Dave MacDonald

Survival Instructor

Dave MacDonald

President and Lead Survival Instructor

Personal Hobbies

  • Father of  two boys
  • Hunting (archery, black powder and rifle) and fishing
  • Back country canoeing and camping
  • Hiking and mountain biking
  • Dog sledding
  • Scuba diving
  • K-9 Search and Rescue training for tracking, searching and urban disaster response

Instruction Experience

  • 5 1/2 years basic and advanced survival instructor at CFSSAT
  • Guest instructor at NATO winter survival course in Spatin, Norway, 2006 and 2009
  • Guest survival  instructor for SAR Tech pre-selection course in Jarvis Lake, Alberta
  • Instructor for NATO aircrew winter survival course in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Guest speaker for Manitoba Hydro’s safety conference spring 2009
  • Numerous mobile teaching teams (MTT’s) for air crew pre-deployment briefings prior to going over seas


  • Military Search and Rescue Technician
  • Spill Response Management
  • Small Craft Vessel Operator
  • Ground Search Manager
  • HPMA (Human Performance in Military Aviation) program coordinator
  • ACUC Open Water Diver
  • NAUI Advance and Rescue Diver
  • National Lifeguard
  • Wilderness first aid with CPR level C & A.E.D.
  • Oxygen theory
  • Manitoba Hunting Guide
  • Certified Master Dog Trainer

Professional Courses, Skills and Errata

  • High and low angle rope rescue
  • Search and Rescue diver
  • Parachutist (static line and freefall)
  • Jump Master (static line and freefall)
  • Survival Instructor
  • Escape and Evasion Instructor
  • Environmental Officer
  • Helicopter underwater egress
  • Junior leaders course
  • Arctic survival
  • Advanced SERE
  • Aeromedical training
  • Sea survival
  • Land survival
  • Ships diver
  • Winter Warfare Course
  • Fixed wing multi engine experience
  • Rotary wing experience
  • CASARA Spotter Training
  • Rigging for Rescue Course
  • Mountain and avalanche training and experience
  • Building a risk-smart organization Course
  • Defusing Hostility Course
  • Leading Diversity Course
  • Customer Service Course
  • Managing Projects for Results Course
  • Instructional Techniques Course
  • 17 years ER, OR, Coroner, and ambulance experience in ON, AB, BC, and MB