Designed for adults who seek time away from their busy lives to reconnect and discover newfound potential. This course explores the sandy beaches, sea caves and the many islands of the Apostle Islands National Park in Lake Superior on a 7-day sea kayak expedition.
Experience the satisfaction that comes from meeting an expedition goal, the growth that comes from learning to work effectively with new peers and the support that comes from sharing experiences in a challenging environment. Whatever transitions or demands you’re coping with at home or at work, this expedition takes you outside of your routine and into nature, encouraging you to stretch your comfort zone, hone your leadership style and reflect – all while learning technical skills in a unique and beautiful setting. Sleek and stable one- and two-person kayaks offer a unique vantage point from which to explore fascinating Apostle Islands National Park in Lake Superior. By day, learn the techniques necessary to confidently paddle in quiet, flat water as well as rising swells. By night, learn general camp craft, perfect the art of cooking over a fire or stove and enjoy sunsets over blue waters.
This course is closed for the season. 2020 courses coming soon.
Do you ever want to unplug, step away from the daily grind to take on new challenges? Are you ready to conquer harder skills and remind your senses (or discover for the first time) what it’s like to crest a mountain peak, hear the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon or feel the rush of white water spray on your face? Take a break from your routine, radically change your surroundings and test your tenacity. Put some “firsts” in front of you and find moments of unexpected discovery along the way. Experience Outward Bound as an adult and prepare for an injection of adventure, awareness and adaptability that sticks with you long after you unpack your backpack.
Return home with newly expanded wilderness acumen, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
Skilled Outward Bound Instructors and Lake Superior herself provide exceptional learning opportunities for all paddlers, from the complete novice to the talented sea kayaker. Students learn a variety of paddling, landing, rescue and navigation skills to contend with diverse weather and water conditions. After paddling up to 20 miles in a day, groups camp just inland from sandy bays or rocky shorelines, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from sharing food, conversation and reflection in the great outdoors.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as service to the environment and do acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Designated service projects are coordinated with land managers like the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to collaborate on land restoration projects. Some projects are more social services based, and participants may visit a nursing home or hospital to provide service there. Students develop a value of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, and transfer this desire to serve to their communities back home.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is that opportunity, and that time can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours or more, depending on the length of the course. Weather and time permitting, 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. Many students use this reflection time to make significant decisions about their future, journal and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of Solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. Solo sites are chosen by Instructors to provide as much solitude as possible (within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Participants have all necessary equipment, food and water during their Solo time, and safety is always the top priority. Students on an adult sea kayaking course typically experience a 4-8 hour Solo.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from four to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an introduction to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve while activities fill most of the time and the pace is quick. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the opportunity to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more chances to develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development. However many days the expedition lasts, the strength and impact of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Kayaking and wilderness navigation techniques are great practice for the essential skills and habits that help prepare for new challenges at work, home and in the community. Outward Bound expeditions encourage students to:
Outward Bound courses are designed to expand and stretch your limits so that every expedition is a true accomplishment and a memorable journey.
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a designated United States National Park and encompasses 21 islands along the southern shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Windswept beaches, sea caves, cliffs and historic lighthouses are just a few of the park’s highlights.
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