1 Day Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course

Survival Shelter

We never know when we may be placed in a lost or stranded situation for which we have not planned, a disaster situation without electricity or an urban crisis that takes us out of our comfort zone. Many people do not consider ‘what could go wrong’ and are, therefore, unprepared both mentally and physically for such a situation. This, in turn, can leave them poorly equipped to deal with a challenge of this type. The better prepared people are, the less affected and vulnerable they will feel, helping them to react properly and make better decisions when they need to.

Whether you are a hiker, bush walker, camper, cyclist, skier, kayaker, 4WD enthusiast or anyone who works in the outdoors or ventures into remote areas, basic survival and bushcraft skills can save your life!

Our one day Survival Essentials course is designed to teach you the key survival techniques in case of emergency in both a wilderness environment or an urban one and is a great introduction into the core skills of bushcraft and our other courses.

The fundamental difference between survival and bushcraft training is that survival training is centred around an emergency situation whereas bushcraft is not.

The two skill sets are essentially the same, they each just have a different focus.

Bushcraft is the more encompassing parent subject that all survival training comes from with survival training concentrating on just the essential skills (physical and mental) needed to deal with a crisis or emergency situation with the primary aim of being rescued or returning to an area of safety.

The skills taught on the 1 Day Survival Essentials course will develop confidence, keep you safe and increase your overall competence level.

Even if you never find yourself in a survival situation, the knowledge and skills of bushcraft and survival training, which are also applicable in an urban environment, are fun and interesting in their own right and will enhance all your outdoor experiences and develop a deeper respect for nature.

Carefully chosen fundamental skills are taken from our more in depth 3 Day Basic Course and condensed into one full action packed day of hands on survival skills training held in the bush around our outdoor campfire classroom, beginning at 8:30am and finishing at 5:00pm.

You will learn skills gleaned from both military survival concepts and up to date civilian search and rescue concepts.

Our qualified instructors are trained in both military survival and in civilian survival, holding qualifications from some of the top survival and bushcraft schools worldwide.

 Our teaching methodology is very structured. Concepts are explained, demonstrated then you get to practise what you have been shown, culminating in a survival activity/scenario at the end of the day. There are also many timed deliverables where you will have an allocated period of time to perform given tasks. This adds an element of pressure to certain tasks to help simulate some of the stresses that could be encountered in a real situation.

The baseline skills you will be taught on this course are the most important and immediately retainable. They cover a range of concepts and techniques centred around the Priorities of Survival: shelter, fire, water, rescue, food, navigation and essential equipment.

1 Day Survival & Emergency Preparedness

Course Syllabus

- Priorities of Survival and the rule of 3’s: there are certain things you have to take care of and prioritise in an emergency, these are not set in stone but are dependent on the particular situation and the environment.

- Survival psychology: emergency situations are not just physical! 60% of most survival and emergency situations are mental and dependent upon your ability to think clearly, act under pressure and maintain a positive mental attitude when the chips are down.

- Essential Equipment and clothing: what to wear and pack in a day pack in case you have to spend an unplaned night in the bush.

- Proper planning and home preparedness: what can you do to prepare yourself for an emergency or crisis in an urban environment.

- Knife safety and usage

- Shelter: heat loss/gain mechanisms, where to site your shelter and where not to, three simple and retainable knots, emergency shelter construction using man made and natural resources

- Fire: selection and preparation of natural tinders, kindling and fuel, core fire lighting techniques including correct ferro rod use, correct safe fire management and how to ‘leave no trace’.

- Water: how to find and source water, the five water contaminants, making water safe to drink through filtration and purification.

- Rescue: essential safety equipment, passive and active signalling methods to attract attention, why things are seen, search patterns

- Food: although this is the last priority in a short term survival situation, you will learn some useful plants of the local area.

- Simple retainable navigation techniques to find direction.


This course is run at both our NSW and NT locations and is conducted in natural surroundings from an outdoor expedition style base camp. The outdoor campfire classroom provides an enlightening immersion into nature, helping our students to re-connect with the natural world on their journey to becoming more self-reliant. The outdoor setting provides a wonderful wilderness experience.

All course locations have parking available and are ‘reasonably’ accessible via public transport.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.


No prior training or experience is necessary to attend this course, you will be taught everything from scratch you need to know. This course is great as an introduction to the fields of bushcraft and survival or as a refresher for the more experienced.


Depending on venue, it will have limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience as well as teaching you essential outdoor toilet etiquette and how to leave no trace. You will be taught how to wash with limited water and stay clean in the bush. Our measures are low-impact and environmentally friendly.

Catering & Food

All food for the day will be provided. If you have any allergies or intolerances you will have an opportunity to let us know upon booking. Tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh water, as well as a fruit bowl will also be provided at the base camp. Whilst we do cater for most dietary needs within reason - vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc, we do not cater for ultra fussy eaters which adds extra time to cooking meals when cooking over an open fire.  After all, this is a bushcraft/survival course, not a wellness retreat and in a real situation you eat what you have or you go without!

Equipment and Clothing List

Click on this Equipment and Clothing List for a detailed list of what else you will need to bring for the course.

For more details on some of the items visit our blog 12 Essential items people should have with them when they venture outdoors. Additionally click through to view our Equipment for 24 Hour and Multi Day Pack on the BSA Youtube Channel.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions that might help you with your plans.

Clothing and Equipment

A suggested clothing and equipment list is provided (see clothing and equipment list). You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a whole new kit. Purchase the nearest and most affordable equivalents you can find if you don’t already have them. However with some items, what you pay for is what you get!

Food & Beverages

Most of our courses are fully catered however some of our more advanced courses will be self-catered. Please see individual course descriptions.

Even when food is provided, you will still be involved with the preparation and cooking of certain meals.

The camp billy/kettle will always be on the boil in our campfire classroom so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. The food we provide you with will be more than adequate, but you are welcome to bring your own extra “jack rats” (snacks) if you wish.

Dietary Requirements

Should you have any specific dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc) or food intolerances, please let us know when you fill out your course enrolment form so that we may be able to arrange appropriate food for you.

Other than the food provided for you on the course we also suggest that you bring your own specific snack food such as wheat, gluten or dairy free energy bars, biscuits etc..

Living from the land                          

Our basic courses are fully catered with some tasting of wild foods when available. Our more advanced courses however will require you to hunt, gather and cook for yourself. Please see individual course descriptions for further information.


All our courses are run entirely outdoors, and you will be camping out, either in your own camping equipment, equipment provided or in the shelters you have constructed from nature. For further information please see individual course descriptions.

Toilet & Shower Facilities

Learning how to live comfortably, efficiently, hygienically and environmentally responsibly in the bush is a very important discipline and something that is sadly lacking in our society today. Being able to  keep comfortably clean in the bush using minimal water, using  a bush latrine, sanitising correctly and safely burning  your “tail tinder” (toilet paper) so there is no trace are some of the things we instil in our students.
Our courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly. Please see individual course descriptions.


Courses will go ahead regardless of weather (unless it’s a catastrophic event) so as to help you to adapt to any situation. In wet weather we will try to keep everyone as sheltered as possible and activities maybe altered to accommodate various conditions.

Health & Fitness 

You will need a reasonable level of health and fitness to maximise your participation and enjoyment of the course. In the weeks leading up to your course we recommend you do several walks over uneven terrain to ensure your boots and backpack containing your gear (approximately 10-15kg) fit correctly. There are late nights, early mornings and you will be on your feet a lot of the time. Whilst catering is provided, it is simple food and mealtimes will be subject to change due to the nature of the course. Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat! 


No alcohol or illegal drugs are to be brought to the course. Participants found possessing these items will be taken off the course without refund.


A confidential medical questionnaire will be given as part of the enrolment process and staff should be advised of any personal medications that need to be taken. Participants are responsible for their own administration of personal medications.

First Aid

All our staff are first aid trained and a well stocked first aid kit will be accessible at all times at the main camp.


All Bushcraft Survival Australia activities are conducted in a safe and controlled manner and have been fully risk assessed with a risk management program being followed at all times. Emergency communications and safety vehicles are on site at all times. Prior to the commencement of the course, all participants will receive a full safety brief.

Liability/Participant Consent Form

A liability/participant consent form is required to be signed by all participants prior to the commencement of each course. This form will be sent to you along with your joining instructions once you book your course.

Age Limits

We have a lower age limit of 18 years on most of our courses, except for our junior course, however juniors above the age of 14 are welcome on adult courses as long as they are accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult participant. Please see individual course descriptions for age limits on specific courses. There is no ceiling on the age limit as long as you are in good physical health. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before booking.

Course Locations

We run courses in various locations. The area the course is held will be indicated within the individual course description. Once you have booked a course we will send you a joining instruction and directions to the course meeting point.

Coffs Coast (NSW)

Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property (Gumbainggar aboriginal land) in stunning coastal bushland between the towns of Nambucca Heads and Macksville on the mid north coast of NSW.

The nearest airport is Coffs Harbour which is about a 45 minute drive away.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with no public amenities. A latrine and canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available on private property nearby.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

 Darwin (NT)

Our Darwin Courses are held at the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs, about 45 minutes drive from Darwin.
The courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with limited amenities a short walk through the bush. A latrine in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available within the park itself.
Public transport from Darwin to Berry Springs is not available, please contact us if you require travel assistance to the park.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed

 Sydney (NSW)

Our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held in bushland behind Ingleside Scout Camp, Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, not too far from Mona Vale road.

Ingleside Scout Camp backs directly onto beautiful Kuringai Chase National Park.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with basic amenities being accessible via a short walk through the bush. Parking is available at the front of the scout camp.

Public Transport does run along Mona Vale Rd but it is easier if we collect you from Mona Vale which is about 10 minutes drive away.

Specific directions and details will be provided once your booking is confirmed.


Our courses are conducted on private property with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within these private areas a few hundred meters from the main camp, however we advise that you don’t leave any valuable personal belongings in the vehicle.

Payment and Booking

The best way for you to book on one of our courses is to find the course you wish to book and click on the Booking Tab. This will take you to our secure online Paypal booking page and all you have to do is follow the easy steps to book online.

Once we receive your booking, we will send you a joining instruction, participant consent form and pre-course information.

Mobile phones

There is varied mobile reception available at all of our course locations, however we ask you to consider other members of the group and be discreet as many participants attend to get away from the technological distractions that surround us. Mobile phone use will not be allowed during lectures and demonstrations, however the occasional picture on a camera phone is acceptable.

Battery Charging

You will need to bring your own charging device (eg. power bank) for your phone/torch, etc.


1 Day Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course Coffs Coast 6th June 2021


Booking: 1 Day Survival Essentials Course

Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 5:00pm)
Price: $210 (adult) $105 (child)
Minimum age: 12 (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Included: one full day of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees, insurance.
Number of places: 15

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations will incur a 10% fee to cover booking and administration costs (unless due to COVID-19 related issues).
Cancellations made less than 48 hours before a course commences will result in a 50% forfeit (unless due to extenuating circumstances).
Cancellations made due to COVID-19 related issues will either be fully refunded or a credit applied to the next suitable course.
Any cancellations made by Bushcraft Survival Australia will either be fully refunded or a credit applied to the next suitable course.


**If the course you are interested in is fully booked, email: enquiries@bushcraftsurvivalaustralia.com.au if you’d like to be added to the waiting list**

No courses currently planned.

Upon making your booking you will receive a link to the participant consent form, which must be filled out and returned immediately, along with other documentation about what to bring and where to go.