Outward Bound Oman

FAQs

FAQs

 

  • How do I get on an Outward Bound Oman course?

Initially we arerunning courses for schools and colleges rather than for individuals. Contact the Outward Bound Oman office to find out if we can organise a course for your school. In 2012 we hope to run our first open courses where individuals can apply to take part. Keep looking at this website!

  • Is it safe?

Outward Bound has very high safety standards. Thorough risk assessments are undertaken prior to any activity, and Outward Bound Oman has an annual safety inspection by experienced inspectors from overseas. Whilst it is important to acknowledge that nothing in life is risk free. We work hard to minimise risk, but at the same time seek to stretch and challenge young people. Driving, or crossing the road, or playing football, is statistically much more dangerous than taking part on an Outward Bound course. Learning how to handle new situations and safely take part in challenging experiences is a large part of the value you take from an Outward Bound course.

  • How fit do I need to be to take part in an Outward Bound course?

Outward Bound is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Physical challenge is one of the many tools we use to help you explore your personal potential. You do not have to be an athlete in order to benefit from our courses, as they are designed for the reasonably fit, active individual. However, our courses are physically demanding and a certain amount of physical preparation will ensure that you get the most out of your course

  • Is Outward Bound in places other than Oman?

Outward Bound schools are worldwide. To use the name, a school must be accredited to the standards of Outward Bound International. Outward Bound Oman is the only Outward Bound School in the Arabian Gulf. You can find out about the other Outward Bound schools by clicking on http://www.outwardbound.net/locations/

  • Can students be contacted whilst on a course?

In an emergency we can get messages to you while you are on course, but due to the wildreness areas where we operate this may take several hours. We collect mobile phones from you at the start of a course, returning them at the end (it probably won't work anyway!). We do this to create a focused learning environment, where we have your complete attention. If there is a problem on the course, the Outward Bound Oman instructor carries a Thuraya satellite phone for emergency calls.

  • Who else will be with me?

Course groups are generally comprised of 15-20 participants and 2 Outward Bound Oman staff, plus accompanying adults.

  • What if I am afraid of heights, cold, or....?

Everyone on an Outward Bound course feels a little apprehension at the beginning. All we ask is that you are willing to try. All tasks are achievable.

  • How do I prepare myself for the course-what do I need to bring?

A positive attitude is all you need. You will receive the information on the equipment you need to bring with you, suggestions for travel arrangements and anything else you might need to know before you arrive.