Thrills And Skills

Sunday, 12 November 2006
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Outdoor EducationDo you have a thirst for adventure and a passion for the outdoors? Then Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Outdoor Recreation Programme may be just you’re looking for.
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Do you have a thirst for adventure and a passion for the outdoors? Then Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Outdoor Recreation Programme may be just you’re looking for.

The Certificate in Outdoor Recreation is a fantastic stepping-stone to a career in the outdoors. The programme begins on the February 12 and offers an awesome range of subjects – including kayaking, rafting, mountaineering, rock climbing, tramping and sea kayaking.

“We’re in the perfect location, meaning less travelling time and more time on the water or land,” said spokesperson Fallon King. “We have top instructors – one of whom, Dave Ritchie, was recently named Canoeist of the Year – and our culture and attitude make us unique.”

King says the programme has a fantastic employment rate, with 95 per cent of students finding employment in the industry within two months of graduating last year.

“A lot of students have organised employment before graduating. This year several students have raft, sea kayak or glacier guiding jobs starting after graduation.” Karati Metcalfe – a 2005 certificate graduate – was offered a job guiding on the Franz Josef Glacier immediate after graduating.

“I enjoy my job immensely and the scenery is the most beautiful around. In the future I’d like to help at-risk youth gain skills in the outdoors. In the meantime, I’ve secured a job guiding tourists on tramps around New Zealand in 2007-08.”

Programme Co-ordinator Christine Worsfold Grover said students on the Outdoor Recreation and Advanced Leadership & Guiding programmes come from all over New Zealand – however they all have a “real passion for the outdoors”.

The Outdoor Recreation Programme provides students with a unique combination of theory and practice, with a majority of the programme spent outdoors seeking thrills while gaining skills. Grover says the Outdoor Recreation and Advanced Leadership & Guiding programmes are highly respected by the industry and provide graduates with the technical skill, leadership ability, knowledge and experience to take into their careers in the outdoors.

If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime and want to train alongside other outdoor enthusiasts contact Tai Poutini Polytechnic on (03) 7699 405, 0800 800 411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, visit www.tpp.ac.nz.
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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