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 survival (first-aid, clothing, shelter, fire, location, water, food, navigation) to traditional and indigenous skill sets using natural resources. This is done while always respecting and learning from the insights provided from traditional 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. Realistic survival training is based around the priorities of survival and what to do in what order (first-aid, clothing, shelter, fire, location, water, food and navigation). 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 subject that all survival training comes from and has a genuine direct relationship with the land and a deeper connection to nature. Bushcraft draws from the knowledge and skills that traditional cultures across the world have used to survive and live comfortably in the wilderness for thousands of years and includes a 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 and survival overlap in terms of their desire for self-reliance but move away from each other in their desire for connection and relationship to the natural world. They both have two different ethical standpoints. In practise we can move from one to the other as they have very similar skill sets but ethically and philosophically bushcraft and survival are different.
You will be taught a mix of both these perspectives 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 instil a deep respect for the environment.
Senior Instructor – Gordon Dedman
Gordon Dedman is the founder of Bushcraft Survival Australia (BSA), an outdoor bushcraft survival school dedicated to teaching genuine and authentic modern and traditional outdoor living skills through carefully designed educational courses.
Gordon is a former member of the Australian Army 1st Commando Regiment and is presently a survival instructor in NORFORCE, an Australian Army Reserve Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU). NORFORCE conducts patrols in the remote areas of Northern Australia, working closely with Aboriginal communities.
Gordon is also a Combat Survival SERE instructor (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) and regularly instructs on RAAF Combat Survival Training School Courses in North Queensland.
Gordon has trained at and completed numerous Survival and Bushcraft courses and certifications worldwide at leading schools run by Paul Kirtley (Frontier Bushcraft UK), Ray Mears (Woodlore Bushcraft UK), Dave Canterbury (Pathfinder School USA), Lofty Wiseman (Trueways Survival UK), Richard Hungerford (Bushlore Australia QLD) and Bob Cooper (Bob Cooper Outback Survival WA).
Gordon also works seasonally as an outdoor guide in the Northern Territory, taking
clients on camping expeditions into Kakadu and Arnhemland.