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, foraging for water and food, fire and shelter construction right through to natural navigation, aboriginal cooking methods and other traditional skills. 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-man, 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, butchery, natural navigation, bind-craft, tool making, 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.
Our outdoor campfire classroom 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.
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.
Every year we will be looking to host one of these world renowned teachers as a guest instructor in Australia, teaching one of their programs or one of ours.”
The skills learnt are fun and interesting in their own right
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 instill a deep respect for the environment.
Senior Instructor – Gordon Dedman
Over the past 15 years Gordon has pursued his passion for bushcraft and survival and its many related areas and skill sets, through education via an extensive list of courses, both military and civilian, and practice of skills in a wide variety of countries worldwide.
He has had the opportunity to train at and complete numerous bushcraft survival courses at some of the leading schools in the world, such as Dave Canterbury’s Pathfinder School (USA), Paul Kirtley’s Frontier Bushcraft School (UK), Ray Mears Woodlore Bushcraft School (UK), Lofty Wiseman’s Trueways Survival School (UK), Bushlore Australia Wilderness School (QLD) and Bob Cooper’s Outback Survival School (WA).