Trueways Survival

  • £105.00

The Trueways Fire Lighting course (open to 16+) will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to light camp fires in the wilderness, no matter what the conditions.
Starting with matches and lighters we also work with ferrocerium rods, chemical ignition, solar and friction. We include all the principles that could help maintain life-saving fires the world over.
This course is open to all, no experience required.

You will be provided with a FREE quality LIGHT MY FIRE Firesteel to use during the day, which is yours to keep.

This course is designed to teach you essential fire-lighting skills in a safe and controlled manner, from understanding natural tinders to fire by friction bow drills and hand drills. How to safely situate your fire, in such a way to minimise damage to the environment is covered, as well as how to put it out and leave no trace. The course is enriched with the history of fire-lighting and essential tips and tricks on how to store tinder and source it even in the wettest of conditions. Each method will be demonstrated and you will get plenty of time to try them yourself - this is very much a hands-on course! How each fire-lighting method relates to different survival ordeals you face, is an important element in our course.

Our amazing woodland venue has an abundance of natural resources for lighting fires and you will significantly increase your ability to spot them. You might want to bring a thick kneeling mat and even a folding chair to make the day extra comfortable!
The course will give you practical, hands on experience. Covering the following subjects:

Dealing with burns outdoors.
How to respect fire and treat it as a dangerous but neutral event.
The Science of Fire.
How fire moves, stays lit and ‘breathes’.
How to get them lit and keep them lit.
The fire triangle and how this relates to camp fires.
How heat, fuel and oxygen work together to keep a fire going and how to spot which ones of these a fire is lacking.
Smoke – how to increase or decrease it and how to make signals.
Many ways to light a fire.
Natural and synthetic tinders, sparks, embers, coals, flames, kindling and larger fuel.
Feather sticks.
Birch bark.
Fire by friction, bow drill and hand drill.
Fire construction and types of wood.
To take part in this day course you will not need to purchase expensive kit, please bring the following:
Waterproof jacket & trousers (Your clothing should be suitable for the time of year).
Gloves (Autumn/Winter Courses).
Hat (Autumn/Winter Courses).
Sun Hat (Summer courses).
Sensible Footwear (Walking Boots are ideal).
1 Litre Drinking Water Bottle (Can be empty squash bottle).
Personal Hygiene Kit (wipes/toilet paper).
Pocket Notebook & Pencil.
Packed Lunch.
Tea/Coffee/Dried Milk/Sugar.
Please bring all of your kit contained in one rucksack.
Start and Finish Times This courses starts at 9.30am and will typically finish around 4.30pm.

Although it is possible to reach some of our training locations by public transport, by the very nature of the courses taught there is some necessity for remoteness with regard to many sites. Therefore, for some sites a taxi may be required for the final leg of your journey if you are not traveling by road. For those travelling by road, all training locations offer parking in some form. All courses are camp based, don't worry this is not a boot camp, there are no long hikes or mountains to climb we want you to have fun and learn.

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