Outward Bound Programmes

What is Outward Bound?

Outward Bound is an adventure-based experience located in Anakiwa, Marlborough Sounds, that uses the outdoors to challenge participants mentally and physically. People from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, abilities and ages attend Outward Bound. 

The aim of Outward Bound is to build relationships with community organisations whose mission aligns with that of Outward Bound, and to support them in helping their community; Outward Bound's mission being "better people, better communities, better world".

Ngaru Huhuka Programme

This is an excellent opportunity for surf lifesaving members to improve their leadership skills, as well as create relationships and connections across clubs and regions throughout NZ. This new programme formulates part of our leadership pathway with a cross over into our flagship leadership development programme, bp Leaders for Life.

Ngaru Huhuka is a metaphor for ‘the foaming wave’. Surf lifesaving course participants represent one wave of the ocean when they arrive at Outward Bound. They are a source of energy that has got them to this point.

During the course, they build momentum and like a wave they build up energy, peak and the foaming wave breaks as the course ends.

They in turn can take the “foam” (their learnings and experiences) from the course and share the development with other surf lifesaving members and their club. Just like swell lines, each year will bring a new ‘foaming wave’ of surf lifesaving course participants attend the Ngaru Huhuka programme.

This collaboration between Outward Bound and SLSNZ is a unique opportunity dedicated solely to SLSNZ members only. 

Download the Ngaru Huhuka Programme Flyer here

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE PROGRAMME AND WHAT WILL YOU GAIN?

Outward Bound courses build transferable skills and attitudes that remain far beyond a participant’s time in Anakiwa. Based on real adventure in the outdoors, the course will be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. Lessons learnt are applicable to work, study, home – and they last for life.

Activities on course may involve kayaking, high ropes, rock climbing, sailing, tramping, solo experience, running, waka ama, coasteering. No previous experience required! This unique opportunity brings together a full course dedicated to surf lifesaving members.

Participants will gain:

  • New confidence to make fast and effective decisions.
  • Experience of leading and
  • Increased resilience and
  • A calmer attitude and approach when under pressure.
  • Better relationship-building and communication skills.
  • A collaborative and team-based approach to challenges.
  • The focus and perspective to decide on future direction.
  • Increased connection within the wider surf lifesaving community.
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Ngaru Huhuka Selection Criteria 

This is an excellent opportunity for surf lifesaving members to improve their leadership skills, as well as create relationships and connections across clubs and regions throughout NZ. This new programme formulates part of our leadership pathway with a cross over into our flagship leadership development programme, bp Leaders for Life.

Application criteria:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or
  • Be a current and active SLSNZ
  • Aged between 18 – 26 years
  • Be available to attend the full course from 27th August – 16th September 2024.
  • Be a current or emerging leader at club
  • Aspire to make a real difference and recognise their need to develop as a leader.
  • Complete all SLSNZ application forms and enrolment forms including the medical form within the timeframes given by Outward Bound and SLSNZ.
  • Book and pay for travel to and from Picton and cover the cost of completing an Outward Bound medical form with their GP.
  • In collaboration with Outward Bound and SLSNZ, share their Outward Bound learning and experience with a thank you letter to their donors and promote their experience within their wider community.
  • Pay the user pays course cost of $1,500 towards the course
  • Clubs must provide endorsement for their applicants by providing a letter of support outlining their suitability to attend this leadership
  • Only 1 member (primary membership) of each club will be selected up to a total of 14 members for all New Zealand.

Applications open:  Monday 15th April 2024

APPLY NOW - Click here

Applications close: Friday 3rd May 2024

Outward Bound Scholarships

Outward Bound offers places on the following courses only.  

Discovery (8 days for 18 – 26-year-olds):

  • 19th June – 26th June 2024
  • 13th August – 20th August 2024

Classic (21 days for 18 – 26-year-olds):

  • 31st July – 20th August 2024

Masters (21 days for 27 years and above):

  • 6th June – 26th June 2024

Discovery Masters (8 days for 27 years old and above):

  • 13th August – 20th August 2024

Details:

  • SLSNZ volunteers and staff are both eligible to apply.
  • You must be a current SLSNZ member.
  • You must be a current NZ citizens or permanent residents can apply.
  • Previous Outward Bound attendees are excluded from the scholarship.
  • The scholarship recipients will pay the user pays fee of $1500 for 21 day courses.
  • All travel arrangements (and costs) to and from the course will be met by the individual (all of the courses start and finish in Picton).
  • All accepted participants must obtain full medical clearance including any pre existing conditions at their own cost through their GP.
  • Course dates are subject to change.
  • Confirmation of enrolment is subject to approval from the participant's doctor and Outward Bound.  This is to ensure the safety of the participant, the safety of others, and quality course outcomes for all.
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If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please:

  1. Download and complete the enrolment form here.
  2. Email the completed enrolment form and club endorsement to member.education@surflifesaving.org.nz. 

Further information

Dani Shepherd, Youth Education Development Officer
027 844 6758 | dani.shepherd@surflifesaving.org.nz

For more information about Outward Bound click here.