Poly courses return to Central

The outdoor and adventure education programme would provide learners with skills to work in the...
The outdoor and adventure education programme would provide learners with skills to work in the adventure industry including tramping. Photo: ODT files

Otago Polytechnic is bringing its outdoor education courses back to heartland Central Otago.

Polytechnic Central Campus head of school Alex Huffadine, based in Cromwell, said the courses moved to Dunedin about 15 years ago, but were now on their way back.

"It's a logical decision. The programme spends a lot of time in the Central Otago region.''

A polytechnic spokesman said two new courses would begin at the Cromwell campus: a certificate and diploma in outdoor and adventure education.

The certificate would begin in 2019 and the diploma in 2020.

The outdoor and adventure education programme would provide learners with skills to work in the adventure industry - including kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, tramping, mountain biking, nutrition, health, physical and psychological performance, and leadership.

Mr Huffadine said the courses would bring two staff to Cromwell.

Both programmes would be managed by the Cromwell campus, with support from Dunedin.

The Cromwell campus already offered snowsports and avalanche programmes, sports turf management and bike mechanic qualifications.

tom.kitchin@odt.co.nz

 

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