About Bushcraft Survival Australia
Bushcraft Survival Australia (BSA) is an outdoor bushcraft survival school which is dedicated to teaching genuine and authentic traditional and modern outdoor living skills through carefully designed educational courses.
Our well structured courses and workshops are designed to span a range of specialist knowledge and skill sets, from the priorities of basic survival, fire and shelter construction, water procurement methods and plant identification, right through to natural navigation, foraging and aboriginal cooking methods. This is done while always respecting and learning from the insights provided from indigenous wisdom.
We cater to suit all levels of experience: from the novice to the experienced outdoors person, as well as campers, fisherman, hikers, travellers, hunters, 4WD enthusiasts, bushcraft and survival enthusiasts, as well as the young and the old. In fact, anyone with a passion for the outdoors and the natural world.
There is a difference between survival training and bushcraft.
Survival training is primarily equipment focussed and was designed to teach our military personnel (in the shortest possible time) a variety of necessary skills to enable them to survive in a remote or hostile environment, long enough to be rescued or to get out of that emergency situation (usually 72 hours) and back to safety in the fastest way possible. Survival skills are important skills to know for anyone who spends time out in nature or any activity or work that takes them “off the beaten track”.
Bushcraft on the other hand focuses on maximum use of knowledge and skills with “minimal” reliance on equipment. Bushcraft is the parent skill that all survival training comes from and is far more encompassing and includes a much greater variety of disciplines such as shelter-craft, fire-craft, botany, zoology, butchery, natural navigation, bind-craft, tool making, wood carving, fishing, tracking, hunting and trapping, plant identification, edible and medicinal plant knowledge, water procurement techniques and wilderness cooking to name a few.
Bushcraft draws from the knowledge and skills that indigenous cultures across the world have used to survive and live comfortably in the wilderness for thousands of years.
You will be taught a mix of both these disciplines from our small friendly team of well trained and passionate instructors who will ensure a rewarding and friendly learning environment. We provide an emphasis on teaching rather than just instruction. This provides the opportunity for real skill and knowledge acquisition and personal development. The invaluable life skills you will learn on a Bushcraft Survival Australia course will help to instil self-confidence and help you to become more self-reliant.
More than just survival skills
Our outdoor campfire classroom and expedition style camp provides an empowering and enlightening immersion into nature, which helps our students to re-connect with the natural world while on their journey to becoming more self-reliant.
As well as important survival and bushcraft skills, we teach students how to actually live in the bush and look after themselves in a holistic way, teaching you how to manage water and your personal hygiene and toilet etiquette use a camp latrine properly and how to ethically and responsibly dispose of your toilet paper so this is no trace you were there.
Established in 2016, Bushcraft Survival Australia is new to the Australian Bushcraft Survival scene. Our carefully designed bushcraft and wilderness survival courses are set in a variety of different landscapes within Australia, ranging from the east coast of NSW to the top end of the Northern Territory.
Bushcraft Survival Australia is also proud to be affiliated with The Pathfinder School of the USA.
The skills learnt are fun and interesting in their own right
We never know when we may be placed in a lost or stranded situation for which we have not planned. 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. Unfortunately a great number of people only see learning survival skills as something “they need to learn just in case something goes wrong” and don’t realise that a lot of the skills learnt in survival training and bushcraft, are fun and interesting in their own right and instil a deep respect for the environment.
Senior Instructor & Links to our Videos
Gordon has trained at and completed numerous courses and certifications at some of the world’s leading bushcraft and survival schools. He is a survival instructor in Norforce, an Australian Army Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU). This Unit conducts long range patrols in the remote wilderness areas of Northern Australia, working closely with Aboriginal communities.
You can read more about Gordon here.