L1 OED - Outdoor Pursuits
Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits is our course that gives students an introduction to outdoor education. 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 their own values in relation to the outdoors.
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.
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. Visits to Bike Glendhu are planned.
Navigation and orienteering: An introduction to map reading using basic orienteering or rogaine courses.
Nordic skiing: A cross country skiing experience is provided at the Snow Farm.
Skiing and Snowboarding: An optional 6-week programme at Treble Cone, with opportunity for assessment in snowsports Unit standards. Alternate study options arranged for students who do not do this option.
Camping & Tramping: Skills in camping and environmental care assessed in conjunction with overnight trips and/or a selection of day tramps.
Canoeing: Canadian style canoes are used for trips on Lake Wānaka or the Upper Clutha river.
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. What you do need to have is a positive attitude and a commitment to demonstrating safe and responsible behaviours.
There are limited places in the Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits course. Students who wish to be considered for a place in the course will need to attend an interview with the HOD Outdoor Pursuits and HOLA Physical Education and Health. Invitations will be sent out in late August to students who select L1OED in their options selections for 2023.
How is the course assessed?
Most standards include an element of practical assessment that occurs during the outdoor sessions. Because of this, it is generally not possible to provide opportunities for reassessment.
End of course qualification
Contributes to NCEA.
WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?
This course introduced fundamental outdoor skills and knowledge across a range of contexts. Student who complete this course may elect to take additional Outdoor Pursuits courses in Year 12 or 13.
A new subject area of Outdoor Education is being developed in 2023, and may be offered as a full NCEA Achievement Standards based course at Year 12 from 2024.
For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.
A general course contribution is requested to cover the weekly costs associated with provision of transport, employing additional specialist outdoor instructors, admission costs to public venues, and hire of specialist outdoor equipment.
Overnight or extended trips are optional, and are costed separately. Fees for those trips are invoiced at the time of the trip. This includes the optional snowsports training programme in Term 3, for which a lesson package needs to be purchased directly from Cardrona/Treble Cone.
As a guide, course costs in 2022 were:
General Course Fee (for weekly OP practicals): $400
Snowsports instruction (optional) $228
Overnight tramp (optional) $45
Course costs are subject to change.
MAC has achieved AdventureMark certification for its Outdoor Pursuits programmes. This is an internationally recognised safety certification that confirms our school meets the highest levels of safety in adventure activities. This certification recognises our school’s long-standing commitment to safety in its delivery of our nationally renowned Outdoor Pursuits courses and applies to rock climbing and abseiling, white water kayaking, canoeing and rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, and alpine hiking activities.