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Fundamental Module 2

Bushcraft Survival course
Fundamental Module 2

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

Expand your skills

The 4 Day Fundamental Module 2 Bushcraft Survival Course picks up from where Fundamental Module 1 left off. Expanding on the fundamental survival skills, you will extend your skill base as we gradually wean you off modern skills and equipment and introduce you to natural resources and the traditional skills used in bushcraft.

This course can also be delivered to school students who have already completed Fundamental Module 1.

Like our Module 1 course, you will be taught using a mix of relevant theory and practical bushcraft skills, all centered around our camp-fire classroom.

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.

Build confidence and self reliance

This Module 2 course will help you to move away from a dependence on modern equipment and increase your ability to make use of natural resources to meet your needs, allowing you to become more self confident and self-reliant.

You will start off by revising some of the fundamental skills taught on our level 1 course then we will move on and introduce you to a wider range of topics and traditional techniques using natural resources.

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

PRE-REQUISITES
Participants must have attended a Bushcraft Survival Australia Fundamental Module 1 Course within the past 18 months and have revised and be across these skills.

You will learn:

  • Revision of the Module 1 core skills
  • Australian environmental hazards
  • Natural shelters and bed construction
  • Traditional fire lighting techniques (flint and steel, bow drill)
  • Natural tinder selection
  • Fire management
  • Natural cordage using plant fibres and inner barks
  • Improvised water filters
  • Campcraft
  • Introduction to carving
  • Introduction to snaring and trapping
  • Preparing small game
  • Edible and useful plants of the local area
  • Wilderness fishing techniques (depending upon venue)
  • Traditional cooking methods
  • Natural navigation

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.

This course can cater to school groups.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Price: Available on enquiry. Group discounts are available.
Minimum age: Year 7 students
Inclusions: 4 full days and 3 nights of instruction fully qualified instructors. All food and beverages, land use fees and insurance.
Group size: 20 students and 2 teaching staff
Course meeting time: 9:00am on Day 1
Course finish time: 5.00pm on Day 4

Duration: 3 days, 3 nights
Price: $965 (adult), $482.50 (child)
Minimum age: 12 years (participants under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult)
Inclusions: 3 full days and nights of instruction from fully qualified instructors, all food and beverages, land use fees and insurance
Number of places: 15
Course start time: 5.00pm on Day 0
Course finish time: 3.00pm on Day 5

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 Fundamental Module 2 Courses
Date Course Venue Subject to change Booking
11/06/24 - 15/06/24 Fundamental Module 2 (4 days) Nannup, WA Book Now
27/07/24 - 31/07/24 Fundamental Module 2 (4 days) Darwin, NT Book Now
05/09/24 - 09/09/24 Fundamental Module 2 (4 days) Ingham, North QLD Book Now
08/10/24 - 12/10/24 Fundamental Module 2 (4 days) Wangaratta, VIC Book Now
19/11/24 - 23/11/24 Fundamental Module 2 (4 days) Coffs Coast, NSW Book Now

* NOTE: Priority is given to bookings on the Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 course. If you would like to book on the Module 2 only, please email us and you will be advised when a space is available.

Upcoming Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 Courses
Date Course Venue Subject to change Booking
08/06/24 - 15/06/24 Combined Fundamental Module 1 & 2 (7 days) Nannup, WA Book Now
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