5 day Basic to Advanced Survival Course


The 5 day Basic to Advanced Survival Course is an intensive survival skills course that takes you from the asics through to developing advanced skills and knowledge.

This course is suitable for the beginner and the more experienced alike and allows time to develop and practise all the techniques necessary for extended wilderness survival, including different shelter types, bushcraft skills, survival and expedition camp-craft.  

​It is an intensive course and includes hands-on practical training for a variety of subjects, concentrating on ensuring that the most important skills are developed. Other survival topics are introduced in principle by lectures, demonstrations and by practical hands on challenges.  As the course progresses, the newly learned survival skills are put to the test by finishing with a 36 hour expedition.  

The course is delivered by a our instructors who all have a military background.  

Itinerary Guide

The guide below provides a general description about the course but each course may not always be the same as will be dependent on the weather conditions at the time. 


DAY 1, DAY 2 and DAY 3


​The course begins at 9am on morning of day 1 where all taking part will meet the course instructors and other course delegates.  At this point checks will be done to make sure that all have the required items on the Kit List.  Pre-course information regarding equipment will be provided on booking the course.

Practical survival skills and campfire lectures

Days 1 and 2 include a combination of practical team-building survival skills; demonstrations and lectures around the campfire.  A variety of survival skills subjects will be covered over the course of the 2 days.  The following topics are introduced in principle and some are developed through practical sessions:Understanding human survival needs and prioritising the next steps​

  • The Importance of First Aid

  • Survival Psychology

  • The effects of injuries and casualties on the group survival situation

​Protection from the elements​

  • Environmental medical (physiological and psychological the affects of being too hot or too cold)

  • Understand and take care of your clothing

  • Taking advantage of and improving pre-existing natural shelter (caves, hollows, overhangs, fallen trees, etc).

  • Shelter building, bedding, insulation and weather protection using natural materials and/or salvaged resources anywhere in the world

  • Fire lighting and maintenance using any available method

​Signalling for rescue​

  • Standard international signals

  • Improvised techniques

Sourcing water and making it safer 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

​Acquiring food from the wilds​

  • 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)

  • Fauna (trapping, gathering or catching and preparing food from fish, fowl, game, insects and invertebrates)

​Survival camp craft and routines​

  • Gear and equipment

  • survival kits

  • safe use and best practice for knives, axes, saws, fire kits, etc.

  • Making your own resources (cordage, containers, bedding, etc)


  • Locally

  • Telling time and direction from natural indicators

  • Basic map and compass skills

  • Safe techniques for crossing unknown countryside

  • Safe river crossing techniques

  • Moving casualties

  • Best routes to safety

​Planning and Preparation for Emergencies​

  • Understanding international emergency services response

  • Discussing real life survival situations and their outcomes (learning from experience)


DAY 4 and DAY 5

Final Exercise… let’s just say you’ll be putting all your new found skills to good use!



Target Audience

This course is strictly limited to just 12 participants.The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in survival.Fitness level requirement - more information here.


On completion of the course you will receive an awarding certificate from SERE Squadron.

​Course Cost

​The cost of the course is £1,000 + VAT at the prevailing rate. 

For our next available course dates - please make an enquiry or complete our course booking form and we will contact you with full details of our next available courses.