Travel to the most secluded sections of the Bahamas island chain on shallow-draft vessels; learn to navigate them and discover a remote and beautiful marine ecosystem. Learn sail handling and maneuvers such as tacking and gybing through the wind. When the breeze is calm, bring out the oars and row together to your evening anchorage. Daily lessons cover navigation, small boat seamanship, weather and anchoring to provide the tools you and your team will use to set and meet each day’s goal. Regular group discussions allow for reflection on each day and ensure that leadership and onboard responsibilities are shared, and that every crew member is involved in planning the next day. For the final phase of the course, the vessel is turned over to the crew to put all the skills you’ve learned to the test and create an unforgettable journey.
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No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
Our traditional 30-foot sailboats encourage teamwork and leadership like no other classroom. On an open boat with no cabin and no engine, students live closely together, using only wind and oars as propulsion. As they rotate responsibilities, students learn the crafts of maneuvering under sail, coastal navigation, rowing and living aboard a small open boat. At night, students sleep on deck under a tarp, taking turns at anchor watch under brilliant night skies.
Students will learn to:
Service projects are often incorporated into Outward Bound courses through coordination with local land managers, conservation groups, government agencies or social service agencies. While on expedition, students are encouraged to practice service to their team and the environment by sharing responsibilities and following Leave No Trace ethics throughout the course.
The solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. With sufficient food and equipment, students will set up camp at sites of their own, using the wilderness skills learned during the first half or two-thirds of the course. The time students spend on solo depends on the length of the course. On one-week courses, solo is four to 12 hours long; on courses three weeks or longer, solo will be up to 72 hours.
Often located along beautiful shorelines or peaceful rivers, campsites are chosen to offer as much solitude as possible (while still within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Most students spend their solo time journaling, drawing or just thinking and resting as they process lessons of the course to focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each participant at least daily.
The college years are filled with excitement and pressure, whether students are in school, getting ready to start or building their knowledge and skills within the workforce. It can be easy to let the momentum of this time take over. To get a fresh perspective, young adults need to step out of their routines and challenge themselves in new ways, discover new strengths and forge new friendships. Outward Bound instructors will coach students to step outside of their perceived limitations, assess risks and work together to achieve more than they thought possible. In the wilderness, students can unplug from their everyday life and build amazing new connections that will serve them wherever they go.
The expedition encourages students to:
The Bahamas are a network of low lying islands, shallow banks and deep blue waters just across the Gulf Stream from southern Florida. Originally inhabited by peoples moving north through the Caribbean from South America, for most of recorded history, these expansive and remote islands served as hideouts for privateers, buccaneers and pirates. These renegades were slowly brought to order by the British Crown, and the islands became a haven for fisherman, woodcutters, salt exporters and for freed slaves from the US and the Atlantic slave trade. Now a destination for sailors seeking stunning and remote cruising grounds and those researching marine ecology, the Bahamas are vibrant ecosystem and diverse culture.
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