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1-Day Programming

Essential Eligibility Criteria & Course Activity Description
1-Day Programming at Outward Bound California

Outward Bound California (OBCA) 1-day programming courses share a common goal of changing lives through challenge and discovery.  The areas in which our programs take place are generally in a frontcounty or urban environment within 1hr of definitive care, though some may take place in remote setting further than 1hr from advanced medical care.

The health and safety of our students and staff is of great importance, and we place top priority on the educational quality of the experience for all participants.  In order to achieve the intended outcomes, individuals on each course must be fully capable of and committed to engaging in course activities, meeting physical and social challenges and tending to their personal needs as well as the collective needs of the group

OBCA values diversity, equity and inclusion and strives to provide culturally responsive programming in a positive learning environment for all participants.  Our instructors are skilled experiential educators and group facilitators, but OBCA does not specialize in experiences for people with disabilities or significant mental health, emotional or behavioral conditions. Our staff are neither therapists nor medical professionals, and are neither trained in adaptive programming or able to provide specialized, individual support.  

The Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) are applied to all participants on 1-day programming courses.  Participants are evaluated on both the General Criteria, and activity-specific criteria listed below. If participants cannot meet the EEC, a determination will be made as to whether we can reasonably accommodate them with neither undue financial burden nor jeopardizing the health, safety, and positive learning environment for all students and staff members on course, and while still adhering to the fundamental nature of the course as planned.  

Prior to enrolling in and participating in the course, participants must familiarize themselves with the nature of the activities, the risks involved and the physical conditioning necessary to participate. Listed below are the general inherent and other risks the participant may encounter; the general requirements for participating in an Outward Bound California program; and specific activity descriptions.

Inherent General Risks

Along with any hazards related to the specific activities listed below, each course/program, depending on the location, has risks related to terrain, weather, and other factors. Some of these risks include the following:

  • Slips, falls and/or being struck by or striking objects, persons  (including other participants), or the ground
  • Disease carrying or poisonous plants, insects, or animals
  • Contact with wild animals or other individuals that Outward Bound California has no control
  • Hypothermia, hyperthermia and other risks associated with strenuous activity, both indoors and out

These and other risks, including errors in judgement, are inherent to the activities; which means that they cannot be eliminated without altering the essential elements of the activity.

 

General Program Requirements

  • Able to understand verbal and visual instructions individually and in a group setting, and follow such instructions whether supervised or not.
  • Able to comprehend hazards and safety concerns after sufficient instruction, and to adhere to safety policies and procedures even when instructors are not present.
  • After sufficient instruction, able to identify and recognize inherent hazards posed by the environment (e.g., steep or uneven terrain, moving water, sun, wind, cold, etc.) and other participants (e.g., fatigue, state of mind and other influencers of judgment and decision making).
  • Able to effectively communicate to others personal distress, injury or need for assistance, and communicate to others any hazards and dangers that they perceive.
  • Able to adapt to the physical, mental and emotional rigors of the program, given a supportive and inclusive environment.  
  • Able to stay alert and engaged for the duration of the program.
  • Able to demonstrate adequate self-care after sufficient instruction, including staying adequately hydrated and nourished, maintaining hygiene and using clothing and equipment to maintain warmth and protection from the elements.
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol and/or tobacco (unless otherwise approved), controlled substances, and any misuse of prescription or OTC drugs. If using prescription drugs, able to follow correct dosage and usage and keep them in good condition with or without instructor assistance.
  • Able to contribute to a safe social and emotional learning environment, respecting all stated identities, and maintaining appropriate, non-exclusive relationships with other group members and instructors.
  • Able to refrain from sexual activity, harassment and bullying, and all other behavior that disrupts the learning of others or the cohesion of the group.

Teambuilding

Activity definition: Engaging in games, energizers and/or initiatives at ground level.

  1. Physical stressors include: Running, jumping and participating in a variety of tasks, activities and exercises with others.
  2. Mental stressors include: Following safety instructions in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable setting; working independently or with others to negotiate problem-solving initiatives; needing to communicate with and respond to people on the ground.
  3. Risks include: Exposure to sun, wind, rain; strains, sprains, slipping and falling from a standing height or lower.

Each participant must be capable of doing or learning the following:

  • See ‘General’ section

Challenge Course

Activity definition: Climbing in or negotiating an obstacle course above the ground.

  1. Physical stressors include: Ability to balance and climb over stationary or moving structures or cables.
  2. Mental stressors include: Being at height; following safety instructions in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable setting; working independently or with others to negotiate obstacles; needing to communicate with and respond to people in the air or on the ground.
  3. Risks include: Exposure to sun, wind, rain; collisions with cables, ropes or wooden objects; falling into climbing harness.

Each participant must be capable of doing or learning the following:

  • Able to wear a climbing helmet, as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • If participating in challenge course activities, able to wear a climbing harness, as per manufacturer's recommendations.
  • If participating in challenge course activities, able to engage in belaying and climbing activities that may occur at heights in excess of 30ft.

Day Hiking

Activity definition: walking on narrow, un- or less-developed trails while carrying a backpack.

Physical stressors include: Carrying a load over distance on terrain that may be uneven, steep, slippery or overgrown. Repetitive weight-bearing motions of joints; short sections may require use of extremities for balance.

Mental challenges include: Being areas away from definitive care; following safety instructions in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable setting; working independently and with others to negotiate obstacles; needing to communicate with and respond to people in the groups.

Risks include: Exposure to sun, wind, rain, water (rivers and swamps), insects and animals; slipping and falling.

Each participant must be capable of doing or learning to do the following:

  • To carry a backpack weighing up to 15-30 pounds, that may include personal clothing, group food and equipment.
  • To travel for up to six hours wearing a loaded backpack through steep and uneven terrain, on and off trail, up to 6 miles with an elevation gain or loss of up to 1500 feet including sections of scrambling and crossing rivers and streams that do not have bridges.

Rock Climbing Courses

Activity definition: Climbing on natural or artificial vertical or near-vertical faces.

  1. Physical stressors include: Using body to progress upwards using footholds and handholds in the surface of the rock; repetitive, weight bearing motions on all joints and extremities; sudden body-weight loading of joints and extremities.
  2. Mental challenges include: Being at height; following safety instructions in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable setting; needing to communicate with and respond to people in the air or on the ground.
  3. Risks include: Exposure to sun, wind, rain; falling into climbing harness; scraping against rough surfaces.

Each participant must be capable of doing or learning the following:

  • Able to wear a climbing helmet, as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • If participating in belaying, rappelling and climbing activities, able to wear a climbing harness, as per manufacturer's recommendations.
  • If participating in rock climbing activities, able to engage in belaying and climbing activities that may occur at heights in excess of 30ft.

Sea-Kayaking

Activity definition: Paddling a narrow, double-ended one- or two-person boat while seated.

  1. Physical stressors include: Repetitive motions of torso, arms, wrists and shoulders; pressure on buttocks; helping carry the boat.
  2. Mental challenges include: Being on the water in a small boat with an enclosed cockpit; following safety instructions in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable setting; working with another person to steer and propel the kayak; needing to communicate with and respond to people in other kayaks.
  3. Risks include: Exposure to sun, wind, rain; carrying weight over uneven terrain to get boat into or out of the water; possibility of capsize (tipping over), resulting in complete immersion; water may be moving, turbulent and/or cold.

Each participant must be capable of doing or learning the following:

  • Able to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD or “lifejacket”), as per the manufacturer's recommendation, able to maintain a face up position in water while wearing a PFD, and make progress through the water to shore or a rescue boat.
  • Able to follow instructions immediately upon sudden immersion into cold water, whether the instructions have already been taught or are communicated in the moment.
  • To enter a kayak cockpit with ease and execute a wet exit in the event of a capsize. To re-enter a kayak from the water with minimal assistance from others.
  • Able to be in an upright position in a kayak and maintain stability.
  • Able to maintain comfort and composure during extended times in open water.
  • To control a paddle and pull it through the water to steer and move the kayak forward

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