Difficulty Rating: Intermediate - Advanced
The length of this class is 7 days and 6 nights.
Before taking this class, we recommend having taken our 5 Day Outdoor Survival Skills Class and our 7 Day Advanced Bushcraft Class or have taken an equivalent class elsewhere.
We will assume you have basic survival skills such as fire making, water procurement, shelter building, knot tying, etc and will only briefly review these topics.
You will be challenged during this class and we will not be in an established camp.
The Advanced Wilderness Survival Class is designed to immerse you into your survival experience while still keeping you in controlled environment where you can learn valuable skills.
This course will teach you how to properly plan and prepare for emergencies and to give you hands-on, supervised experience and confidence.
We will not only teach you how to use equipment you should always have to increase your chances of survival, but will also teach you primitive techniques sourced from nature to help you to survive even if you don’t have all the necessary equipment.
During this 7-day course, the Priorities of Survival will be emphasized and reinforced on a daily basis.
You will learn basic techniques for fire, shelter, water, and food with new techniques added daily, building on the skills you learned the day before.
Students will learn:
Psychology of Survival
- The Priorities of Survival
- Survival Fire craft (both modern and primitive)
- Survival Shelters (both modern and primitive)
- Finding, Filtering, and Purifying Water
- Passive techniques for Food (Land and Water Based)
- Edible, Useful, and Medicinal Plants
- First Aid for Common Wilderness Injuries
- Choosing and using tools for Survival
- Survival Kit Preparation
Students should expect to apply techniques taught throughout the length of the course.
Days one and two are designed to teach you skills and give you time to practice them in a more controlled environment.
Days three through seven are set-up as a survival scenario that forces you into a situation to apply those skills with limited instruction and supervision.
On day one, you will review modern and primitive skills in a training environment, but you also be required to sleep overnight in a primitive shelter and you will start and sustain your own fire.
You will field process a goat or other similar animal, butcher it and learn how to dry, smoke and preserve the meat over a campfire and this will be used to sustain you for the rest of the week.
On day two will be the beginning of the scenario phase.
Students will be taken to a designated location with limited gear and be responsible for meeting their own needs: Fire, Shelter, Water, Food, First Aid, Navigation, and Signal.
Since hunting and trapping out of season are illegal, students must demonstrate that they can build a functioning trap before they are given their food rations for the day.
This scenario will continue until the end of day seven when the students are either "rescued" or walk out.
Instructors will be present at all times and drive the scenario to ensure you get the most out of this scenario and certain requirements will need to be met to ensure your skills are tested and validated and for safety purposes.
Upon completion of this course, you will have gained valuable skills, experience, and confidence in several scenarios and will have been tested in a controlled environment.
This course will teach you, test you, and provide you with an extremely valuable lesson: knowledge of self.
Food and water are required.
Water will be provided and food is your own choice but will be limited and rationed due to the scenario. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as our Camp Ready Meals or MRE’s.
You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Walmart and several local eateries are within a close drive away.
Minimum Survival Tools Required:
- Small Backpack
- Poncho or Rain Gear
- Outdoor Clothing
- Fixed blade knife & folding saw
- Overnight Camping Gear
Check our recommended items list for more details!