I honestly think I am living potential I previously didn’t believe I had. I am open with others, listen more, know how to extend my influence and I regularly step into areas that are a challenge for me.
OB Pro will put you in real situations with real consequences. You'll take on a series of experiential challenges, using the bush, mountains 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.
A recent article we published on the Professionelle Foundation website supporting women in business, gives more information about the programme and its goals.
True leadership is built from the inside out and although the Outward Bound activities will be similar to other courses involving sailing, the solo experience, scaling rock faces and jumping off jetties, the focus will definitely be on building mettle, developing self awareness and creating a supportive peer network, says course facilitator, Tania Gough.
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.
Like our Professional courses, Women in Leadership includes workshops delivered by a trained facilitator and TMI profiling analysis. The Women in Leadership course focuses specifically on supporting students to reach professional goals with a focus on honing their own personal leadership style. Our Discovery and Discovery Masters courses follow our traditional Outward Bound model with a compact 8 day course that focuses more on personal development: building confidence, realising a personal goal, better communication skills, how to work in a team and revitilising body and mind. Both courses use the beautiful outdoors as the classroom and both courses offer a range of activities including sailing, high ropes, rock climbing, river kayaking, tramping and navigation.
The minimum fitness requirement is to be able to either run or fast walk 3km in under 25 minutes. You do not have to be an experienced runner and will be supported by your peers and instructors during all activities. Running is only a small part of the programme.
You need to be able to swim and/or paddle in deep water and be comfortable with putting your head under water. During water based activities, you will be wearing a lifejacket.
No. All participants are required to meet the medical and physical requirements for the course, but there is no specific age limit.
Please note - this is for Professional, Women in Leadership and Wellbeing courses only.
Activities on the Professional courses are simply the vehicle for learning, not the overall focus of the programme. In fact one of the most important elements of your programme is a series of facilitated review sessions. Participants take time to reflect on their performance and process the days events, guided by their facilitator. With this, and the use of peer feedback, participants are able to assimilate their learning and behaviours back to the workplace.
Yes we can help you build a training case to present to your manager to show them the value of an Outward Bound course.
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She says "Outward Bound gave me the confidence to take risks and believe in my abilities. I valued the 360 degree feedback from my peers and colleagues who also attended – and the opportunities to watch other women lead in a different style from me."Read more about Lisa's experience
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