“My crew pushed ourselves further than many of us had ever pushed before, and the places that trail took us were beyond words. I remember standing on top of Mount Goddard, the highest point in the Sierra and Sequoia Kings National Forests, on the 40th day of my course. Not only was I surrounded by one of the most amazing views of my life, but I was standing among six inspiring human beings who had embarked on this journey with me and had quickly become my family. Six people who challenged me to learn and grow, who inspired me to keep going through the hardest of the challenges, and who taught me what it means to be compassionate.” —Jenna W.
Instructor development course
This 65-day semester course takes place in three of California’s world-class regions: The Sierra Nevada mountains (including time in Yosemite National Park), Joshua Tree National Park and the San Francisco Bay area.
The Instructor Development course is a pathway to work in the outdoor education industry. It is one of the best training programs for the industry, equipping students with technical skills and in-depth knowledge of the Outward Bound learning approach.
Learn how to navigate mountainous alpine terrain and desert landscapes, rock climb and ascend technical peaks up to 12,000 feet.
Get experience and insight on how to facilitate and lead wilderness expeditions for future students.
Earn a Wilderness First Responder certificate—training on the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
Gain the expertise required to further your career as an outdoor educator.
Semester courses are physically and socially demanding. These courses are reserved for motivated participants who are ready to take on all of the challenges, and rewards, associated with outdoor education.