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At Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, we have something for everyone! Check out these upcoming featured courses and staff favorites. If you have questions about these courses or would like to enroll, please call us at (855) 802-0307 or email admissions@hiobs.org

Semester & Gap Year Courses

FLORIDA KEYS TO BRAZIL LEADERSHIP SEMESTER

Length: 85-days
Ages:
18+
Dates:  1/27/20 - 4/20/20
             2/1/21 - 4/26/21

This thrilling 85-day international leadership semester takes students into the heart of the wild: from the backcountry of the Florida Keys to the frontiers of Brazil. Learn skills for sailing, wilderness medicine, mountain trekking, river canoeing, whitewater rescue, lifeguarding, service projects, rural village stay and canyoneering. Earn Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA), Canoeing and Whitewater Rescue Technician Certification and American Red Cross Lifeguarding certifications along the way. 

You can earn college credit on this course, as well as use your 529 funds or apply for financial aid.

 

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FLORIDA KEYS TO COSTA RICA LEADERSHIP SEMESTER

Length: 85-days
Ages:    18+
Dates 2020:   1/14/20 - 4/7/20

                       2/17/20 - 5/11/10

Dates 2021:   1/15/21 - 4/9/21

                       2/15/20 - 5/10/19

         

Three months. Three countries. Oceans and rivers. This 85-day semester course is the learning experience of a lifetime. On this exciting and demanding course, you’ll explore the art and science of water-based wilderness expeditions and acquire the personal, group leadership and technical skills to deliver lessons and travel safely across the globe. Start with the most ancient and traditional of marine skills: sailing and navigation in the subtropical waters of the Florida Keys. Earn an Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification and become a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross. Then fly to Costa Rica to paddle some of the Western Hemisphere’s most exciting whitewater and experience the power of surfing. Finally, head to Panama to get certified in SCUBA and embark on an unforgettable sea kayaking expedition in the turquoise waters of the famed Bocas Del Torro archipelago on the Caribbean coast. 

You can earn college credit on this course, as well as use your 529 funds or apply for financial aid.

 

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Outdoor Educator

JOSHUA TREE TO FLORIDA KEYS OUTDOOR EDUCATOR

Length: 55-days
Ages: 18+
Dates: 3/8/20 - 5/1/20

            3/7/21 - 4/30/21

You’ll kick-off this expedition in California’s Joshua Tree National Park, backpacking and rock climbing in remote parts of the park the tourists never see. You will gain a deep understanding of your own leadership potential while immersing yourself in this moonscape environment. Through lessons in navigation, climbing safety, and creating an inclusive group culture, you will have an opportunity to learn and then practice teaching these skills to others. Shifting gears, you’ll head to the Florida Keys to sail on a 30-foot open sailboat, immersing yourself in the marine ecosystem as you live, learn and collaborate with your teammates in the stunning subtropical environment of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades. With no prior sailing experience required, you’ll discover the art of navigation and advanced seamanship as you share leadership roles and all of the responsibilities necessary to effectively sail a boat. Activities, discussions and teaching opportunities throughout course will prepare you for future outdoor educational endeavors. 

You can earn college credit on this course, as well as use your 529 funds or apply for financial aid.

 

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Three Elements, 30 Days!

Maine sailing, backpacking & canoeing

Length: 30-days
Ages:  16-20
Dates: 7/9/20 - 8/7/19

In our longest and most diverse summer course, explore all that Maine has to offer from the rocky shoreline and spruce-covered islands to mountains, lakes and rivers.  

Maine sailing, backpacking and canoeing expeditions traverse a variety of wild and rugged environments: from the granite shores and intricate rivers and dense islands of the Maine Coast; to the peaks of the northern Appalachian mountain range; to the Rangeley Lakes, and/or the Moosehead region of Maine’s Northwoods. 

You can earn college credit on this course, as well as use your 529 funds or apply for financial aid.

 

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Middle School

PENOBSCOT BAY & ISLANDS SAILING FOR GIRLS

Length: 8-days
Ages: 
13-14
Dates:  6/20/20 - 6/28/20

This all-girls nine-day sailing course takes place in Maine’s unique marine environment and focuses on seamanship, exploring the natural world and learning to function in a team setting. Our 30-foot open sailboat serves as both home and classroom. You’ll learn beginning, intermediate and advanced skills in chart and compass navigation, small boat seamanship, weather observation and anchoring. Engage in regular group discussions, reflect on each day’s progress and share leadership and onboard responsibilities so that every crew member is part of planning each day. As you live and work closely together, you’ll learn far more than seamanship. The habits learned and strengthened on this sailing expedition will serve for life.

 

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