Weekend Shelter Building Course - Open to All aged 17 and over - No Previous experience required
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".
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?
How to perform a risk assessment
How to make the most out of your locality (with regards to resources)
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.
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.
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.
Course Equipment, Site Directions and Timings
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 as well as a torch. 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.
Why Choose Trueways?
There are many people on the internet offering Survival and Bushcraft courses, so before you part with your money for a course that may be 6 months or more away, make sure you are confident the course will actually go ahead.
We have been providing courses since 2005
We are a Limited company registered with companies house
We have a direct office phone number you can call if something goes wrong (beware of companies with only mobile numbers or no number).
We have full £10m customer liability insurance
Check the course start times - We don't start courses at 5pm and call that a day
All our sites are risk assessed yearly.
We have a selection of instrcutors all with a weath of experience.
Providing our courses is not just a hobby for Trueways, it's a passion and our business.
All our courses offer survival and outdoor preparation courses to suit any taste or any level of experience. They 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.
Our 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.
To book this course pick your perfered date at the top of the page and click the buy it now button or for more information call 0800 043 0832
Selection of photos from the Trueways Advanced Survival Shelter Building Course