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what should I expect from a Two Day Wilderness Survival Course?

In short, expect to learn the essential skills of survival along with spending the night in a debris shelter or under a tarp in a woodland setting. Expect good food, great instruction and even greater banter, basically expect a fun reality based survival course pitched to your skill set and run at a pace to aid learning not suffering. This is NOT an endurance test!

“Nothing of value is ever taught, only learned from tangible experiences”

Firstly let’s look at the course content in brief –

Medical

Don’t expect a first aid course, however, we will have a brief discussion on this very important aspect. Bring along your kit if you have one.

Shelter

You will be shown various options and taught how to build them. It will now be over to you to get it done and make your bed for the night. Options of tarps or debris shelters are available. There is lots to know here to be comfortable – conduction, convection, radiation, precipitation, reflection and condensation are all factors in having a warm night’s sleep.

Fire

You will be shown how to light fire with sparks from a ferrocerium rod along with other available options such as matches and lighters. Natural and man made tinders will be investigated and demonstrated.

You will then be tasked to light your own fire. Throughout the experience you will light various fires. This is a skill you learn by doing, not watching.

Water

Water sourcing is a bit of a dry subject, excuse the pun! Lots of science but a subject you must understand. We will discuss the five contaminates and investigate how to treat these. You will then process your own water and boil it on your fire.

Movement, Navigation, Signalling

Movement is key, survival is all about getting home, that’s where the pizza and beer is! We will discuss the importance of carrying equipment to aid us in successful movement over distance and the value of maps and navigation along with natural navigation such as using the moon and stars. We will also learn some simple and effective methods of signalling. 

So that’s a very basic rundown of what we cover.

So What does a course look like?

You will arrive in our car park at 09:00 and meet the rest of the participants. We will then head down to our camp. 

Basecamp is a simple affair but allows us some comfort to teach and learn. After a brief intro and a look at medical factors and the importance of dynamic risk assessing we will get cracking with some safe tool use. Basically get you using some knives and saws to make some items to help you build your camp. 

Then we will get on with the job of building our shelters for the night. This is usually a large portion of the morning so expect a bit of work here, it pays off with a comfortable night’s sleep. 

Don’t worry about this bit. We will make sure you stay warm and dry. The last thing we want is miserable students the next day. I promise, you will be comfy!! 

Lunch break is always a good chance for a catch up and discuss gear/kit, previous experience and any other rabbit holes of knowledge we go down. 

In the afternoon we will look at fire lighting and water purification. You will also be shown how to make a simple tripod to suspend your metal container for boiling your water. 

That is pretty much Day 1. Time for dinner (expect big portions and good grub!) and to relax/reflect and if conditions are suitable, do some star gazing and learn some night navigation techniques. 

Day 2

Breakfast at 08 00 and break camp. The latter is a subject in itself!

We will head for a woods walk and learn some handy trees and plants along with tracking, fungi, fire craft etc. Whatever we see really, I do love a teachable moment!

Quick fire test while on the walk, another good chance to own this key skill.

Brew when we get back and discuss suitable tools for survival. 

We will have a session on traps and snares and try out hand at some carving of notches and pot hangers etc. Lots of tool use here. Safe knife use is a pinnacle skill and one we will really get to grips with.

Bushcraft camp cooking

We’ll have a break for some lunch (Soup and a roll usually).

In the afternoon we will go over the topics of movement, navigation and signalling, along with the contents to carry in your day pack. 

Final wrap up and debrief. Depart around 16:00. 

Action packed then! Lots to do and lots to learn, the latter is the important bit. We want you to leave owning the skills and feeling confident in your ability. 

It won’t be a suffer fest and it won’t be a gruelling shouty military exercise. It will however be a quick paced busy few days learning from years of real experience in a stunning setting with good food and plenty of tea! 
We hope to see you there, for 2023 course dates see HERE.