This course is for the complete novice to Emergency Survival. 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.
Course Outline The course starts on Saturday Morning 08:00hrs. We start with site selection and getting the shelters up. We will then go through a standard pre-trip plan, and some common mistakes that people often make when filling them out. Next is route cards, and then onto some lectures about useful outdoor clothing, outdoor equipment, and survival equipment - including kits and knives. We stop around 12:00hrs (noon) for lunch for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how we are progressing. After lunch, we continue with the six priorities of survival: Shelter, Fire, Water, Food, Location & First Aid for the rest of the day. Sunday will start at 07:00hrs getting dressed and fed, then lessons begin again at 08:00hrs where we will continue working on the priorities for the time remaining. Finishing time on Sunday depends largely on the size of the group. We always make sure that everything is covered and that there’s 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. You will also learn the construction of shelters made from natural materials. 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: $299 + HST. 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.
Duration: 2 days 1 night.
Location: Oakville & Norval, Ontario.
Timing: Please arrive between 30 and 60 minutes prior to the start of the program to complete administration requirements. Thank you.