Writing just for the fun of it! from Perth, Western Australia
Published August 9th 2011
Got some time on your hands? looking for a new experience? Perhaps you want some new friends, or a new skill. Here's 10 courses you may not have heard of, but definately should have a look at!
1. Learn to Act
I bet you have never considered taking an acting class, but the benefits of acting classes extend beyond the celebrities. They can broaden your social life, relieve stress and teach you confidence that you can utilize both in social and professional life. Right now Acting Classes In Perth have a special on for beginners, saving you 40% on classes, so there has never been a better time to start your personal development through acting. The studio is located on Bruce Street in Como, but you must book your 2 day acting course well in advance as classes fill up fast!
2. Know Your Car Many of us own a car without ever really knowing how it works. In fact, most of us rely on a professional just to change our tyres. So why not take the initiative and learn for yourself? Polytechnic WA offers short car maintenance courses from $136.50. You will learn how to change your oil and tyres as well as the general theory on how your engine works and how to spot a problem. For around 2 1/2 hours a week spanning over 6 weeks, you will be learning skills you can proudly utilize long after the course is over.
3.Learn Sign Language You always see in movies and on television people who have mastered the art of sign language because of a deaf family member or friend. The reality is you will come across someone in your life that is deaf, and unless you have had this exposure, you will not know how to communicate. Many of us take the ability to hear for granted, and never considered what would happen if that ability was taken away. Today it is easier than ever to learn this valuable skill that might one day help make someone's life a little easier. Challenger TAFE Peel Campus, in Mandurah, is offering a short course to help you learn the basics of sign language. After 7 weeks you would have the ability to hold a basic conversation with a deaf person, a skill you will be glad to have!
4. A Photography Course with a Difference
If you love taking photos and love travelling, but somehow your photos never turn out the way you want them to, then this is the course for you. Instead of your classic classroom photography course, Mark Gray offers hands on learning experience. Rather than using several hours a week to teach the basics of landscape photography, you learn it all in one day from a professional on the 1 Day Photography Tour. The tour includes lunch and beverages, in between touring Perth's best attractions. The course will set you back $595 including a photographers manual, and the group is never bigger than 8 so the lessons can be tailored to your interests.
5. Fulfil Your Racing Dream Many children grow up with a dream of racing almost anything with wheels, and for some of us that dream never leaves us. MCMotorsport is providing the perfect opportunity for new time racers to practice performance racing in their own vehicles. For $95 you are taught in a small group of 7 – 10 people, and all you need is your car, a helmet and a current driver's licence. They even offer gift vouchers for those who know someone who just can't get enough of thrill of racing. Lessons are held at Perth International Airport, at the RAC driving centre.
Photo from adrenalin.com.au
6. Save a Life
Admit it, we all think about doing a first aid course, but how many of us actually do? For $199 St Johns Ambulance Service offers a one day senior first aid course, plus refresher material and a take home CPR kit. With flexible dates and locations, there really is no excuse not to learn this valuable skill that might one day save some one's life.
7. Learn Rock Climbing
Some of us may have done a little rock climbing when we were younger. My first time was at year 7 camp, on a wall that at the time seemed impossible. One thing I learnt though was that the dynamic completely changes when you go outside and try your hand at REAL rock climbing. For $395, Adrenalin Perth can get you out on the cliffs in a two day training course that will teach you how to experience that genuine adrenaline rush confidently and safely. Located at the beautiful Churchman Brook, the instructors are complete professionals, fully trained in rock climbing and first aid. The benefits of pushing your limits and learning this great sport extend beyond fitness. You also build confidence in your own life, and become part of the select group of people who can actually say they can climb the cliffs of Perth!
8. Keep Your Own Bees
Honey is something we take for granted. Always available on a supermarket shelf, we often forget where it came from and how it got there. How many of us have considered making our own? The University of Western Australia is offering a two day course on beekeeping, including the logistics and, more importantly, how to keep your own backyard bee hive. Ideal for those with time on their hands or even those who take a personal interest in their diets, fresh natural honey has many health benefits from treating illness to preventing it. Check out UWA's PDF brochure on short courses found on this link for more information.
The stress of day to day issues gets to us all at times. Meditation, while previously laughed at, has now been widely accepted as an effective way of reducing stress and aiding in well being. The Joondalup library has a $50 course on meditation essentials. It takes place on Friday mornings in the ground floor meeting room, at 102 Boas Ave, Joondalup. You must book ahead and arrive on time at 9.30. With such a convenient location, there really is no reason not to spend a few hours learning how to improve your life for the better.
10. Learn the Language of Love
A common activity on everyone's 'things to do before I die' list is to learn a second language. Whilst not the easiest, French is one of the most popular second languages to learn simply because of its beauty. Polytechnic WA is offering level 1 French courses starting from $136.50 at Sevenoaks High School. For those who wish to visit France there is also a specific course for travellers. With the course only taking two hours a week for 7 weeks, there really is no reason not to learn such a valuable skill. Registration is open, so go ahead and boost your career and social abilities now.