Traveling by kayak means your crew carries all of the necessary gear, food and water needed for the entire expedition. This kind of travel provides the ultimate freedom and ability to travel nimbly through this diverse ecosystem. Work together with your crew to learn to read tide charts and maps, explore fragile and unique ecosystems and cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars. Discover what makes the Ten Thousand Islands famous worldwide; understand its environmental value; and learn how we can better take care of it. Develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills at every step of the way. No prior experience is necessary. You just have to be willing to dig deep, embrace the moment and take on the challenge.
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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.
Students can expect to spend a good deal of time each day in kayaks carrying their own food and gear for the excursion. Both single and tandem kayaks are used and students have the opportunity to spend time in both vessels. Depending on the wind and weather, the level of difficulty varies from day to day. Crews 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. They also create a solid foundation of skill sets that they can further build upon once off course.
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 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.
“I found myself here and my purpose. I challenged myself, pushed myself and conquered things I never thought I’d be able to do. Outward Bound is challenging in the best ways. It is magical.” – Joanna W., Outward Bound alumni
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