Student from 12 nations began an "Outward Bound" course at Brathay Hall in Cumbria on Friday (20 August).
LV & CU ZOOM OUT Instructor Peter Campion teaching students theory of sailing
TV PAN Students walk along jetty to small sailing dinghies
SV & CU Campion preparing boat and instructing students (2 shots)
TV PAN & CUs Students preparing dinghies (4 shots)
CU Students setting off in dinghies
LVs & CUs Students sailing (5 shots)
Students attending the course came from: Mauritius, Singapore, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Israel, Sierre Leone, India, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
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Background: Student from 12 nations began an "Outward Bound" course at Brathay Hall in Cumbria on Friday (20 August).
SYNOPSIS: Brathay Hall is familiar to thousands of students around the world. It's one of the most well-known Outward Bound centres in Britain, offering a range of outdoor activities from sailing to mountaineering.
Universities, colleges, companies and governments send people here. The aim is to give pupils a basic understanding of survival techniques.
They're given the chance to gain experience dealing with situations in a rugged and often unfriendly natural environment. Lake Windemere is used for the sailing courses and the mountains behind, for trekking and climbing. Before taking to the water, their instructor, Peter Campion, briefed them on the sailing rules. The centre has a fleet of seven dinghies for use by the students. There are 22 on the current course, most of them beginners to sailing. but they soon picked up the basic rules.
The students represent a wide variety of interests. Some are studying law, others nursing. One is learning film production and another accountancy. Courses usually last from one to four weeks and the organisers say there's a growing demand for what they offer. Many leading organisations now encourage their trainees to take the Outward Bound course.
The centre is an educational charity recognised by the British Department of Education. It also enjoys the sponsorship of many governments and international agencies.
Before the students start the course they're warned it's tough. Although many return year after year it's not meant to be a holiday. The organisers say the aim is to give a taste of how to cope in a critical survival situation. The sailing is one of the less strenuous activities. Even so, conditions on the lake are not always easy for novice sailors. Cumbria is in the heart of the adventure school country and Brathay Hall is just one of several such centres in the region.