Nick Williamson did an OB course when he was a teenager and loved it so much he came back to join our team of instructors 10 years later! He came from a background in Primary School teaching and Adventure Racing.
How did you get into outdoor instructing?
One of my first experiences of outdoor education was back in 2005 when I attended an Outward Bound course a couple of weeks after finishing high school. I really enjoyed the course, but the thing which stuck with me the most was the vibe I felt among the staff at OB. I had never experienced a workplace, or any other group of people for that matter, with so much energy and as much sense of fun and support for one another. The seed was planted!
After high school I went to university and studied psychology, before training to be a primary school teacher. I also started spending a lot more time in the outdoors. Following my graduation I started work as a primary school teacher in Dunedin. Around the same time my sister and her husband both started as instructors at OB. As a devoted younger brother, I visited them on a number of occasions during their time in Anakiwa. During these visits I experienced the same amazing culture that I remembered from back in 2005 and decided then and there that I wanted to join. I had a chat with Jon (Outward Bound Training Manager) and realized that through my personal missions I had acquired enough of a base of hard skills so I applied for selection and lo and behold here I am!