Outward Bound will continue to run courses during NZ's Alert Level 1, Level 2, and Level '2.5'.
See the table below for a brief overview, and scroll down for more detailed information.
An Outward Bound course under Alert Level 2
An Outward Bound course brings people together from all over the country, into a situation where some degree of prolonged close contact is inevitable. This will happen in the watchhouse accommodation and during activities. You could find yourself helping someone up a bush scramble, sleeping under a communal fly, or sailing a 10-metre boat with 13 others.
Regardless of what the activities entail, an Outward Bound course always creates bonds of closeness. Operating under Level 2 in August has brought home to us that whatever directives we give, many of our students will continue to hug and high-five.
It seems very likely that we’ll operate under Level 2 again in the future, so we should communicate with you what to expect:
- If you’re sick, stay home – and if that happens while on course, we have recovery rooms where you can get better in isolated comfort, but it may be boring!
- We can make sure that we have no more than 100 people in any defined space.
- We’ve asked you to bring washable fabric facemasks – bring three or more, and please make sure these are clearly identified as yours. We’ll provide disposable facemasks for you to use when you are helping us out in the kitchen, as we recognise that is an area where we need to be particularly careful.
- We’ll have the contact details of every student on the course, and we encourage you to use the COVID Tracer app diligently before and after your course. If ‘COVID hotspots’ are identified in the news we’ll communicate these to students while on course, in case you’ve passed through one.
- As for physical distancing, we don’t consider ourselves to be a single bubble, as a ‘normal’ school can. But nor are we a standard public venue, given our contact tracing and hygiene protocols. So, with your help, this is how physical distancing works while on a course:
Each watch is up to 14 students. Those people will at times be closer than 1 metre - you’ll get to know them well! You’ll be sharing a living space, bunks, bathrooms, a dining room table, and activity equipment.
You’ll end up physically close to your two instructors at times, and they’ll go home most nights to their family and friends. And some of those people might work or recreate out in the wider community.
You’ll stay 2 metres away from people in other watches - there could be 100 or more of them on site. You’ll have no or minimal contact (at a distance) with any members of the public.
You’ll help us and your watchmates out by maintaining great personal hygiene, and by keeping the place hygienically clean. We’ll have extra cleaning staff on duty too.
Any students displaying COVID symptoms while in Anakiwa will be isolated and tested if they meet the guidelines for testing. After testing, medical guidance will be followed with regards to continued isolation.
If you have any questions about the information above or anything else please do contact our team on 0800 688 927 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm) or firstname.lastname@example.org