Kris Ward, Batten 602, was awarded a scholarship for a Classic course in 2015. Two and a half years on, he's smashed the goals he set on his course and is currently sailing across the Atlantic living his dream!
My goals that I set on solo were to complete my 3 year painting & decorating apprenticeship and then go and chase a job on the super yachts. Two and a half years on from OB, I'm now 21 with over 13,000 nautical miles under my belt working as Deckhand (1 of 6 full-time crew) on a 143ft performance carbon sailing yacht that cruises around the world.
I now have a new set of goals which I strive for everyday and have big aspirations of becoming a Captain one day. I just wanted to pass on that I wouldn't be where I am now without my OB course and the personal skills I developed alongside my fellow Batten Watchmates!
I guess it goes without saying that I would recommend anyone choosing the Outward Bound experience. I think every single Kiwi could gain something super positive from the experience!
Kris, Batten 602