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. Along the way, stretch fitness goals and satisfy curiosity swimming and snorkeling in Bahamas’ 80 degree sparkling sea. 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. Return home with newfound confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. No prior experience is necessary.
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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 abilities, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
Traditional 30-foot sailboats encourage teamwork and leadership like no other classroom. On an open boat with no cabin and no engine, the group will live closely together using only wind and oars as propulsion. As they rotate responsibilities during this expedition, 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.
On this course, students:
This course ends with a Personal Challenge event; an individual final physical push in the form of an endurance swim. This event is a chance for students to finish their Outward Bound experience with a culminating effort towards a personal goal.
Service projects are often incorporated into Outward Bound courses through coordination with local land managers, conservation groups, government agencies or social service agencies. While in the wilderness, students are encouraged to practice service to the environment and their team by sharing responsibilities and following Leave No Trace ethics throughout the expedition.
The Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students quiet time to reflect on the Outward Bound experience. With the basics of food and equipment, and with safety a top priority, students will take some time away from the group to be alone at sites of their own, using the wilderness skills learned during the first parts of the course. Often located along beautiful lake shorelines or peaceful rivers, Solo sites are chosen to offer as much solitude as possible (yet be 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 learned and focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each participant at regular intervals. 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 longer than three weeks, Solo is up to 72 hours long.
Through learning sailing and seamanship techniques, students are practicing the essential skills and habits that help them prepare for new challenges at work, college, home and in their community. 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 and 100 miles from the east coast of Florida. Sand beaches, limestone cliffs, mangrove creeks and underwater reefs compose a maritime region diverse in species and rich in human history. Originally inhabited by peoples moving north through the Caribbean from South America 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 freed slaves from the United States and the Atlantic slave trades. Now a destination for sailors seeking stunning and remote cruising grounds, and those researching marine ecology, the Bahamas are a vibrant ecosystem and diverse culture.
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