I came to Outward Bound with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. It surpassed all of my expectations. I learned more about myself in these five days than I have over the past ten years.
Doreen Hooper, BCITO
OB Pro will put you in real situations with real consequences. You'll take on a series of experiential challenges using the bush and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds as your classroom. You'll work through situations while tramping, camping, at sea and in the water, and during height activities, that will all challenge you physically, mentally and emotionally. These outdoor activities are integrated with workshop sessions led by our expert facilitators who will help you maximise the impact of your learnings and assist you in embedding these skills back in your workplace.
When you come to Outward Bound, there are items that you will need to bring with you and items that we will supply. As for the things that you need to bring - we encourage you to borrow as many items as you can, or buy second hand!
Check out our course gear list for a full run down and some hot tips on what to bring and what not to.
Our Discovery course is a personal development course which you will find out more about yourself and your limits through the challenges. Alongside physical challenges, Discovery also focuses on personal reflection and guides students on how to set personal goals and evaluate and reorganize your identified life priorities.
Our Professional course is a personal and professional development course which focuses on leadership by encouraging you to openly test your current leadership theories while learning from other professionals from various industries. Guiding you through this course are two skilled Outward Bound instructors (the same as a Discovery course) and a trained leadership facilitator (not included on Discovery course) who will provide guidance and coaching on how to be an effective leader in the workplace. This course integrates the use of 360 workplace feedback, TMS Learning Styles Profile and support post course.
Yes we can help you build a training case to present to your manager to show them the value of an Outward Bound course.
Download our employer support guide.
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it! You must be able to comfortably run 3km in under 25 minutes, plus complete a full day's physical activity.
There are varying fitness requirements for these courses:
Discovery/Professional/Leaps and Bounds: Fast walk or run 3km in under 25 minutes
Aspire: Walk a minimum of 2kms and five flights of stairs (walking sticks ok).
Check out our guide to getting fit and healthy for OB.
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