Our club was created so its members could be exposed to the wonders of nature and the great outdoors.

Many activities require training before members can participate safely; examples of skilled adventurous activity include but aren’t limited to…

  • Abseiling
  • Canyoning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Navigation
  • Rock Climbing
  • Camping

And many more as time goes on…

Most new members don’t have the skills needed to take part in these trips. OAC has its own skills courses on offer, instructed by endorsed and experienced Trip Leaders*.

These skills trips, the equipment required to take part in them, and the instructors are included in your annual membership fee.

Below are the current courses we have provided in recent years (under review, Q1 2023).

As a general rule, most of the introductory level courses are posted at the start of term near O’day, and more advanced trips occur later in the year as needed/requested.

Abseil Skills 1/2: 


Beginner abseiling techniques, anchor building and assessment, self-rescue

Rock Skills 1/2:

Beginner, 1-day

Introduction to top roping and anchor assessment/construction/cleaning.

Learn to Lead Climb (i.e. Rock Skills 3):

Intermediate, 1-day

Introduction to sport (lead) climbing on fixed protection (carrots/bolts).

Multipitch Skills(i.e. Rock Skills 4)

Advanced, 1.5 day (includes a theory night)

Multi-pitch climbing

Trad Skills

Advanced, 2-day

Lead climbing while placing natural protection.

Improvised Rope Rescue 1-3:

Intermediate, advanced, 1-2 day

Vertical rescue, self-rescue and guiding.

Navigation Skills

Beginner, 1-day

Basics of how to navigate outdoors using a map and compass, on track and off track.


In addition, there are sometimes one-off workshops when leaders get the inspiration to try something new. These can be camp cooking, snorkelling, mushroom foraging, rogaining, fishing… sky’s the limit.


*Contact the current Safety Officer (safety@utsoac.org..au) if you’re curious about the process of becoming one of our volunteer Trip Leaders.