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L1OP Outdoor Pursuits

The Main Aim

The main aim of the course is discovering more about yourself and your follow students through the provision of adventurous and challenging activities in a wide variety of environmental and social contexts. Learning will take place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is available for practical lessons during most weeks of each term.
The course themes of teamwork, organisation, self-responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity.  Each experience is reviewed to gain further understanding of our achievements and discoveries. There are no formal prerequisites and you do not need to have any outdoor experience to do this course. This course will help students discover basic skills and knowledge related to outdoor pursuits, allowing the student to carry on with further study in other Outdoor Pursuits courses. In addition, it will help the student discover an understanding of how people value our environment differently and allowing them to start developing how they value it. This course will be assessed using Unit Standards at Level 1 and 2 (19 credits) and Achievement Standards at Level 1 (5 credits).

Course Outline

The Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits course is intended to allow students to discover a wide variety of practical outdoor pursuit activities. The course is framed around the various pursuit activities. Each of these is taught for a block of time, anything from 3 – 9 weeks. The core components of the course are:
  • Kayaking: Kayaking on flatwater

  • Canoeing: Canoeing on Grade 1 Whitewater

  • Rock Climbing and Abseiling: Experience Rock Climbing and Abseiling

  • Mountain biking: Mountain Biking on beginner to intermediate trails and mountain bike maintenance.

  • Tramping: bushwalking skills

  • Risk Management: personal responses to hazards while tramping

  • Snowsports: Nordic Skiing with classic technique and also either Alpine skiing or Snowboarding


The course is based on assessment in a selection of Unit and Achievement Standards. All Standards are internally assessed. MAC Assessment and Reporting Policies and Procedures are applicable to Level 1 Outdoor Pursuits assessments. 

NCEA and University Entrance

The course can contribute credits towards NCEA Level 1 and 2. Please consult the MAC Outdoor Pursuits Website for further clarification. 

Assessment Methods

For all standards the majority of assessment tasks are assessed in a practical setting. In many cases there may only be a solitary opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in a task. There is no guarantee of a reassessment opportunity in this case. For this reason it is imperative that students attend all practical sessions. The assessment for snowsports takes place as a practical test on the skifield. There will only be one opportunity to do this test. 

Evidence for assessment is typically collected from tasks completed over a number of weeks. In some scenarios it is not possible to complete all tasks in the lessons available (such as if weather events cause cancellations). Every endeavor will be made to offer sufficient assessment opportunities. For this reason some assessments may not be able to be fully completed until Term 4. 

Rules and Regulations

The MAC NCEA Student Handbook outlines the expectations in relation to student work. There may be situations where you may miss a practical assessment for legitimate reasons. In that situation if it is possible to reschedule assessment, every effort will be made to do so, although it may not always be possible. 

If an assessment is missed and the reason is not legitimate the student will score a “not-achieved”. Assessment will occur both in class and during most practical sessions. A detailed calendar of practical sessions can be found on the practical calendar.

Other course expectations and rules:

  1. You must inform staff of any known reason for absence (from a practical) as far as possible ahead of time. Email or note is preferred.

  2. Any student who acts in an unsafe manner will be withdrawn from the session and maybe from the course.

  3.  Practical sessions begin at 1.20 and end at 5.30 (latest).

  4. Students may NOT travel in their own vehicles.

  5. There are fees associated with this course. Late payment of fees may result in the withdrawal of the student from the practical components of the course. This will likely result in assessments being “Not Achieved”.

  6. Overnight trips are a part of the course and full participation is expected.

  7. Students who are not able to attend a practical session (through injury or illness) are to report to the office and then to the Period 6 study class for that day.

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