Paddle through lush mangrove tunnels. Explore a land of contrast amidst tropic and semi-tropic zones, land, and sea and salt and fresh water. Learn to work together to read tide charts, explore unique ecosystems, cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars. Discover what makes the Ten Thousand Islands in Florida famous worldwide; understand its environmental value; and learn how we can better take care of it. During the journey, share life experiences with the group and participate in activities that encourage you to examine where you’ve been, where you are now and where you would like to go in life.
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Unplug from electronic devices and plug into the fundamentals of the natural world on an Adult expedition with Outward Bound. Acquire essential outdoor skills and experience rugged wilderness adventures as skilled Instructors urge you to surpass expectations and realize “there is more in you than you know.” With physical challenge, time for rest and reflection and conversations dedicated to evaluating life priorities, our adult courses are refreshing, reaffirming and rejuvenating.
On this course, students will be navigating the Florida Everglades, carrying everything they need in the hull of their sea kayak. Both single and tandem kayaks will be used and students will have the opportunity to spend time in both vessels. Depending on the wind and weather, the level of difficulty will vary from day to day. Crews will practice marine expedition risk assessment and management, route planning, navigation, paddle stroke techniques, kayak-based rescues and equipment use and its care. Once beached, the crew will practice cooking and Leave No Trace camping before tucking in for the night.
*Note: The sea kayaks used on this course typically accommodate participants who are up to 6 feet tall, 275 lbs and size 12 men’s shoe.
Acquire a taste for adventure! Week-long courses provide a perfect introduction to the Outward Bound experience, reminding students of their connection nature and leaving them feeling inspired to take on real challenge. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together the wilderness while practicing the four pillars of craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion.
Everglades National Park, FL
This course takes place off the west coast of southern Florida in Everglades National Park and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. As the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States and third-largest national park in the lower 48 states, The Everglades provides a variety of precious wildlife habitat. The aquatic preserve includes more than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, and 40 species of mammals within its confines. Everglades National Park is one of only three locations in the world to show up on the following lists: an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance and a World Heritage Site.
This course area is in a subtropical region, with a 12-month growing season. The Florida peninsula is believed to be the last part of the continental United States to rise from the ocean, making it the youngest region geologically and only Alaska can claim a longer shoreline. The Everglades are mild and pleasant from December through April, with low humidity and clear skies. Temperatures reach average highs of 88 degrees and lows of 54 degrees. Strong cold fronts may occasionally create near freezing conditions, but such events are rare in this subtropical climate.
"In fielding a lot of questions along the lines of, 'Why on Earth would you want to do something like that?' I was able to answer easily … for the experience. While the brain craves order and finds comfort in patterns, it’s critical and healthy to throw ourselves for a loop every now and again, lest we find ourselves in a rut. I once read that the only difference between a rut and a grave is its depth. A rather ominous warning, don’t you think? These kinds of experiences provide time and space to see what’s working, what might need some tweaking and what needs eliminating. It is most excellent time spent getting to 'know thyself.'" - Cathia Friou
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