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WS - Wilderness Survival

A 40 Hour Course, within our 1005 Hour Program!

Wilderness Survival


Scot Taylor

Course Description

The focus of this course is on survival skills for the individual and for small and large groups. Students will learn a variety of skills in an outdoor setting or a semi-wilderness environment having access to few external resources. The purpose of the course is to help students realize that events may occur that require a survival plan which focuses on the maintenance of basic needs such as food, warmth and shelter. Achieving these basic needs can be learned using creative and thoughtful concepts from the available human resources, the environment and the limited tools and supplies available.


  • Individual and group values and behaviour
  • Signal fires
  • Emergency transport and evacuation
  • Fire kits
  • Fire lighting
  • Lashing techniques
  • Emergency food sources and preparation skills
  • Natural navigation
  • Shelter-building
  • Edible and medicinal plants (seasonal)
  • The seven enemies of survival

Intended Learning Outcomes:

The students will…

  • Learn a variety of skills in an outdoor wilderness environment
  • Learn to how to improvise
  • Develop and implement a survival plan for self and others
  • Learn to utilize the available resources
  • Increase awareness of environmental stressors

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