The Stage 2 Outdoor Education class completed their second group practical in Week 6 to the Lower Lakes and Coorong. With windy and wet conditions forecast, the students prepared exceptionally well for the challenges of their last supported program, prior to the self-reliant trip later this term. The students have learnt the basics of sailing during the Stage 1 course, as well as a preparation day in Week 5. They were excited to journey using sailing boats, in a unique and bespoke program.
On Monday the group sailed through Goolwa Barrage to Godfrey’s Landing in the Coorong, in favourable sailing conditions. Students were able to extend their skills and become familiar with the three different boats. Tuesday and Wednesday’s forecasts were constantly changing, eventually the prevailing wind was too strong for sailing and we camped at Godfrey’s for the remainder of the program. As we were not able to get on water, students spent more time on extending their theoretical knowledge of the boats. We spent time in the natural dune environment, visiting cultural sites and learning about local flora and fauna including bush foods. The students also filmed tutorials on general camping skills for their assessment piece. We also played a range of games that the students enjoyed, including survival skills and shelter building.
On the least day of program we hoped for easing winds in order to return home. The group got up early and set sail for Goolwa. We passed the Murray Mouth in good time before winds picking up and needing to power home using motors. The students demonstrated excellent resilience, positive attitude, co-operation and advanced outdoor skills in order to make the most of the fours days. They were able to learn a lot about being in natural environments in inclement weather, and make the most of any situation.
Experiential Learning Coordinator