Open to All aged 17 and over - No Experience Required
Following the same syllabus as our 2 Day Basic Course but with the advantage of developing some routines and added confidence through an extra night out in your shelter and much more time for hands-on practice at all the basics throughout.
This course provides an excellent introduction to and good grounding in all the principles and skills necessary to survive in the wilderness, and including the principles to be applied anywhere in the world. Covering shelter-building, fire, water, wild food, natural navigation skills, survival medical and psychology.
The 3 Day Basic Survival Course is designed for beginners who wish to learn from experts from scratch and those with some experience of the outdoors wishing to check their knowledge. This intensive course includes hands-on practical training for a variety of subjects, concentrating on ensuring the most important skills are developed. All other survival topics are introduced in principle and through discussion as a first step to future, more advanced courses. Attendees of this course should leave with a good grounding in survival principles and basic skills.
The benefits of the 3-day course is a more relaxed course phase and opportunity to perfect and hone the skills taught. There is also the perfect opportunity to put right the mistakes made on the first night, especially under poor weather and during the winter months
This course will cover the following subjects :-
Protection from the elements
Environmental medical (physiological and psychological affect of being too hot or too cold)
Understand and take care of your clothing
Taking advantage of and imporving pre-existing natural shelter (caves,hollow,overhangs,fallen trees etc)
Shelter building using a tarp, instulation and weather protection using natural materials and/or salvaged resources anywhere in the world
Fire Lighting and maintenance with flint and steel
Use of fire for heating and cooking
Signalling for rescue including standard internation signals and improvised techniques
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
Acuiring 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 practise for knives, axes, saws, fire kits etc
Making your own resources (cordage,containers,bedding etc)
Understaning your locality
Telling the time and direction from natural indicators
Safe techniques for crossing unknown countryside
Best routes to saftey
Day and Night signals
Passive and active signalling
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. Unlike some other schools a Trueways 3 Day survival course is three full days and two full night.
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.
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.