FAQs

Got a few questions about Outward Bound that you need answered? Check out the FAQs below.

About Outward Bound

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.

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.

lisa healy

Lisa

Relationship Manager

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.

Simone Harris

Simone

Administration Support Officer

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

Isn't Outward Bound just for teenagers?

More than three quarters of Outward Bound participants are over 18. Our courses are tailored for whichever phase you're at in life.

Our adult courses place heavy emphasis on re-energising, taking time out for yourself and breaking away from your routine - all things that we face a little later in life.

Jon

Jon

Training Manager

After Outward Bound

How can I support Outward Bound?

Becoming a regular giver is the most effective 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'. C

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. Check out our guide to getting fit and healthy for OB. 

Simone Harris

Simone

Administration Support Officer

What other challenges can I try?

As well as completing your own goals, you could get involved in the Young New Zealanders' Challenge (you might know this as The Duke of Edinburgh Awards in NZ).

Visit their website for more information. www.challengenz.org.nz 

Mandy

Mandy

Enrolments Manager

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.

20150320_103903

Eloise

Enrolments Coordinator

Becoming an Instructor

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.

Simon Graney

Simon Graney

Safety Manager

How many selection courses do you run each year?

We only run one selection course each year. The dates are advertised on our website and sent to our growing list of people interested in working for us.

If you are keen but our dates are not advertised, please make yourself known by contacting us now!

Jon

Jon

Training 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

Can you help me build a training case for my employer?

Yes we can help you build a training case to present to your manager to show them the value of an Outward Bound course.

Download our employer support guide.

Jayde Meach

Jayde

Business Development Manager

How do I take the time out of work?

We understand it can be difficult to balance your commitments with a course. Try involving and engaging your employer in your Outward Bound programme. Explain what you'll get out of it and how your effectiveness at work should also improve.

For inspiration on how to manage taking time out of work, watch David's story.

Jayde Meach

Jayde

Business Development Manager

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 for Navigator participants who finish at 4pm).  For further information check out our Travel Info

 

simon graney

Simon

School Director

Business

How is a custom programme designed?

We'll undertake a learning needs analysis to understand your business landscape. We'll look at your overall organisational goals, values and your learning and development priorities.

From there, we'll formulate your learning outcomes and devise a draft programme for your review. 

Jayde Meach

Jayde

Business Development Manager

Which companies use Outward Bound?

Many organisations from a diverse range of industries develop their employees with Outward Bound. They include:

Mainfreight Ltd, Compass Health, Ministry for Primary Industries, Foodstuffs, New Zealand Defence Force, Fletcher Building, BCITO, Fonterra Cooperative Group, ASB Bank, Methanex, Hyundai, IAG, Reserve Bank of New Zealand and many more.

Victor Klap

Victor

CEO

Is there financial support for small business?

For small business (under 50 employees) there is support for the Navigator Leadership Course through the NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme. Through this scheme up to 50% of the course fee may be covered.

Registering for this service is a simple process and will also provide a wide range of other support for further training and development and business growth.  Follow this link for more information on what to do: NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme

Jayde Meach

Jayde

Business Development Manager

How many people can you cater for?

Most custom design courses cater to groups from 10-28 people. Our facility can accommodate up to 120 people, it's best to call us to discuss your options.

 

simon graney

Simon

School Director

During your course

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!

simon graney

Simon

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.

lisa healy

Lisa

Relationship Manager

Where will I sleep?

Most nights you will sleep in a bunkhouse with your watch (group)

Some nights you will sleep outdoors.

Alyssa Boobyer

Alyssa

Relationship Manager

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

Relationship Manager

Fitness, health and safety

How safe is Outward Bound?

Outward Bound is the leading outdoor learning and development provider. We aspire to make our programmes as genuinely adventurous as possible in order for participants to gain maximum benefit.

To support this aspiration, we have robust systems of safety and risk management in place. From internal and external safety audits to a dedicated advisory committee, we believe we have the right measures in place to assure the safety of your group. For more information, read our safety protocols.

Simon Graney

Simon Graney

Safety Manager

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).

Check out our guide to getting fit and healthy for OB. 

lisa healy

Lisa

Relationship Manager

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.

Alyssa Boobyer

Alyssa

Relationship Manager

Do I need experience in the outdoors?

No, you don't need to have any experience of outdoor activities or spending time in the wild.

You simply need to be willing to give the activities a go.  The more you get involved, the more you will get out of your course. 

Jayde Meach

Jayde

Business Development Manager

Outward Bound courses

How is Recharge different to other OB courses?

You'll try out new challenges and activities with a focus on setting new goals.

You'll revisit some of your previous learning from OB but also discover new elements of your character and your capability. You'll spend less time learning the ropes of the school and more quality time enjoying the beauty that is Anakiwa.

Victor Klap

Victor

CEO

Does a 21-day course provide credit for Duke of Edinburgh award?

Yes our courses meet or exceed the requirements for Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (DoE) at the Gold level.

This includes:

  • Residential Section (5 days 4 nights away from home)
  • Adventurous Journey Training
  • Adventurous Journey Practices

Learn more here.

20150320_103903

Eloise

Enrolments Coordinator

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.

Jayde Meach

Jayde

Business Development Manager

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
Catherine Kircher

Catherine

Operations Manager


You are here:

  1. Home
  2. Courses
  3. FAQs

Get in touch