Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits (L1OED)
Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits is our course that gives students an introduction to outdoor education. Learning will take place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is available for practical lessons during most weeks of each term.
The course themes of teamwork, organisation, self-responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity. Each experience is reviewed to gain further understanding of our achievements and discoveries. There are no formal prerequisites and you do not need to have any outdoor experience to do this course. This course will help students discover basic skills and knowledge related to outdoor pursuits, allowing the student to carry on with further study in other Outdoor Pursuits courses. In addition, it will help the student discover an understanding of how people value our environment differently and allowing them to start developing their own values in relation to the outdoors.
What will I learn?
The main overriding theme of the course is the personal and social development of the student through the provision of adventurous and challenging activities in a wide variety of environmental and social contexts.
Rock-climbing: Students get to try bouldering, top roping, belaying and abseiling.
Canyoning: A taster experience of canyoning in Haast Pass.
Mountain biking: an introduction to recreational biking on Wanaka’s many bike trails. Visits to Bike Glendhu are planned.
Navigation and orienteering: An introduction to map reading using basic orienteering or rogaine courses.
Nordic skiing: A cross country skiing experience is provided at the Snow Farm including an optional overnight trip to Musterers Hut.
Skiing and Snowboarding: An optional 4-week programme at Cardrona, with opportunity for assessment in snowsports Unit standards. Alternate study options arranged for students who do not do this option.
Camping & Tramping: Skills in camping and environmental care assessed in conjunction with optional overnight trips and/or a selection of day tramps.
Canoeing: Canadian style canoes are used for trips on Lake Wānaka or the Upper Clutha river.
Learning takes place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is available for practical lessons on most weeks of the term.
The course themes of teamwork, organisation, self- responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity. Each experience is reviewed to enable transference of learning back into future activities, or to other aspects of school life.
What should I have done already?
There are no formal pre-requisites. You do not need to have any outdoor experience to do this course. What you do need to have is a positive attitude and a commitment to demonstrating safe and responsible behaviours.
How do I apply for a place in Outdoor Pursuits?
There are limited places available to do Outdoor Pursuits at MAC as class numbers and sized are limited to ensure we can offer a safe programme.
Students who wish to be considered for a place in an OP class need to select it as a preferred course in their subject choices. We also strongly recommend prospective students complete the OP COURSE APPLICATION FORM which will help us in our selections. If we need to select students who will be offered places in OP then we will consider things such as aptitude for OP, fortnightly grade trends, attendance data, pastoral records and performance on EOTC and school camps.
Sometimes timetable constraints may also prevent a student from doing OP.
Students who are unsuccessful in being placed in an OP class in Year 11 will be given preferential consideration to enrol in OP in Year 12.
Most standards include an element of practical assessment that occurs during the outdoor sessions. Because of this, it is generally not always possible to provide opportunities for reassessment.
Where does this course lead?
This course introduced fundamental outdoor skills and knowledge across a range of contexts. Student who complete this course may apply to take an Outdoor Pursuits course at Level 2 or Level 3.
A general course contribution is requested to cover the weekly costs associated with provision of transport, employing additional specialist outdoor instructors, admission costs to public venues, and hire of specialist outdoor equipment.
Overnight or extended trips are optional, and are costed separately. Fees for those trips are invoiced at the time of the trip. This includes the optional snowsports training programme in Term 3, for which a lesson package needs to be purchased directly from Cardrona/Treble Cone.
For a breakdown of indicative course costs please see the OP Course Fees page.
The Outdoor Pursuits Student Handbook also contains more detailed information about the course, the costs, and the equipment required.
MAC has achieved AdventureMark certification for its Outdoor Pursuits programmes. This is an internationally recognised safety certification that confirms our school meets the highest levels of safety in adventure activities. This certification recognises our school’s long-standing commitment to safety in its delivery of our nationally renowned Outdoor Pursuits courses and applies to rock climbing and abseiling, white water kayaking, canoeing and rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, and alpine hiking activities.