Outdoor Education 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Marshall


Students can pick this up at Level 3 with no prior Physical Education courses. However the course builds on what is covered in Level 2 Outdoor Education and priority would be given to those gaining 14 or more credits in Level 2 Outdoor Education.

Outdoor Education is the study of adventure pursuits, development of inter-personal skills, safety in the outdoors, personal qualities including leadership and looking at strategies for success.

  • Surfing during double periods at the Mount
  • Fishing and Surf Camp - Whangamata - 2 day camp 
  • Mountain Biking in the Redwoods - 2 day camp
  • Mountain biking in double periods around close trails
  • Timber trail Mountain bike trip followed by Tongariro crossing (tramp) - 3 day camp
  • Blackwater and Whitewater rafting - 2 day camp
  • Diving - Open Water and Advanced Diving - Dive Zone Tauranga

Course Overview

Term 1
Term 1 begins with the boys looking at safety in the outdoors. They head to the Mount for double periods and surf in preparation for the Surfing and Fishing Camp at Whangamata (2-day camp). Whilst on this trip they will look into aspects of safety management in the outdoors and look at how these impact on the group.
In April they will complete the Timber trail on mountain bikes and the Tongariro Crossing (AS3.7 - 3 credits). On completion, they identify the hazards associated with the trip and look at how to minimise these. Environmental care, ethics and involvement of iwi and other important stakeholders are looked at within this standard.

Term 2
Leadership in the outdoors is the theme of term 2 (AS 3.8 - 4 credits). The students look at contemporary styles of leadership and utilise these styles during outdoor activities. They have a mountain biking camp to the redwoods - where they work in groups with everyone taking on and assuming a leadership role. On return from camp, they identify what style/s worked best for them and identify what works best in the outdoors.

Across the year the students also complete the practical standard AS 3.4 - 4 credits. This is completed in mountain biking, surfing or another sport/s they complete when representing the school.

Term 3
Term 3 will see the class completed their diving certificate, either an Open Water or Advanced dive depending on what the students currently hold. They will complete the knowledge online and will then complete a pool, lake and ocean dive as part of the course.
The students complete a unit on strategies for success (AS 3.9 - 4 credits). This involves them completing some baseline testing and then choosing and implementing strategies to ensure they are ready to complete the 2-day white water and black water rafting challenges. They can also look at strategies that can ensure they successfully pass their dive certification.

Term 4
Revision and extension

Learning Areas:

Physical Education

Career Pathways

Recreation Co-ordinator, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Secondary School Teacher, Travel Agent/Adviser, Diver, Sports Coach/Official, Paramedic, Primary School Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$895.00 Camps & Diving
Costs not included:
medical certificate for Diving
Food for Camps

Pathway Tags

Outdoor Leader, Work in the Adventure Tourism Sector, Mountain Bike guide, Outdoor Education Centre work, Outdoor Education teacher, Dive instructor, Navy Diver, Outward Bound instructor, Outdoor Recreation Sector.

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