The Florida Keys’ turquoise waters, warm temperatures and prevailing easterly winds provide exceptional and memorable opportunities to reenergize and challenge yourself in new ways, discover new strengths and forge new friendships. Using a 30-foot open sailboat as both a home and a classroom, you’ll revitalize your outdoor enthusiasm as Instructors introduce you to beginning, intermediate and advanced skills in chart and compass navigation, small boat seamanship, weather observation and anchoring. Through living and working closely together, you will practice more than seamanship. Heading out into the waterways of Florida, you will learn to camp and travel simply, relying on your group, the supplies you have on hand, and the expertise you either have or acquire as you go. You’ll have time to sit on the shore and reflect on your progress and think about the journey that still lies ahead. Leadership responsibilities are shared so that every crew member is integral to planning the journey and discovering how to best live and work closely together. The habits learned and strengthened through this sailing expedition will serve you long after you return home.
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This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
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.
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 to power their way. As they rotate responsibilities during the 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 or social service agencies. While on an 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 to give 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.
Most adults find it hard to get away, with busy lives that are often filled with pressures and expectations. Outward Bound’s one-week adult courses are the perfect opportunity to get a fresh perspective, step out of daily routines, find new challenges, discover new strengths and forge new friendships. No previous experience is necessary—all wilderness skills are taught from the beginning. Only two things are needed: being physically fit and motivated to live, learn and work in a team. The expedition may only last a week, but the strength and impact of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Sailing and seamanship 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:
The Florida Keys, home to numerous birds and abundant marine life, is rich with the confluence of water flowing out of the Everglades into inner Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The waterways are shallow and intricate, providing an exciting cruising area for Outward Bound’s nimble shallow-draft sailboats. Winding channels through the backcountry offer challenging and exciting navigation and the opportunity to explore mangrove keys, grassy tidal flats and coral patch reefs. The Atlantic side offers open water sailing and, in calm weather, excellent snorkeling at the outer reefs. We plan our course routes based on course type, local conditions and logistics, and weather patterns. Whether you are on the Atlantic or Gulf side, you will have lots of opportunities to learn the skills it takes to sail and travel in our traditional sailboats, live in community with your team mates, be challenged and reap the rewards.
If you are ready to enroll on a course click the enroll button next to the course you wish to select or you can enroll over the phone by speaking with one of our Admissions Advisors (toll-free) at 866-467-7651.