FAQs

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

About Outward Bound

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

How can I get Outward Bound merchandise?

Our shop at Anakiwa sells fantastic branded gear and momentos Outward Bound (like the Challenge of Words book). You can buy items from the shop online or by mail order.

If you are about to go on your course you can order your gear and pick it up when you arrive.  Access the online shop here.

Yorana Aug 2014

Yorana

Enrolments Advisor

After Outward Bound

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

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

Becoming an Instructor

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

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

I can’t make the selection course, will you still consider me?

You are very unlikely to be recruited if you have not attended this course. Selection courses provide us with a clear understanding of who we are employing.

There is no recognised alternative pathway to becoming an instructor here.

Catherine Kircher

Catherine

Operations Manager

Can I observe a course to see what the role is like?

Yes. Each year we offer approximately six observer slots. These are five days long. Observers get to shadow two instructors as they work with their ‘watch’ of 14 students.

The observer role offers you an opportunity to watch an instructor in action. You do not do any instructing yourself.  We provide all food and accommodation for the observer. Priority for these slots is given to those with future prospects for employment at Outward Bound.

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

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

What pre-course work is required for Navigator?

Before you attend, we capture your personal objectives for the course and your manager expectations of your development. You will be asked to complete a workplace feedback questionnaire along with your co-workers and direct manager.

A questionnaire analysing your preferred working-style is also required to be completed.  

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

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

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

How is the design process done?

Our Business Courses Manager will interview you to understand your requirements and overall objectives. They will form a draft programme before engaging our Curriculum Manager and operations manager in the final course design.

Once the design and dates are in place a timeline of enrolment processes and any pre-course work is developed. Our enrolments team in Wellington liaise directly with individuals in your group to complete all necessary paperwork within the agreed deadlines. Payment for courses is due 6 weeks prior to attendance.

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

What work-style test is used for the Navigator course?

We use the TMI profile and 360 degree feedback reports.

These are created by Team Management Services (TMS).

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

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!

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

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

Enrolments Advisor

Fitness, health and safety

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

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

Enrolments Advisor

Do I need outdoors experience?

You don't need any prior experience, we provide a supportive environment.

We provide a supportive environment, each watch has two allocated instructors for the entirety of your course.  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. 

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

Can I smoke at Outward Bound?

Outward Bound is a smoke free, alcohol free and non-prescription drug free environment.

So you need to have quit smoking BEFORE you start your course. The environment at Outward Bound is supportive, healthy and motivating, and many people use their time to try to become healthier.  There are many things you can do to quit smoking, the best information is available from: www.quit.org.nz or call 0800 778 778.

Mandy

Mandy

Enrolments Manager

Outward Bound courses

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

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

Will I get a course programme?

In short, no! Part of the magic is not knowing what’s coming next.

In short, no! Part of the magic is not knowing what’s coming next. Live in the moment and take each adventure as it comes!

Petrina Smith

Petrina

Enrolments Advisor

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).

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager


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