I started my outdoor education a while back, in Australia. I got trained in outdoor education. From there I switched fields to emergency medical services. After I did three years in the ambulance, I decided I wanted to get back in to outdoor education, I missed it. That’s when I applied to OB in the US. I worked at Thomson Island, in Boston. They have a variety of programmes, I worked on a challenge course.
Hiking and camping are both something that I like a lot. I've come to like kayaking a lot too. But hiking and camping is something where I can enjoy the whole process, as much as the participants. Most of the other things I’m in instructor mode, but hiking and camping is where I get to be more with participants.
I learned a lot in a few months, I progressed quite a bit in the few courses I ran. Something I have been trying to work on is, not just my own growth, but to see how I can get the next person ready in my position. I have all this knowledge about working in the field, working in this position, so how do I impart that on to them.
What I really like about the CD position is that I get to work with a team directly and help them a lot. I love the work in the field, but now I have my own team, you get to work with them and help people out, develop them, impart your knowledge, you learn in the process. So that’s pretty fun. And actually, building a team up is a good process if you get it right.
I think the mission of Outward Bound means putting people in challenging situations. I think if students could learn one thing, it would be that when they go out in to the world and are in a tough situation, maybe their initial instinct is to make the wrong decision, but they remember their time at Outward Bound and that helps them make a better decision. I think the mission is putting them in situations where at some point in their life, they’re capable of making the right decision.