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Dr John Leach

Bushcraft Survival Australia presents
Dr John Leach

A Bushcraft Survival Australia exclusive presentation

Bushcraft Survival Australia is excited to announce that we will be hosting Dr John Leach to present a talk on survival psychology.

Dr John Leach

Dr John Leach is visiting Senior Research Fellow in survival psychology with the Extreme Environments Research Group (University of Portsmouth). He holds a B.Sc (hons) in psychology (University of London) and a Ph.D in applied neurocognition (University of Lancaster) where he became lecturer and later director of studies for cognitive psychology.

His scientific research is into the cognitive and neurocognitive aspects of survival, human performance in extremis and particularly the process by which people perish under duress without reason. His research has been published in scientific and medical journals and his theory on dysexecutive survivor syndrome won the International Aerospace Medical Association Collins Award for 2013.

John Leach is also a qualified military SERE instructor (survival, evasion, resistance & extraction) undergoing practical training in forest, desert, jungle, arctic, polar and sea survival as well as escape, evasion and extraction. He qualified as a military instructor in conduct-after-capture and hostage survival in which he specialised for a number of years.

In 2003 he was recalled from university and posted to Iraq on active military service. Following his return he worked for six years with the Norwegian Armed Forces where he was able to combine his academic and military backgrounds as a SERE psychologist also holding visiting fellowships at both the Center for the Study of Human Cognition (University of Oslo) and the Royal Norwegian Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine.

John Leach is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was a pioneer in the development of high altitude diving techniques. This included leading an expedition to dive lakes above 18,000 ft in the Khumbu glacier area of Everest. He qualified as both a military diver and a mixed-gas saturation diver.

He has climbed in the Himalaya, Tien Shan region and South American Andes and was recently part of a team conducting scientific studies in north west Mongolia with the University of Ulaan Bataar.

Sunday 7th April, 11am (1 hour talk)
Presentation under the Bushcraft Survival Australia parachute.
Free event (with purchase of Off Grid Festival ticket).

Tuesday 9th April, 9.30am (2-3 hour talk)
Purchase tickets using the link below.


Wangaratta only – Tea, coffee and fresh water will be available, and you are welcome to stay for a light lunch after the presentation.


Price: $50
Meeting time: 9.30am

Please note: You will be provided with the exact location (just outside Wangaratta, VIC) after purchasing your ticket. It is your own responsibility to get to/from the meeting point.

The presentation will be held outdoors, under a parachute in a bush venue. You will also need to walk a short distance along a bush track to get to the venue from the car parking.

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and location, and bring your own small camping chair and mug for tea/coffee. Drinking water will also be available.

This presentation will be taking place during a regular Fundamental Module 1 course. You will be joining with the course participants to participate in this special presentation.

Click on the button below to book your ticket via TryBooking.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made within 6 weeks of a course start date will be refunded less 10%
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of a course start date will be refunded less 25%
  • Cancellations made less than 48 hours before a course commences will be refunded less 50%

Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis