Basic Survival Course is required to attend this course
2013 Course Date
February 25th to the 1st March No Spots Available
Other dates are available for groups of 6 or more Location - Bracebridge, Ontario Cost - $500 +HST
This course is for the both complete novices to Emergency Survival and more experienced students alike. We cover the differences between Emergency Survival, Combat Survival, Bushcraft & Primitive Living, all of which are commonly mistaken for one another, making learning the basics difficult. During this course you are given plenty of time to feed yourself and to be well rested, as we believe this way your mind is in a better state for learning. After all, you are here to learn survival techniques, not go through a survival ordeal. We stay well away from military-style boot camp training. Our courses are designed to be enjoyed, not endured. Unlike the weekend emergency survival course, where time is very limited and therefore not every subject will be covered in depth, the extended duration of the week course allows us to really concentrate on each subject in a detailed hands-on manner.
Course Outline The course starts on Monday Morning 08:00hrs. We start with site selection and getting the shelters up, then it’s on to the fun stuff! Over the duration of the week, some of the things you can expect to learn include:
Pre-trip plans, including common mistakes normally made with them; Choosing appropriate clothing, including discussions on appropriate layering; Survival kits – what is useful, what isn’t; Assessing your situation; The six priorities of survival: Shelter – both man made and improvised from natural materials; Fire – starting fires using both modern and primitive techniques, types of fire construction for cooking and keeping you warm; Water – locating and purifying; Food - wild edibles, hunting and trapping; Location – determining your current location, navigating without equipment, signalling your location to rescuers; First Aid –first aid techniques for an emergency survival situation, including recognising the symptoms of hypothermia and how to treat it;
The course usually finishes around 15:30hrs on Friday, largely depending on group size, and not before we’ve made time for a group photo and certificates. The certificates are nice enough to be framed and a course report is available if this course is work related.
Accommodation is in a shelter made from a tarp. If you wish, you may stay in one of the natural shelters you will assemble. An instructor will always be present throughout the night to lend a hand if needed.
To keep costs low, food is not included on this course. The use of a tarp and a Mora Clipper knife is included.
Cost: $565 (includes all applicable taxes). A 25% deposit is required to hold your place, with the balance payable 8 weeks before the course start. If the balance is not paid by this time, the reservation will be treated as cancelled by the client. Client cancellations earlier than 6 weeks before the start of the course will be refunded in full, subject to a $50 administration charge. For cancellations later than 6 weeks before the beginning of the course, no refund can be given. However, in the good spirit of bushcraft, if we can fill your place we will refund your payment (less the administration charge) at anytime. In the event of a School in the Woods cancellation, all fees paid will be fully refunded.