The Friends' School

Clemes Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is offered as both pre-tertiary and non pre-tertiary courses for Years 11 and 12 students. These courses are a great way for students to get out and explore the Tasmanian wilderness and can be a great stepping stone for future employment opportunities in the growing adventure tourism industry.

The three courses currently offered are:

  • Outdoor Experiences – this is a 50-hour weekends program where students can select as many camps as they wish. However, to meet the requirements of the TCE course they must complete at least two separate programs from the following: flat water kayaking, white water kayaking, rock climbing or surfing. This course flows neatly into the Outdoor Education and Outdoor Leadership courses.
  • Outdoor Education – this course focuses on the application of knowledge and skills in outdoor situations. It provides opportunities for personal development through individual and group adventures.
    Students will study first aid, navigation, weather, outdoor equipment, ‘Leave No Trace’, food, nutrition and group dynamics. The class will plan and undertake an extended expedition in the wilderness as a self-sufficient group.The practical component of the course will consist of 10-12 days of expeditions during school holidays. Students will need to select their mode of transport from walking, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing and rafting. The group will meet for preparation classes, but the emphasis is on learning the theory in practical situations whilst on expedition. The course is staffed by the Outdoor Education Teachers in the School who will oversee the students’ planning and preparation, and the expedition. The School will provide transport, staff, activity equipment, tents, trangias and backpacks.
  • Outdoor Leadership (pre-tertiary) – this course emphasis is the development of leadership, decision-making, problem solving, initiative and interpersonal relationship skills. It fosters leadership in adventurous activities, requiring individuals to think logically, handle stressful situations calmly, negotiate and cooperate with others, and to communicate clearly and effectively.The practical component of the course will consist of a two-day training camp early in the year. Students will then select a further two School programs to lead. This will allow growth in leadership and confidence as the year progresses. Expeditions will be on weekends and school holidays. There is one theory class each week. Students will learn the theory behind effective leadership, decision-making and communication for application in a practical group setting. Many past students have progressed to a career in guiding, outdoor education and science work in remote environments. The School will provide transport, staff, activity equipment, tents, trangias and backpacks. As a pre-requisite, students must have completed either the Outdoor Education course, or two or more Outdoor Experience courses, or be able to demonstrate past equivalent experience and skill.



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