Our courses take place in Marlborough Sounds as they provide an amazing outdoor classroom! Our students are placed in unfamiliar settings where there are real consequences, providing an opportunity to learn through experience. We have a comprehensive and rigorous safety programme and strive to deliver quality courses in a safe and supportive environment.
How we manage risk
We have our own dedicated Safety Manager plus an External Safety Advisory Committee that includes independent outdoor industry experts. We have a regular program of external safety audits in place this includes Outdoorsmark Safety audit certification. Outward Bound International carries out its own audits of the New Zealand program every four years. It currently rates our safety program as 'exemplary'. The last review of Outward Bound's safety policy was conducted in 2013.
Instructors are integral to safety. We select only the best for the job. We look for people who have the right combination of skills, experience and abilities. On top of their existing experience our instructors are required to complete a rigorous six month training and induction programme.
To ensure the safety of participants our Duty Manager regularly monitors weather warnings from the Met Service and communicates these to relevant staff. Potential weather problems are identified in advance and activities are adjusted accordingly.