Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits Discovery


COURSE TITLE:

Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits Discovery

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The main aim of the course is discovering more about yourself and your follow students through the provision of adventurous and challenging activities in a wide variety of environmental and social contexts. Learning will take place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is available for practical lessons during most weeks of each term. 

The course themes of teamwork, organisation, self-responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity. Each experience is reviewed to gain further understanding of our achievements and discoveries. There are no formal prerequisites and you do not need to have any outdoor experience to do this course. This course will help students discover basic skills and knowledge related to outdoor pursuits, allowing the student to carry on with further study in other Outdoor Pursuits courses. In addition, it will help the student discover an understanding of how people value our environment differently and allowing them to start developing how they value it.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The main overriding theme of the course is the personal and social development of the student through the provision of adventurous and challenging activities in a wide variety of environmental and social contexts.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing: Students gain skills in using kayaks and canoes on lakes and slow moving water. An overnight canoeing expedition to Stevensons Island is included. 
  • Rock-climbing: Students get to try bouldering, top roping, belaying and abseiling. 
  • Mountain biking: an introduction to recreational biking on Wanaka’s many bike trails.
  • Navigation and orienteering: An introduction to map reading and assessed through using basic orienteering or rogaine events.
  • Nordic skiing: A 4-week programme of Nordic skiing at the Snow Farm over the winter term. This will cover classic and skate skiing. An overnight ski trip to a hut is included. 
  • Skiing and Snowboarding: A 4 week programme at Treble Cone or Cardrona, with opportunity for assessment in snowsports standards. 
  • Camping & Tramping: Skills in camping and environmental care assessed in conjunction with overnight trips and/or a selection of day tramps. 
  • Sailing: A 2 week programme run by the Wanaka Yacht Club and a final chance to complete one of the Achievement Standard assessments. 

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Learning takes place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is available for practical lessons on most weeks of the term.

The course themes of teamwork, organisation, self- responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity. Each experience is reviewed to enable transference of learning back into future activities, or to other aspects of school life.

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?


There are no formal pre-requisites. You do not need to have any outdoor experience to do this course.

ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:

ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

How is the course assessed?

Unit Standards at Level 1 and 2 (Outdoor Recreation) – 13 credits
Achievement Standards at Level 1 – 6 credits. 100% internally assessed

End of course qualification

Contributes to NCEA.

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

This course will help establish basic skills and knowledge related to outdoor pursuits, allowing the student to carry on with further study of Outdoor Pursuits courses. In addition it will help the student develop an understanding of how people value our environment differently, and allow them to start developing their own set of values relating to the outdoors. Throughout the duration of this course, all five key competencies from the new curriculum will constantly be addressed.

FURTHER INFORMATION:


INDICATIVE COSTS:

$575. This covers transport, specialist equipment and all Snowsports coaching. A season pass to for snowsports is also recommended (almost same price as purchasing day passes).