4 Aug 2013

High-risk activities not needed in outdoor education: Outdoor Ed NZ

2:42 pm on 4 August 2013

Education Outdoors New Zealand says outdoor programmes for young people do not need to involve high-risk activities.

The comment came a week before the anniversary of a rock-climbing trip during which two high-school students and an instructor drowned off New Plymouth.

The organisation said that while being outdoors is important for young people, it does not need to be high-risk or involve whizzes and bangs.

Chair Liz Thevenard said many schools are moving to what is known as a 'place-based' approach, involving low-risk journeys in local environments.

She said TOPEC, the centre leading the trip that ended in tragedy, may have to modify its programme to make it lower-risk and more education-based.