L3OP Outdoor Pursuits Leadership

The OP Leadership Course builds on the skills developed in the OP Challenge Course.

There is an emphasis on students acquiring the judgement and skills to be able to act with independence in the outdoors. There is a strong theme of personal adventure and most course modules are supported by an extended adventurous trip where the students can apply their learning whilst under direct supervision. 

Students in the Leadership course will have opportunities to learn skills in group management, leadership, safety planning and evaluation. They will assist with planning and running outdoor activities for younger students and may assist with junior camps. 

As there are more of these experiences, most of which require some investment of personal time, a strong commitment to the course is expected. It is preferable that students entering should have prior outdoor experience. 

However, the right attitude is more important than anything else. Students seeking direct entry (e.g. new students) should consult the HOD. Students are assessed against NZQA Achievement Standards and Unit Standards in Outdoor Recreation. These are mostly at Level 3 and Level 4.

The Level 3 Outdoor Pursuits course is intended to equip students with the skills and judgement to be capable of operating independently in the outdoors. The course is built around the study of a core of pursuit activities, through which leadership, communication and safety management are also examined.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Outdoor Pursuits Leadership course builds on the skills developed in the Outdoor Pursuits Challenge course. There is an emphasis on

students acquiring the judgement and skills to be able to act with independence in the
outdoors. There is a strong theme of personal adventure and most course modules are supported by an extended adventurous trip where the students can apply their learning whilst under direct supervision.

Students in the Leadership course will have opportunities to learn skills in group management, leadership, safety planning and evaluation. They will assist with planning and running outdoor activities for younger students and may assist with junior camps.

The practical pursuits include:

  • Kayaking: Students reach a level of independence in kayaking on grade 2 rivers and culminating in an assessment trip to the Upper Shotover River. 
  • Rock-climbing: Includes lead climbing, safe descents, belays and anchors. Students will use their learning to plan and run climbing sessions. 
  • Canyoning: An introduction to canyoning skills. 
  • Alpine Expedition: A 3 day trip to Mount Cook for multipitch rock climbing and an alpine tramp to Mueller Hut. 
  • Alpine skills: Avalanche Awareness/backcountry trip: Safe alpine travel skills are assessed on an overnight backcountry trip on skis or snowshoes. 
  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Training and assessment at Treble Cone. 
  • Leadership: Plan and run a recreation activity for a group of younger students. It will require the level 3 OP students to develop an activity with many of the principles of leadership, which they have discovered during the early pursuits they have participated in. 

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Learning takes place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and individual research. One afternoon per week is allocated to practical lessons. There is at least one extended trip each term, so a strong commitment to the course is required.

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?

Ideally you should have done the Outdoor Pursuits Challenge course or an equivalent course at a previous school. The right attitude is far more important than hard skills, so the course is open to any Year 13 students with a genuine passion for the outdoors.Students seeking direct entry to the course, and all new students to the college, should consult the Head of Department.The Outdoor Pursuits Leadership course is open only to Year 13 students. 


ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:

ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

How is the course assessed?

Level 3 Unit Standards in Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Avalanche, Risk Management and Leadership. Level 3 or 4 Unit Standards in Snowsports.
23 credits.

100% assessed internally assessed. 

End of course qualification

Contributes to NCEA.

For more information go to: op.mtaspiring.school.nz

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

The course leads to a tertiary outdoor education course, a career in teaching and instructing in the outdoors or in the adventure tourism industry. It also develops an awareness of how to use your leisure time, an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and an increased ability to work with others.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND LINKS:

INDICATIVE COSTS:

$575. This covers transport, additional costs and use of outdoor equipment. Students will need their own ski or snowboard gear, including a helmet. A season pass for Treble Cone is required, and available at a discounted price of $99.