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Fundamental Module 1 & 2

Bushcraft Survival course
Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2

Our courses are conducted entirely outdoors from an expedition style base camp in natural surroundings

Combined Module 1 & 2 course

This 7 day course combines both our Fundamental Module 1 and Fundamental Module 2 courses together and is for those that have the time to complete them both back to back. The two courses within this 7 day combined course are modularised so they can both be done separately.

This is a long course, so if you are not used to spending long period of time in the bush, under 16 or of insufficient fitness we advise that you do module 1 and 2 separately.

Survival

Primarily equipment focused and originally 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

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,

The Difference

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.

Please see the individual course pages below for full details of each modulated course and what is contained in the equipment and clothing lists.

Fundamental Module 1 course page

Fundamental Module 2 course page

Accomodation

This course is run entirely outdoors from an expedition style base camp, and you will either be sleeping in your own camping equipment that you will bring (see clothing and equipment list) or in the emergency shelter you will build yourself.

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.

Food

Each evening you will be provided with ingredients and resources that you will prepare and cook as instructed, using traditional cooking methods. One of your meals will involve you having to respectfully and ethically kill, prepare and cook small game. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fresh water, as well as a fruit bowl will also be provided at the base camp.

Whilst we try to cater for most dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant etc.), we cannot cater for lifestyle choices or ultra fussy eaters due to the remote nature of our courses. You can supplement the provided food with your own snacks/food, but unless you are allergic/intolerant, you will be expected to eat the food supplied, as this provides in-context learning. After all, this is a bushcraft/survival course, not a wellness retreat and in a real survival situation you eat what you have or you go without!

Ideally, each student should have their own equipment to complete the required deliverable tasks as well as for future use, however we recognise that some of the items might be difficult to obtain. Taking this into account, some items can be provided by Bushcraft Survival Australia for you to use and return in good order at the end of the course.

Take a look at the complete Equipment and Clothing list for detailed information on what you need to bring for the course.

Students will be charged for any damaged or missing equipment.

Bushcraft and survival training is closely intertwined with nature, the sun, stars, natural resources and the weather. There is no electricity. Therefore modern 40 hour week timetables you are used to need to be adapted.

Lessons will be taught both day and night and at unusual hours to accommodate nature, natural daylight hours and traditional cooking times using fire and natural resources. Some lessons and activities will take longer than others and some are sun and weather dependent so you need to remain flexible as things don’t always go to plan.

Traditional cooking using fire takes time so we will generally cook at night so we can maximize daylight hours for other tasks and activities so evening mealtimes might be later than you may be used to. There are a lots of skills to be learnt on this course so expect long days and later nights than you may be used to.

This course held in an expedition style camp, entirely outdoors. 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.

Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat!

View frequently asked questions on our dedicated FAQ page.

If your question is not answered on the FAQ page, please contact us.

A photo gallery for every course can be found on the Bushcraft Survival Australia Facebook Page and the BSA Graduates Facebook page.

Duration: 7 days, 7 nights
Price: $1695 (adult), $847.50 (child)
This is a savings of $100 for booking the combined course instead of individual courses
Minimum age: 12 years (participants under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult)
Inclusions: 7 full days and nights of instruction from fully qualified instructors, all food and beverages, land use fees, insurance and your own Morakniv bushcraft knife to keep
Number of places: 15
Course start time: 5.00pm on Day 0
Course finish time: 3.00pm on Day 7

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.

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

Upcoming Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 Courses
Date Course Venue Subject to change Booking
28/03/24 - 04/04/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Wangaratta, VIC Book Now
08/04/24 - 15/04/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Wangaratta, VIC Book Now
04/05/24 - 11/05/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Coffs Coast, NSW Fully booked
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24/07/24 - 31/07/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Darwin, NT Book Now
02/09/24 - 09/09/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Ingham, North QLD Book Now
05/10/24 - 12/10/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Wangaratta, VIC Fully booked
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16/11/24 - 23/11/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Coffs Coast, NSW Book Now