Outward Bound and SLSNZ Join Forces for Bespoke Course

Monday, 15 April 2024

Outward Bound is known for its life-changing courses, empowering people to reach their full potential.  And now, for the first time ever, a bespoke programme tailored to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) members has been created.

Called Ngaru Huhuka, the course offers an exciting opportunity for members to improve their leadership skills while fostering relationships across Surf Life Saving clubs and regions throughout New Zealand.

Belinda Slement, SLSNZ Education Manager, said, “Outward Bound and SLSNZ both champion similar values: unlocking personal growth through outdoor challenges and adventures, and cultivating skills and mindsets that last a lifetime.  This collaboration therefore felt like a natural fit.”

Originating in Wales in 1941, Outward Bound has since expanded to over 40 schools across 30 countries.  Outward Bound New Zealand has operated in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds since 1962 with over 70,000 participants.  However, this marks the inaugural Surf Life Saving course which has been tailored to align with SLSNZ’s objectives and ethos. 

Slement said, “We’re excited to have our unique stamp on an Outward Bound course, epitomised by its title ‘Ngaru Huhuka – the foaming wave’.  This title resonates with the deep connection the Surf Life Saving community has with water, and like a wave during the course, participants will build momentum and energy before peaking, foaming, and breaking as the course ends.”

The 21-day course is for SLSNZ members aged between 18-26 years old and will run from 27 August to 16 September 2024. 

Some of the course activities include kayaking, high ropes, rock climbing, tramping, solo experience, and coasteering. 

Slement said, “The course will be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, with participants encouraged to reflect and push beyond their comfort zones.  It’s going to be tough, but the skills and insights they learn from this experience will be invaluable – they’ll become more confident and resilient, develop better communication skills, learn how to cope under pressure, and how to thrive in a team environment.”

It's hoped the participants will be able to apply these new skills in all aspects of their lives – work, study, and home.  Surf Life Saving clubs will also benefit from their young leaders attending.

Slement emphasised, “Outward Bound’s mission is to create better people, better communities, and a better world.  We hope that this new course will not only develop our members but also the clubs and communities that they are a part of.”

Applications are currently open and will close 3 May 2024.  Click here to learn more and apply – spaces are limited.