Through training, practice, feedback and reflection, gain the teaching and technical skills necessary for working in the field of outdoor education. Immerse yourself in Outward Bound history, tradition, and teaching methods, while simultaneously exploring group dynamics, experiential education theory and methods, and wilderness activity management. Act as both student and educator as you learn to prepare and cook food, navigate, manage risk and safety, read tides and currents and practice water safety and rescue. Alongside a community of peers, work to develop relevant skills, enhance teaching abilities and earn Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and rock Climbing Management skills.
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Outward Bound Instructor Development courses open doors in the outdoor education industry. One of the nation’s best outdoor education training programs, Instructor courses teach deep technical skills and provide in-depth knowledge of the Outward Bound learning approach. Guided by specialists in the field, get the hands-on training you’ll need to jumpstart a career in the outdoors.
Outward Bound is accredited with the American Gap Association and is the longest running program in this elite group dedicated to providing safe, meaningful and high-caliber educational experiences to students.
Our traditional 30-foot sailboats encourage teamwork and leadership like no other classroom. On an open boat with no cabin and no engine, students 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.
Students learn to:
Wilderness canoe expedition skills are essential to the outdoor educator. Students learn the skills of portaging (carrying the canoe on one’s shoulders), and lining (guiding the canoe down un-runnable rapids) as they travel through some of the amazing waterways of Maine. In learning to work and communicate well with their paddling partner each day, students discover the power of two people truly working together.
Expedition canoeing in Maine also means paddling white water. During the canoe expedition the group learns how to scout, paddle and manage open canoes safely in class II rapids.
Students learn the following skills:
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is recognized as the standard level of expertise in backcountry first aid. This nationally recognized program trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for extended care situations. Half of students’ time is spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge their decision-making abilities. In this phase of the course, students develop the following skills:
Backpacking is a great combination of team and individual elements. In the mountains, students learn map reading, cooking, how to pack and adjust their pack, foot care, hydration, knots and navigation on- and off-trail. The mountains of Maine and northern New Hampshire are rugged, wooded and at times muddy and steep, with bold granite summits and views that stretch to the horizon.
Rock climbing sessions take place at the many granite crags and cliffs that make northern New England a world-renowned climbing destination. Students learn how to properly use harnesses, helmets, ropes, belay devices, slings, cams and nuts. They start with the basics of tying in to the rope and safely belaying each other, and practice efficient movement over rock using techniques of friction, edging and crack climbing. As the group builds experience and skills, they develop more advanced climbing techniques and practice setting up and managing a variety of sites.
Service projects are often incorporated into Outward Bound courses through coordination with local land managers, conservation groups, government agencies or social service agencies. While on expedition, students are encouraged to practice service to the environment and their team 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 and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. With sufficient food and equipment, students will set up camp at sites of their own, using the wilderness skills learned during the first half or two-thirds of the course. The time students spend on solo depends on the length of the course. On one-week courses, solo is four to12 hours long; on courses three weeks or longer, solo will be up to 72 hours.
Often located along beautiful shorelines or peaceful rivers, campsites are chosen to offer as much solitude as possible (while still 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 of the course to focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each participant at least daily.
The course begins on the coast of Maine. With its intricate and indented shoreline, the Maine coast is a unique segment of the North Atlantic seaboard. It is known among sailors for its picturesque beauty, abundant bays and harbors, rocky islands and quiet coves. Our cruising area covers nearly 200 linear miles of the Maine coast, with countless rivers, bays and islands to explore. The rocky, spruce-covered islands are the summits of a prehistoric mountain range, and generations of inhabitants have made their livelihoods here. Evidence left behind on the islands reveals the historic presence of indigenous Abenaki camps, pre-colonial fishing communities, post-colonial timber and farming operations, and early 20th century granite quarries. Cold, nutrient-rich waters flow from the Canadian Maritimes, and make the Gulf of Maine home to a wide range of sea birds, harbor seals, porpoises and whales.
The latter part of the course takes place in the mountains of western Maine and northern New Hampshire, which comprise the northern end of the Appalachian mountain range. Within this region, the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, the Carter-Mahoosuc Range, the Grafton Loop Trail and the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness all offer classic backpacking terrain. These spruce-fir and hardwood forests are home to hundreds of species of birds as well as moose, deer and black bear. Rushing waterfalls, clear twisting streams and spectacular views from rocky summits reward backpackers ready for adventure.
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