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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

Maine TO FLORIDA KEYS LEADERSHIP SEMESTER

Length: 75-days
Ages:
18+
Dates:  9/10/20 - 11/23/20

Follow the traditional routes of the Abenaki and Penobscot people as you canoe through some of Maine’s most remote lakes and rivers. Earn an advanced Wilderness First Aid certification. Backpack through stretches of the northern Appalachian mountain range. Explore the stunning blue and shallow waters of the Florida Keys on a thirty-foot sailboat. This course is ideal for team-oriented individuals seeking challenge and adventure in unique environments. Throughout this semester you will develop skills needed to travel safely through the wilderness and better understand and appreciate the natural world.

 

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FLORIDA KEYS TO COSTA RICA LEADERSHIP SEMESTER

Length: 85-days
Ages:    18+

Dates 2021:   1/15/21 - 4/9/21

                       2/15/21 - 5/10/21

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:
 3/7/21 - 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 this Fall!

Maine sailing, backpacking & canoeing

Length: 30-days
Ages:  18+
Dates: 9/21/20 to 10/20/20

In this diverse course with three elements, explore all that Maine has to offer - from the rocky shoreline and spruce-covered islands to mountains, lakes, and rivers on foot and by canoe.

Take a deep dive traveling through the unforgettable wilderness of Maine on this 30-day three-element course. Maine sailing, backpacking and canoeing expeditions traverse a variety of wild and rugged environments— from the granite shores, intricate rivers, and dense islands of the Maine Coast, the peaks of the northern Appalachian mountain range and 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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Classic Sailing Courses this Fall

MAINE ISLANDS SAILING FOR ADULTS

Length: 15-days or 22 days
Ages: 
18+
Dates
15 days: 10/4/20 to 10/18/20
22 days: 9/27/20 to 10/18/20

Explore the rugged shoreline, intricate rivers and spruce-covered granite islands of the Eastern Seaboard’s wildest region on this sailing expedition.

This course will embark when most sailors are headed south to warmer waters.  As summer changes to Fall and the harbors empty themselves of pleasure vessels, the Maine coast begins to show its raw and rugged beauty.  With this beauty comes challenge – colder temperatures, stronger winds, bigger swell, and a more impactful and exciting experience. 

Take this opportunity to overcome new challenges and build new relationships in a unique marine environment. Our 30-foot open sailboat serves as both your home and classroom. As the course progresses, you will become self-sufficient in chart and compass navigation, small boat seamanship, weather observation, heavy weather sailing and anchoring. You’ll engage in regular group discussions, reflect on each day’s progress and share leadership and onboard responsibilities with your crewmates. As you live and work closely together, you’ll learn far more than seamanship.  The skills, habits, and routines developed on this sailing expedition can be applied to whatever challenges life presents you after course.

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

MORE DETAILS TO BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE SOON. 

 

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Backpack and Canoe in Maine this Fall

MAINE appalachian backpacking & canoeing for adults

Length: 15-day or 22-day

Ages:  18+

Dates

15-day: 9/26/20 to 10/10/20

22 day: 10/7/20 to 10/28/20

Over mountains, lakes, and rivers, spend 15 or 22 days backpacking, canoeing, and camping through the unforgettable wilderness of Maine.

Maine Appalachian backpacking and canoeing expeditions explore the remote stretches of the northern Appalachian mountain range, the Rangeley Lakes, and/or the Moosehead region of Maine’s Northwoods. This classic New England journey is an opportunity for you to seek a fresh challenge in a unique wilderness environment and intense team setting. Instructors will introduce you to beginner, intermediate, and advanced skills in mountain navigation, paddling technique, woods craftsmanship, weather observation, and campsite selection as you live with and rely on your group and what you can carry on your backs. Regular group discussions allow for reflection on each day’s progress and ensure that leadership and responsibilities are shared so that every crew member is integral to planning the next day. Through living and working closely together, your group will practice more than wilderness travel skills. The habits learned and strengthened through this backpacking and canoeing expedition will serve you for life, and for whatever challenge is next.

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

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