Wilderness Safety & Survival

Our Wilderness Safety & Survival training program is a progressive set of courses that aim to develop your skills and confidence in the wilderness, and specifically should you find yourself in a survival situation.

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Wilderness Safety & Survival - Level 1 (Survival Knowledge)

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Learn the basics of surviving in the wilderness. Our training is based on the current Canadian Air Force doctrine. This course is both informative and entertaining through real life examples. The basic principles learned, can be used in all environments whether it’s land, marine or urban based emergencies. Ask questions, handle equipment and start fires.

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • Psychology of Survival: Enemies of Survival, the Good Survival Prospect, and the Survival Pattern
  • Alert & Response of the Search and Rescue (SAR) system in Canada
  • First Aid and the Prevention of Injuries
  • Fire lighting under adverse conditions
  • Shelter Construction across Environmental Conditions
  • Effective Signals: Be found, Go home!
  • Water Procurement & Treatment
  • Food Gathering & Preparation
  • Clothing and Equipment Choices for Survival

Wilderness Safety & Survival - Level 2 (Practical Survival)

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Apply all the knowledge you learned in the WSS Level 1 course! This fun filled day outdoors includes practical training and hands on experience using the best equipment on the market. Practice starting fires using various materials, learn to find water and make it safe to drink, and actually build a survival shelter that you could sleep in.

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • First Aid: Awareness and Prevention is key!
  • Fire: Multiple methods under varying conditions.
  • Shelter: Varying types, materials, placements, and the pros & cons of each.
  • Signals: Being seen is being rescued! (flares, mirrors, flags etc.)
  • Water: Purification tabs, pumps, filters, when and where.
  • Food: Passive techniques for harvesting common plants and animals.

 

Wilderness Safety & Survival - Level 3 (Overnight Survival)

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Get a real taste of survival! Imagine building your own survival shelter, sitting around a crackling fire that you built, watching the stars, and sipping on hot wild rose hip tea. Those are only a few of the things you will do during this course. Spend two full days and one night in a beautiful wilderness setting, learning to survive. Definitely a weekend you won't forget! So you think you have enough firewood to last the night?

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • First Aid: Awareness and Prevention is key!
  • Shelter: Alternative Shelter Options.
  • Signals: Go Big and Go Home! Being seen is being rescued! Let's build a Smoke Generator
  • Water: Purification tabs, pumps, filters, when and where.
  • Food: Passive techniques for harvesting common plants and animals.

Note: It will be at the instructor’s judgment if you will be placed solo, in pairs, or small groups.

Wilderness Safety & Survival - Level 4 (Solo Survival)

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This 5 day adventure will give you a new perspective on life and survival. We will have two days of advanced survival instruction which leads to a 3 day solo survival adventure. Passive survival is the name of the game and advanced techniques will be introduced. You will experience some or all of the enemies of survival. This experience is very similar to a vision quest.

Syllabus (includes but not limited to):

  • Local plants and animal identification and patterns.
  • Passive food gathering techniques.
  • Knife and axe sharpening techniques.
  • Food storage and preparations.
  • Advanced fire starting.
  • Enemies of survival.
  • Smoke generator.
  • Cleaning and cooking of small game.

Solo projects include

  • Start and maintain a fire
  • Identify and gather food sources
  • Create a ground to air signal
  • Produce a tool of their choice (ie. fishing rod, axes, fork)
  • Navigate from drop off point to solo site and back at the end of the exercise.
  • Identify water sources and demonstrate methods of purification.
  • Select a shelter site and build the shelter of their choice with the on hand materials
  • Set and monitor a small game snare, either a rabbit or squirrel set. Snares may be closed so as not to catch animals.

Wilderness Safety & Survival

Level 1 (Survival Knowledge)

Prerequisites: none

Duration: 1 full day

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:8

Cost: $125 + tax

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses

Wilderness Safety & Survival

Level 2 (Practical Survival)

Prerequisites:

  • WSS1

Duration: 1 full day

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6

Cost: $150 + tax

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses

Wilderness Safety & Survival

Level 3 (Overnight Survival)

Prerequisites:

  • WSS1

Duration:

  • 1 full day if combined with WSS2
  • 2 full days by itself

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6

Cost:

  • $125 + tax if combined with WSS2
  • $300 + tax by itself

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses

Wilderness Safety & Survival

Level 4 (Solo Survival)

Prerequisites:

Duration: 5 days, 3 nights (1st, 3rd, 4th nights)

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6

Cost: $1000 + tax

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses