My Outward Bound Experience
Name: Dan Gerrard
Waka Ama Club: Horouta Waka Hoe Club
What course did you complete at Outward Bound? I completed the Masters 21 day course
What did you find most challenging at Outward Bound?
The most challenging part of outward bound for me was being around my watch house team mates for the entire time except the solo, I generally like my own space and my own down time.
What experience did you enjoy the most?
The most enjoyable experience was the sailing and rowing on the cutter, being in such a confined space I learnt a lot about myself and others.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing a course?
Do it, it is worth it, It wasn’t what I was expecting, I was expecting it to be more physically challenging, but you do get to learn so much about yourself and how to work with 11 other different personalities, I found that to be a good learning experience.
What are some tips you would give to people who are going on a course?
Be prepared for the unexpected, and to be prepared to be wet and cold the whole time if you do it in winter. Make sure you have good gear and plenty of it.
What are some values that Outward Bound School taught you?
Courage was a big one for me, just to never give up when you are facing life’s challenges, prior to completing outward bound I was facing a few difficult moments with my personal life, I have found from my experiences at outward bound I can now face these issues with more direction and clarity and with a outcome I am more comfortable with.
Would you recommend Outward Bound to other paddlers?
I would highly recommend outward bound not only to other paddlers but to anybody in general, it is well worth the experience. It amazing how much you learn about yourself, there’s nowhere to hide.
Is there any one you would like to thank that supported you before or during your Outward Bound experience?
I would like to thank Waka Ama NZ for the scholarship and Jo Doherty from Horouta waka hoe club for my letter of recommendation. I really appreciate the experiences.