Some of our commonly asked questions answered...
You will need to be able to take part in a full day of activities, be able to walk for at least 2km over uneven terrain and be able to get up and down at least 5 flights of stairs comfortably.
The days can be quite busy at Outward Bound as there is a lot to fit in. You will start early each morning with some sort of exercise and a dip in the water before heading off for the day's activities. There will be regular rest breaks on this course. Life jackets are available at all times if you want one.
If your condition means you are unable to run, you will not be required to do so. We run PT sessions in the mornings on the days that you are staying at the school. These sessions involve a 3.2km fast walk for our Discovery Low Impact students. If you are able to run or want to try, you will be supportively challenged.
There will be minimal lifting involved on this course. You will need to work alongside your watch with packing and loading gear for the relevant activities e.g. for sailing, waka ama, height activities.
Yes - poles are provided for students if they want to use them, or you can bring your own.
Ministry of Social Development may provide funding for eligible participants to attend our 'Discovery Low Impact' course. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- Be an NZ citizen or resident
- Have a disability recognised by MSD
- Not be in full-time employment (30+ hours per week)
- Not be a full-time student
If you think you may qualify for MSD funding please call us to discuss.
Due to the need for a more supportive course delivery model to enable successful student outcomes, more staffing hours are required from our Kaiako/Instructors and Anakiwa support team to deliver Discovery Low Impact compared to our Discovery course.
Outward Bound is your opportunity to simply be yourself, without the expectations of people who know you. For this reason, we don't allow you to attend a course with friends or people you know.
You can attend at the same time as someone you know, however, we will put you in different groups (where available).
Our Leaps & Bounds and Custom Design courses are the exception to this rule.