Northern Adelaide Senior College Outdoor Education students have embarked on some exciting adventures across South Australia this semester.
Students have been learning the tactical skills needed to survive a camping trip in national reserves as well as how to manage open water when kayaking Adelaide’s waterways.
“It was a great camp, the weather was nice and we went kayaking,” says Enzo G. a Stage 1 Outdoor Education student who attended the kayaking camp to Garden Island.
“Garden Island is where we did our first mock-camp where we went out and did a lap of Garden Island and went out to the shipwreck yards,” says James L., a Stage 1 student at NASC.
“Before Garden Island, we also did a bit of skills development for kayaking just in case something does happen and we could use better techniques before actually going onto the main trip,” says Enzo.
“The kayaking was really fun and it wasn’t as choppy as I expected it to be. We did see a lot of wildlife which is cool.
“The most notable part of it was though was that we got to go through weeds. We just had to smash through them! It was a bit uncomfortable but it was still fun.
“I slept well than when I would sleep in my bedroom!”
James says that the course was recommended to him by one of the teachers.
“For me, it’s more of a getaway. I look forward to getting in the kayak or outdoor sort-of stuff; anything I would never have done before,” says James.
“I was more into Sports Studies and PE, and someone brought Outdoor Ed to my attention as it was more based outdoors.
“The assignments are pretty simple, it’s one part I enjoy about Outdoor Ed.”
Both James and Enzo agree that their teacher Tanya Taylor-Cox has made the subject enjoyable and achievable.
“She’s really good, really chill,” says James.
“She’s easy to get along with and she shows a connection with the students here at NASC.
“Usually we have a three-block day with her and she’ll break it up into breaks, where we learn about the assignments and then get on with the practical like baking on trangias.”
“It’s a really good class and I think everybody should give it a go. It’s enjoyable, especially if you’re into outdoor stuff,” agrees Enzo.
Outdoor Education is offered as a Stage 1 and Stage 2 subject at Northern Adelaide Senior College. Year 11 mid-term enrolments for Outdoor Education are now open. Enrol today by calling Student Services on (08) 7285 1600.