do I need to be for an 8-day course?

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your course! The minimum fitness for 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 read this document Get Fit & Smokefree

Petrina Smith

Petrina

Enrolments Advisor

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be able to take part in a full day of activities and be comfortable in and around the water.

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.

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Simone

Enrolments Advisor

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 Get Fit & Smokefree

Yorana Aug 2014

Yorana

Enrolments Advisor

Outward Bound courses

Is Outward Bound a boot camp?

We are not a boot camp!

It's all about giving the activities a go in a supportive environment.

Catherine Kircher

Catherine

Operations Manager

So what's an Outward Bound course really like?

Generally you can expect to be challenged and that might be physically, mentally or emotional. It is very real - at times you may get dirty, tired and wet at the same time you may feel refreshed, exhilarated and triumphant.

We keep you well fed with healthy food. It is the challenge of overcoming the perceived impossible as a team that makes a course special. Through being with people 24/7, talking about what is really going on for you, and hearing what's really going on with them, you get a better appreciation of yourself, others and how you deal with the world. See course information for the details.

Yorana Aug 2014

Yorana

Enrolments Advisor

What if the course I want to enroll on is showing waitlist or full?

Have a look at the course you want to enroll on and check whether you can waitlist. If you can, this is one way of hopefully getting on your preferred course.

If you have a course you can attend, please apply for it and waitlist for the course you would like to attend.

Petrina Smith

Petrina

Enrolments Advisor

Can I go with my partner, friends or family?

Outward Bound is your opportunity to make new friends and to simply be you.

Without the expectations of people who know you. You can attend at the same time as your friend - we will put you in different watches (where available).  We do have one exception, this our Leaps & Bounds course which is custom designed for parent/caregivers and their teens.

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager


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