THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO A $100 APPLICATION FEE.
Outward Bound Canada Life Compass courses are designed for young adults who are trying to determine their direction in life. Take time away from your usual routines to join us for this adventurous and inspiring journey, where each day has something new to offer you, giving you a new perspective and showing you what you are capable of. Whether you are trying to decide on a career path, whether or not to take time off to travel the world, where to live, who your true friends are, what kind of relationship you are looking for, or simply how to be your best self – this course will help you figure out your unique talents, what gives you purpose, and which personality traits define you. Life Compass will help you determine who you really want to be in the world, helping you move forward to build the life that you truly want.
Your journey will begin when you meet your group and instructors and begin preparing for your 14-day nautical exploration of the beautiful wilderness and clear blue waters of Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound. Your group will learn the skill of sea kayaking, exploring and discovering the coves, natural harbours, and islands in and around Clayoquot Sound. You will also hike through Vancouver Island’s largest intact ancient rainforest, one of the ecological treasures of Clayoquot Sound and the traditional territory of the culturally and historically rich Nuu-chah-nulth, and will take some time to relax with a visit to the treasured Ahousat Hot Springs (sure to be a treasured highlight of your experience).
West Coast Life Compass is designed for adults with or without prior camping or kayaking experience. Together, you and your group will learn paddling techniques, ocean navigation using nautical charts and tide tables, safety and rescue skills, packing skills, trail cooking and meal prep, and minimal-impact camping. Activities and interactions will provide opportunities to build leadership, communication and decision making skills. The West Coast Life Compass also includes a 24- to 48-hour solo experience, during which you will be able to confidently use your new skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most unforgettable and transformative aspect of the Outward Bound experience, your solo will provide you with a rare opportunity for immersion and reflection, allowing you to reconnect with both nature and yourself in an unprecedented way that few others are afforded.
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