Level 3 Outdoor Pursuits Challenge

The Outdoor Pursuits Challenge Course is open to any Year 13 student. You do not need to have any previous outdoor experience to do this course, although does naturally follow on from the Level 2 Outdoor Pursuits Challenge course. The activities are suitable for students of any ability level yet offer scope to challenge each individual. 

Learning takes place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is allocated to practical lessons.

The course themes of teamwork, personal challenge, 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.

There are no formal prerequisites. All activities are structured to allow you to learn everything from scratch. If you do have previous experience you will have an opportunity to take more responsibility for helping the group. Activities can be differentiated to allow each student to be challenged at the level that suits them.

 

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Level 3 OP Challenge Course offers Year 13 students the chance to participate in a broad range of outdoor experiences. Across the whole year students will learn and apply skills in activity planning, preparation and delivery, and through guided reflection will review and evaluate each experience. There will be some specialisation in water based pursuits (kayaking, sea kayaking) in order to offer deep learning opportunities. Rock climbing, tramping and snowsports will also be offered and will extend on the skills developed at Level 1 and/or Level 2. 
No prior experience is needed in any particular pursuits and students of all abilities will be catered for with a differentiated approach to instruction. At all times a challenge by choice ethos will underpin the course. 

The practical pursuits include: 
  • Kayaking: develop skills to be able to paddle on whitewater rivers up to Grade 2 level in kayaks, rafts and canoes. River rescue, safety and environmental care are covered. 
  • Sea Kayaking: Possibly an opportunity to learn introductory sea kayaking skills. (in development)
  • Rock-climbing: covers all aspects of climbing but with particular emphasis on top rope and lead climbing. 
  • Tramping: Backcountry skills and navigation through a tramping experience.
  • Skiing or snowboarding: a 7 week programme at Treble Cone culminating in assessment towards Achievement Standards in skiing or snowboarding. Students train in small groups with professional instructors. 
  • Stand-up paddleboarding, canyoning and first aid may also be offered.
  • Service: An outdoor related service project will be planned and run by each class. 
  • Leadership: An opportunity to give back to the next generation by planning and running outdoor activities for some junior students. 

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 allocated to practical lessons.

The course themes of teamwork, personal challenge, 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. All activities are structured to allow you to learn everything from scratch. If you do have previous experience you will have an opportunity to take more responsibility for helping the group. Activities can be differentiated to allow each student to be challenged at the level that suits them.


ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:

ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

How is the course assessed?

Unit or Achievemnet Standards at Level 3: up to 24 credits

100% internally assessed

End of course qualification

Contributes to NCEA.

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

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

This course could lead students to further training or careers in the outdoors (guiding, instructing, adventure tourism). It will hopefully prepare students with the skills, confidence and sound judgement to continue to be independent and active in a range of outdoor leisure activities. 

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INDICATIVE COSTS:

$600 This covers transport, snowsports coaching costs and use of outdoor equipment. Students need ski or snowboard equipment (their own or rental) including a helmet. Price subject to change once final programme elements are confirmed. A season pass for Treble Cone is required. (2018 price was $149)