This is our most challenging 5 day UK Woodland Survival Course.
It is a continuation of our advanced courses and only open to people who have completed a Level 3 Course.
The Trueways 5 Day Advanced Level 4 Survival Skills course (open to 16+), in keeping with our philosophy of real skills for real situations, seeks to deliver sensible and appropriate survival training for general settings. This, 5 days course incorporates a scenario based assessment that lasts 4 days. Throughout the course there is formative assessment of the assimilation of skills and knowledge, with the final summative assessment seeks to build upon the skills taught. This is an opportunity to put into practice and demonstrate the skills that are acquired and results in a formal assessment being carried out by the instructor. The last day will be to refuel and debrief, take a look at how you performed on the scenario.
On completion of the assessment an instructor will formally assess your work and after deliberation and consultation with external validators you will receive a certificate and course report in the post. You will be graded as "satisfactory" - meaning you have been able to demonstrate the key skills and done what is necessary to stay alive and get rescued, or "not yet satisfactory" meaning you have a few areas of weakness that should be addressed before attempting the assessment phase again.
You will be expected to show proficiency in and tested on:
Protection from the elements:
Environmental medical (physiological and psychological effect of being too hot or too cold).
Understand and take care of your clothing.
Taking advantage of and improving pre-existing natural shelter (Caves, Hollow, Overhangs, Fallen Trees etc).
How to make a natural shelter to provide a safe place in the environmental conditions.
Natural bedding and insulation.
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.
Understanding the needs of fire reflectors and heating shelters.
Understanding the various methods of fire lighting.
Sourcing water and making it safe to use.
Problems in wild water and medical aspects (dangers of Seawater, Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion, Toxicity, Pathology).
Water Treatment and Storage.
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).
Survival Camp Craft and Routines:
Gear and equipment.
Safe use and best practice for knives, axes, saws, fire kits etc.
Making your own resources (cordage,containers,bedding etc).
Understanding your locality.
The 72 hour rule and how it applies to us.
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.
Natural navigation methods available during daylight.
AstroL Navigation and Sketch Maps.
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.
Billy Can or Cooking Pot.
Basha or Tarp.
Don't worry if you haven't got everything you need, we do hire the less common equipment which is typically a lot cheaper than buying.
Start and Finish Times:
All courses start at 10am on their start date and typically finish around 2pm 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 beforehand.
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.