Trueways Survival

  • £299.00

The Trueways 3 Day Young Survivalist course, in keeping with our philosophy of real skills for real situations, delivers sensible and appropriate survival training for children aged 7+. This is a basic course intended to give some real skills to those attending. The teaching style is geared towards younger delegates and each must be accompanied by an adult. The price of this course includes one child and one adult, please only book a place for the child.

This course loosely follows the adult 2 day basic survival course but with shorter teaching periods and more social interaction by the children. Adults should expect to do some of the work and to supervise their children fully but remember that the course content and focus is on the children. Don't expect lots of adult standard theory or in-depth analysis, the focus is on teaching the children and keeping them safe.

The Trueways Young Survivalist course was featured in 'The 50 Best Active Days Out' guide from 'The Independent' newspaper. Trueways Survival School was the only survival & bushcraft school to make the grade, we were also featured in 'The Times' newspaper as one of "the best courses for aspiring Ray Mears", (their words not ours).

This course is very popular and can get booked up quickly, due to the nature of the course we are limited to 4 courses a year during the warmer months. Once the course dates are full they are removed from the website.

This course runs over 3 full days and 2 nightS, you will spend the nights in a shelter built by you and your child. We will cover the following subjects:

1) Protection.
Our incredible training area will give you unique insight and opportunity to practice how to successfully secure shelter and discover some of the key strategies you will need when you have to apply these skills ‘for real’.

Shelter building using a tarp - Your home for the evening.
Insulation and weather protection using natural materials.
Protection from the weather.
Priorities of Survival, Environmental Medical.
Taking advantage of and improving pre-existing natural shelter (Caves, Hollow, Overhangs, Fallen Trees etc).

2) Fire.
Mastering the art and the science of fire management is no easy task. Time spent developing confidence and competence in this skill set is a wise investment and will make the world of difference in your ‘survivability’.

Fire Lighting and maintenance with flint and steel.
Use of fire for heating and cooking.
Signalling for rescue including standard international signals and improvised techniques.

3) Water.
The ability to gather, process and store water is typically one of the most overlooked areas in survival training and yet one of the most vital skills to have.

Sourcing water and making it safe to use.
Water requirements.
Water sources.
Problems in wild water and medical aspects (Dangers of Seawater, Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion, Toxicity, Pathology).
Water treatment and storage.

4) Food.
Sourcing, processing and storing food in an wilderness environment brings with it a complex set of challenges.

Acquiring food from the wild.
Understanding our survival nutritional needs.
Medical problems from malnutrition and/or food imbalances.
Toxins and pathogens in wild food and avoiding them.
Flora (Food from plants, roots, tubers, seeds and fruit).
Fungi (Food from fungi, if available).

5) Survival Camp Craft and Routines.
Maintaining your equipment is an essential skills for anybody in the wild, learn best practices that you will remember for life.

Gear and equipment.
Survival Kits.
Safe use and best practise for knives, axes, saws, fire kits etc.
Making your own resources (cordage, containers, bedding etc).

6) Navigation.
Getting rescued is made easier when you can help yourself, astral or ground based this course covers them both.

Understanding your locality.
Telling the time and direction from natural indicators.
Safe techniques for crossing unknown countryside.
Best routes to safety.
Day and Night signals.
Passive and active signalling.

This busy course is ideal for any survival skills novice.

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.

Billy Can or Cooking Pot.
Drinking Cup/Mug and a Water Bottle.
Sleeping Bag.
Bivi Bag.
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.

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

Food is provided on all courses. There is no need for you to bring food with you. We can cater for all dietery requirements, please let us know at time of booking.

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.

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