Grade 10 Whitewater Expedition
The Grade 10 whitewater expedition, developed together with outdoor education partner Canyons, further extends students' skills and knowledge of expeditions and leadership, facilitating inquiry into the statement: Living and working in communities requires a shared understanding of leadership. In groups, students will paddle individual Packrafts, for 5 days, along the Yoshino River in Shikoku, one of the three great rivers of Japan and arguably one of the most beautiful. With an exciting, play based approach the necessary Packraft skills will be taught by Canyons’ expert instructors. Such skills include river swims as well as paddling in whitewater. Wearing wetsuits, students navigate their way across the class 1 to class 3 rapids sleeping in tents and cooking on stoves each night. The month of March provides cool, stable weather and will be constantly monitored, along with river levels and condition. On-river communication, group management and inclement weather plans have all been considered in the planning stages as per industry standard. The facilitation of learning takes into consideration differences in the development of student swimming and paddling ability. The teaching approach: “challenge by choice” encourages student ownership and guided decision making as the group studies the rapids and actively chooses their adventure. Adventure and wilderness engagement are reflected upon and students are actively guided in bringing their learning of community and group challenge back to school life. Shinkansen will take the students and YIS teaching staff to and from the Yoshino River, Oboke area. Our provider, Canyons, actively adhere to international and New Zealand whitewater operating standards and apply their excellent knowledge of the local environment and risk management.
Note: There is a travel surcharge for this expedition.