Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie outdoor recreation and ecotourism students have swapped the lecture room for the great outdoors.
They experienced top rope climbing at Nobbys Beach under the guidance of adventure guide and roping instructor Sam Dalton.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) student Elena Babazogli said the rock climbing experience was nerve-wracking but she felt a real sense of accomplishment.
“Once I got up there, I didn’t want to get down,” she said.
“The view was nice and I was comfortable too.”
The students rock climbed as part of Orientation Week.
Associate Professor Rosemary Black said rock climbing was a great way for the students to get to know each other ahead of classes starting on February 27.
The students will experience outdoor activities from canoeing to bush walking, abseiling and wilderness first aid as part of their studies.
Most of these activities are with partner Wadonga TAFE.
The degree encompasses theory and development of knowledge and understanding in areas such as geology, ecology, statistics, environmental education and cultural heritage.