S U R V I V A L  1

living in the forest


The Survival 1 program is our starting point for those interested in true self sufficiency in the wild. 'Minimalist camping' is one good way of looking at the basic combination of nomadic culture skills and modern emergency training methods that make up a plan for survival in any situation. Conducted in temperate forest terrain, we will cover the basic considerations of shelter, fire starting, water procurement & filtration, snares & traps, emergency first aid in the field, improvised navigation and rescue signalling within the first three days. We then look at more advanced techniques such as skinning, tool manufacturing (knapping) and animal tracking as well as the psychology of survival, physiological difficulties when dealing with heat and cold, bladed survival tools and a host of other subjects. The final 36 hours of the course is spent in a 'solo' environment where each student is sent of to a new area on their own to put it all into practice.





ENV02   Demonstrate an understanding of temperate forest environment, ecology and topography


Survival Skills

SUR01   Construct an improvised shelter.

SUR02   Locate & obtain water using a variety of improvised methods

SUR03   Demonstrate water purification methods

SUR03   Start a fire using a variety of improvised methods

SUR04   Interpret the ‘nutritional ladder’

SUR05   Utilise the ‘taste test’ to determine if a material is edible

SUR06   Select & use knives & bladed survival tools

SUR07   Construct traps & snares using a variety of materials

SUR08   Demonstrate emergency signalling techniques

SUR09   Demonstrate improvised navigation techniques

SUR10   Demonstrate improvised first aid techniques

SUR11   Demonstrate skinning techniques

SUR12   Demonstrate knapping techniques

SUR13   Construct tools from natural materials

SUR14   Demonstrate knots and lashings for survival purposes


Tracking Skills

TRK01   Identify sign


Equipment / Clothing

EQU02   Select appropriate clothing & equipment for temperate forest travel



NAV01   Interpret topographic maps and map features

NAV03   Interpret map grid systems (MGRS, UTM, Lat. / Long.)

NAV04   Determine positions as grid references (4, 6, 8 & 10 Figure & Lat. / Long. positions)

NAV06   Interpret contour lines and contour intervals

NAV16   Demonstrate celestial navigation techniques



PHY01   Identify and manage cold induced injuries (frostbite, open air hypothermia and immersion hypothermia / diuresis) and snow environment injuries (snow blindness, dehydration, sun / windburn)

PHY02   Identify and manage heat induced injuries (heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration)



5 days and 4 nights in the field.



No prior experience is required. Candidates will be sent pre course learning material (upon booking) either in hard copy, word.doc or Adobe PDF format.



Survival 1 Certificate listing units covered on the course.


Cost per person


Group discounts may apply



All equipment, pre and mid course training resources, Survival Field Course handbook, all course food and transport ex Katoomba


Instructor / Student Ratio



Next Course(s)

January 2006



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