FAQs

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

About Outward Bound

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

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

After Outward Bound

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

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

Becoming an Instructor

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

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

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

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

Are there any medical requirements?

You must complete an Outward Bound medical form with a doctor.

This will be reviewed by our nurse. If you are concerned about a medical condition, please call us to talk it through. 

Mandy

Mandy

Enrolments 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 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

Business

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 however, finding available room in our year planner for these numbers can be a real challenge.

If you have a large number of delegates it's worth calling us to discuss the options. If we cannot accommodate we may be able to help you find someone else in the region who can.

Rob MacLean (School director)

Rob

School Director

How is this different than usual team building?

While there is fun to be had on a course, these courses are more akin to a well facilitated development programme usually attempted indoors. The value is the quality of facilitation towards outcomes and the depth of relationship building that comes from our outdoors setting.

Most team building options elsewhere are too short and poorly integrated into the content and intended objectives. We pride ourselves on delivering well integrated quality development that delivers on it's promise.

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

How much workshop time is included in Navigator?

Formal facilitation time is approximately 12 hours. There is also informal group discussion in the field and guided reflection activities.

Debriefing regularly occurs throughout the course. This process significantly helps participants to connect and transfer field situations into practical actions in the workplace.  

Catherine Kircher

Catherine

Operations Manager

Can we come and do a half-day activity?

We prefer to focus on team development rather than offering a fun half-day activity. In special circumstances we will consider one day programmes. Most often courses are 2-5 days.

The value of residential overnight programmes compared to a team building activity day is significant. We strongly support employers to invest time into their programmes to get maximum long term outcomes.

Shane Wratt

Shane

Business Courses Manager

During your course

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

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

Fitness, health and safety

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

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

Outward Bound courses

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

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


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