Skills Courses

Skills Development

For those wanting to participate safely in the outdoors, we develop programmes that will take you to the next skill level, novice – intermediate – advanced. Programmes can be developed for a broad cross section of outdoor pursuits. These include rock climbing, mountaineering, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, navigation and sailing. The programmes are run by passionate outdoor instructors who want to pass on their skills in a fun and inspirational way.

These programmes will help ensure you can safely participate in the outdoors and enjoy the amazing environment we have here in New Zealand. Our programmes are run from either OPC Tongariro or OPC Great Barrier.

Next Courses Start End Price Status
5-Day Introductory 30-Nov-14 05-Dec-14 $1,285  OPEN
5-Day Intermediate 30-Nov-14 05-Dec-14 $1,285  OPEN
    The price includes:

  • All meals from start day breakfast through to departure day lunch.
  • Accommodation from the night before the course starts to the night before the course ends.
  • Five days of OPC instruction.
  • Use of specialist gear and equipment.
  • Transport to and from activity sites once at OPC Tongariro.

In the midst of a World Heritage area, the Central Plateau offers superb and challenging rock climbing. Imagine hanging off sheer volcanic rock faces next to the dormant Mt Ngauruhoe in the dramatic Mangatepopo Valley, or watching the sunset over Mt Taranaki while packing up your gear after a fulfilling day climbing the crags up Mt Ruapehu. Further afield you could experience Whanganui Bay, a highly-rated five star rock climbing crag on the edge of the majestic Lake Taupo, or the more easily accessible sport climbing areas of Wharepapa and Froggat Edge.

The intrinsic rewards that come from combining concentration, agility, balance, strength and judgment are unequalled in any other sport. Whatever standard you rock climb at, from novice to expert, these feelings remain the same. The key lies in seeking out new and exciting challenges.

If you aspire to learn the skills of Rock Climbing or to broaden your existing skill base, OPC can implement a course that will achieve your goals. We have experienced, passionate NZOIA-qualified instructors who have climbed in areas around the globe. At a 1:4 ratio, the instructors personalised climbing instruction makes learning enjoyable and challenging, no matter your level.

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Introductory Rock Skills

The Introduction Rock Skills course is designed for people who have limited experience, or never climbed before. With the 1:4 instructor to client ratio; you will gain a solid foundation of rock climbing knowledge and skills.

Course Overview

    This course will allow you to learn the basic skills required for climbing:

  • Tying climbing knots and where to use them.
  • Knowledge of equipment.
  • Techniques to safely and effectively belay.
  • Abseil with a self protection system.
  • Basic top rope anchor systems.
  • Different climbing techniques including edging, jamming and bridging.
  • Identify and minimise risks.
  • Understand the development of climbing in New Zealand.
  • Use of specialist gear and equipment.
  • Transport to and from activity sites once at OPC Tongariro.

Intermediate Rock Skills

The Intermediate Rock Skills course is designed to teach the technical aspects of rock climbing to ensure that students have the opportunity to lead on sport and trad climbs, set up safe and efficient anchors and belay systems and perform simple rescues. Previous to this course students should have had 15 days personal climbing outside and have a working knowledge of rock equipment and systems.

Technical:

  • Lead on sport routes using fixed protection (bolts, chains).
  • Be able to place a variety of natural protection (wires, stoppers, hexes, camming devices).
  • Lead on trad routes using natural protection.
  • Linking multi-point anchors.
  • Rigging climbs for a lower, abseil and top-rope.
  • Setting up safe belay stations.
  • Climbing safely and rescues.

Environment:

  • Recognise the impact that rock climbing has on the environment and how minimize this.
  • Recognise the need to respect current access agreements.

Safety:

  • Be able to use your own equipment to help a climbing partner: Raising them to you with their assistance, to escape from the system and abseiling with an injured climber.
  • Be able to identify and then apply correct procedures for minimising risks whilst climbing.

Personal:

  • Be able to select suitable climbs and suitable equipment for those climbs.
  • Be able to identify climbs that are realistic for you to lead and how to do so.
  • Be able to maximise different techniques for efficient movement on rock: balance, using your feet, edging, jamming, bridging and laybacking.
  • Effective training techniques for advancing climbing grades.
Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.

We have experienced, passionate NZOIA-qualified instructors who have paddled in areas around the globe. Their personalized kayak instruction makes learning enjoyable and challenging, no matter your level.

All within easy driving distance of our Tongariro centre, the Waikato, Tongariro, Rangitaiki and Mohaka Rivers are ideal venues for learning boating skills. Courses benefit from video feedback, a heated rolling pool and small group sizes. Courses are residential and run on an instructor participant ratio of 1:4.

To run these courses as effectively as possible we aim to have people at similar levels in each group. To this end we have both an introductory course and an intermediate course. When applying, please provide as much information as possible about your previous experience.

Introductory 5-Day Kayak Course

Programme Overview – The skills you will develop and learn include:

  • Personal paddling skills on flat and white water
  • Rolling
  • Knowledge of the latest equipment
  • River Rescue techniques
  • Managing clients on moving water
  • Teaching progressions for rolling and white water techniques
  • Site selection for teaching sessions
  • Risk management principles

Intermediate 5-Day Kayak Course

Programme Overview – The skills you will develop and learn include:

  • Getting that 100% roll and looking at variations
  • Learning and applying paddle technique to run grade III
  • Knowledge of basic freestyle techniques such as surfing waves and riding holes
  • Understanding rivers and choosing lines to match your ability on grade III
  • Apply safety principles and learn river rescue applications
  • Knowledge of gear available in NZ, what to carry and how to use it

Course Details

Next Courses Start End Price Status
5-Day Introductory 24-Oct-14 29-Oct-14 $1,290  OPEN
5-Day Intermediate 24-Oct-14 29-Oct-14 $1,290  OPEN

Location: OPC Tongariro, Tongariro National Park

Your programme will be based from OPC Tongariro, located 30km south-west of Turangi on the north-west edge of the Tongariro National Park.  Our catering staff will provide all meals with your help in meal preparation and cleaning.  Indoor sessions will support time spent on the water.

Participants will spend as much time as possible on the water to maximise ‘hands on’ learning in conjunction with essential theory sessions.  Your trip will include 1 or 2 nights camping.

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Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.

Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.

OPC and Genesis Energy have teamed up to offer school students local to OPC Tongariro the opportunity to expand their personal kayak skills. If you’re not sure whether you’re a local, please give us a call 0800 688 843.

We have experienced, passionate NZOIA-qualified instructors who have paddled in areas around the globe. Their personalized kayak instruction makes learning enjoyable and challenging, no matter your level.

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5-day residential course white water kayaking on a river.

Location: OPC Tongariro, Tongariro National Park

Dates: Dates for 2014 to be confirmed.
Cost: This is a 5-day residential course, with a 75% scholarship being offered. The price for the 5 day course is $1,290.00 (including GST), less the scholarship = $325.00 to pay.

If you are not a local student and would like to kayak with us, please check out our courses on the Kayak tab.

5-Day White Water Kayaking

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Mountaineering is about climbing and climbing to the top of something.  Here at OPC we have access to the best Alpine Climbing areas in the North Island.  Within an hour of our base we can be high on Mt Ruapehu getting ready to take on some spectacular grade 2 and 3 routes on ice, snow and mixed terrain. There are beautiful gullies, exciting faces and fun ridge lines to climb, and beautiful summits to stand on. This is an ideal training ground for mountaineering further afield.

We have two course levels; introductory and intermediate.

Our introductory course focuses on the basic skills needed to get about safely on the snow. You will be taught how to use ice axes and crampons while walking on steep snow slopes, simple rope skills, how to interpret the weather, how to avoid getting caught in an avalanche and of course what to do if you see someone else get caught in one. If the weather permits, a climb to one of the many summits of Mt Ruapehu will be attempted.

Our intermediate course goes a few steps further and gets you onto steeper and more remote terrain. Just imagine balancing on crampon front points with two ice axes dug into the hard snow as you climb your way up a steep face or gulley….it’s really exciting and to get you there you will be taught the ins and outs of pitch climbing and how to climb with a partner.

Even through the main focus is on climbing, there is a pervading emphasis on staying alive so: safe travel in the snow including avalanche awareness; learning about the weather; and more advanced rope skills. If you choose a longer course and the weather permits you may have the opportunity to camp on the snow or snow-cave whilst attempting a remote peak high on Mt Ruapehu.

Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.
Course Dates Price Status
Weekend Introduction 4th-6th July 14 $700 CANX
5-Day Introduction 20th-25th Jul 14 $1,490 OPEN
5-Day Intermediate 20th-25th Jul 14 $1,490 CANX

Weekend Introduction

5-Day Introduction

5-Day Intermediate

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This course is for kayakers and other river users. We teach a set of principles to promote safety while kayaking in white water based on the Whitewater NZ syllabus.

Programme Overview

Taking full advantage of the rivers accessible to OPC Tongariro, the skills you will cover and develop include:

  • Theory – equipment, hydrology, the rescue team.
  • Practical – self rescues, boat based rescues, bank based rescues, swimmers.
  • River Trip – leadership, equipment, safe management.

Our experienced instructors are passionate about their sport and introducing others to it. They are skilled at providing suitable experiences (and progressions) to make learning enjoyable and challenging and to suit your particular level.

Course Details

The price includes:

  • All meals from start day breakfast through to departure day lunch.
  • Accommodation from the night before the course starts to the night before the course ends.
  • Two days of OPC instruction – the safety ratio is one instructor per six participants.
  • Use of gear and equipment.
  • Transport to and from activity sites once at OPC Tongariro.

Adult Course

Location: OPC Tongariro, Tongariro National Park
Dates: 14th – 16th November 2014
Cost: This is a 2-day residential course.  The price for the 2-day course is $480.00 per person (including GST).

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Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.

This 2-day course is designed for intermediate level skiers or above who wish to safely travel and ski away from the controlled ski field using touring bindings.

Programme Aims to:

  • Take advantage of the easily accessible off-piste terrain in the Tongariro National Park
  • Develop a safety conscious approach to ski travel away from the controlled ski area
  • Develop knowledge of back country ski equipment

Course May Cover:

  • Use, care and maintenance of backcountry ski equipment
  • Terrain selection
  • Avalanche awareness and safety
  • Weather assessment and the effect on snowpack
  • Mountain navigation

Price Includes:

  • 2 days of specialist instruction
  • Use of some specialist gear and equipment
  • Does not include ski boots, mountaineering skis and skins
  • All transport for the duration of the course
  • All meals from Saturday breakfast through to departure day lunch
  • Accommodation from the arrival night to the night before the course ends

Location: OPC Tongariro, Tongariro National Park
Dates: 10th – 12th October 2014
Cost: This is a 2-day residential course.  The price for the 2-day course is $700.00 per person (including GST).

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Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.