Load image into Gallery viewer, 2 DAY ADVANCED SHELTER BUILDING COURSE
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Trueways 2 Day advanced Shelter Building Course

Weekend Shelter Building Course - Open to All aged 17 and over - No Previous experience required

Course Overview

On this course, we dont just aim to survive, we aim to thrive.We dedicate the whole experience to improving your shelter building capabilities. We go through a whole range of shelters, to prepare you for whatever the wilderness weather throws at you. We start with clothing, whats appropriate and whats not.The right clothing. How to make a micro-climate, of your clothes. the layering principal. What really is waterproof.

We teach you, the benefits of different shelters, for different conditions.  From natural shelters, provided by our environment. Making shelters with natural materials, such as a debris shelter lean too, or a frame type, modern tarp configurations, leading to a "super shelter".

Course Syllabus

This course will cover the following subjects, but not limited to :-

Course Outline

The layering principal
Making a microclimate out of your clothes
Discuss different types of materials, including natural vs synthetic
What to wear? In which conditions?
Site location
How to perform a risk assessment
How to make the most out of your locality (with regards to resources)
Shelter types
We go over a number of different shelters and show which will provide the greatest protection from the sun, wind, rain, cold and insects.
Knowing how to get off the ground and create a dead air space, to avoid the process of conduction and convection.  This is vital to getting a good night’s sleep.
An "A' frame debris shelter will protect you from the wind and rain using natural resources from all around you. 

Again using natural resources when it is so cold it can't rain.  We teach the lean-to shelter paired up with the long fire and reflector. (As long as the user).
This natural shelter set up will keep you warm and toasty.
Ropework is an essential skill.  We will show you some basic "bush knots" and some that will comply with HSE legislation.
Knots you can rely on.
A basic Tarp/basha can be used in many complex configurations to provide space, comfort and protection.
Makeshift ‘buttons’ can be made using small stones to replace absent tie-holes or straps on a tarp or cover.
Super Shelter
Short of a log cabin and woodstove.  No wilderness shelter will keep you warmer in the extreme cold.
Based on the principles of radiation, refraction and reflection.

Using a simple tarp, mylar blanket and polythene sheet, again teamed up with a long fire and reflector wall.
In terms of weight, simplicity of set up and performance we don't believe any other semi-permanent shelter set up can compare.
Your vehicle
A broken-down vehicle in the wild can often be the start of your "survival situation". 
We don't believe any semi-permanent shelter will have the structural integrity of your vehicle.

At Trueways we don't just teach you to stay with your vehicle, we teach you how to use it.  We will show you how to insulate the windows to increase or decrease the temperature.  
Regulate the airflow with the doors. Using the seat filling as bedding. Using the carpets and roof lining as blankets.

Your vehicle has 1001 uses in survival with regards to shelter, fire, water, signalling and protection.  Time permitting at the end of the course, we will go over these.

To our knowledge, no other course provider offers this content on a shelter building course.  We have tried our best to deliver the best course in the country in terms of quality and quantity.  We think you will like it.

Why Choose Trueways? 

Trueways Survival offers survival and outdoor preparation courses to suit any taste or at any level of experience. Our courses are designed to take the beginner from those very first steps all the way to training in our Global Environments Training packages. Trueways is the only Survival School in the UK with the expertise capable of and offering training anywhere in the world using only their own staff. Let our experience provide you with Real Skills for Real Situations.

Trueways survival courses offer participants the opportunity to learn and practice the skills and techniques needed to survive without the comfort and convenience of four walls and a supermarket! As well as being highly fun and rewarding, these acclaimed courses are based upon the tried and tested methodology of Trueways most senior team member – none other than bestselling SAS Survival Expert John “Lofty” Wiseman, so everything that is taught, demonstrated and explained has the highest level of authority. Lofty Wiseman's is one of the world's foremost experts on survival. His teachings, including multi-million best selling book, 'The SAS Survival Guide' is used the world over as reference by everyday people and experts alike and can be found in 18 languages.

Standard Trueways kit list is required for this course This course also requires your first aid kit must the a "large" (can be out of date)
Spare clothes is also required in case of wet weather and to allow for Role play

Don't worry if you haven't got everything you need, we do hire the less common stuff which is typically a lot cheaper than buying.
Important Information
All courses start at 10am on their start date and typically finish around 4pm on the end date.

Recommended Kit
A full and complete equipment list will be provided along with specific directions once your booking is confirmed. However, as a minimum you will need to bring with you some basic kit such as; Waterproof jacket & trousers, suitable footware, knife, torch, billy can or cooking pot, drinking cup/mug and a water bottle. You will also need a sleeping bag, a bivi bag and a basha or tarp. Don't worry if you haven't got everything you need, we do hire the less common stuff which is typically a lot cheaper than buying. Click HERE to check out our hire page.

Start and Finish Times
All courses start at 10am on their start date and typically finish around 4pm on the end date.

Please do not bring any food as it will be provided for you, please let us know when you book the course if you have any dietary requirements, we can cater for all requirements as long as we know before hand.

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.



Kid's 3 Day Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant course and a great weekend with a very informative teacher

Wayne S

5 Day Basic to Advanced ⭐⭐⭐⭐
5 Day Basic to Advanced ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It's only by coming on such a course does one realize how ill prepared one is for surviving in the outdoors

The instructor was great - sharing practical skills & knowledge in an inclusive manner; giving us all the chance to practice our newly acquired skills ; I excelled at knots & fire starting

Perry L

Mountain Survival Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mountain Survival Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic course. Phenomenal staff, team and routes.

Adam T

5 Day Basic to Advanced Woodland Survival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5 Day Basic to Advanced Woodland Survival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I thoroughly enjoyed the course Andy and Amo were great and their experience showed. October 2020 was tough but a great time even when wet!!
I will take a lot away from this especially the psychological side. Mentally it is as tough as the physical but I can say I'll be back! I cannot recommend this course enough - if you want to be challenged and your willing to push yourself.
It teaches that giving up and giving in is not a option!

Stephen B

3 Day Kids
3 Day Kids' Advanced Survival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Our second year under Andy’s guidance and what a great adventure we had!
Absolutely fantastic time with my eight year old son and a small group of like minded dads and kids.
It was challenging for the kids and the assessments were hard but Andy helped them through and was keen engaging and above all patient!
Thanks to Trueways and particularly Andy for looking after us so well in these difficult times.

Dominic and Lawrence

Kid's Woodland Survival Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My survival enthusiastic 9 year old throughly enjoyed 2 days on Cannock Chase. All of the children responded well to excellent tuition from Andy who struck up a quick rapore. Excellent venue which is of interest from a historical perspective and made the night time treasure hunt a brilliant experience. Adults will learn things too and will stand your children in good stead if they go on to do DofE. Thanks for a great weekend.

James H