Outward Bound Scholarships

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".

All Outward Bound courses are designed on these principles:

  • Learning through Experience - learn by doing! Learn more about yourself and others from challenge, success and failure, self reflection and feedback. All activities are designed to promote learning that can be transferred to home and work.
  • Adventure and Challenge - Courses are based on real adventure. You will have experiences that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. We will push your limits and help you conquer your fears!
  • Physical Activities in the Outdoors - All activities involve situations where there are real consequences. Highly skilled instructors deliver courses, which will include activities such as: Sailing, Kayaking, High ropes, Rock climbing, Solo experience, Tramping, Physical training. You don't need previous outdoors experience to participate.
  • Safe and Supportive Environment - Clearly maintained boundaries which ensure physical and emotional safety. Supportive relationships and culture. 
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Outward Bound Scholarships

Outward Bound offers places on the following courses only.  

Classic - click here for more information
  • Ages 18-26 years
  • 21 days
  • Scholarship is valued up to 75% of course cost
    2nd February – 22nd February 2024
    5th May – 25th May 2024
    3rd June – 23rd June 2024


Masters - click here for more information

  • Ages 27 years and above
  • 21 days
  • Scholarship is valued up to 75% of course cost
    2nd February – 22nd February 2024
    3rd June – 23rd June 2024


  • 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.
  • A high majority of the course fees are funded by Outward Bound; however the scholarship recipient will be required to contribute the costs as per the above course to Outward Bound.
  • 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).
  • Any medical clearance related costs will be met by the individual.
  • 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.

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.