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Intermediate Module 3

Bushcraft Survival course
Intermediate Module 3

Delve further into traditional skills and natural resources

Extend your skill base

The Intermediate Module 3 Bushcraft Survival Course continues on from our Fundamental Module 2 course, further expanding on the various different areas of Bushcraft and traditional skills.

You will extend your skill base as we continue our departure and reliance on modern equipment and delve further into the world of traditional skills and natural resources.

Like our Module 1 and Module 2 courses, you will be taught using a mix of relevant theory and practical bushcraft skills.

This is a challenging course where you will apply the skills learnt in a realistic context.

You will learn to build and live in a natural group shelter, how to make natural bedding, extend your firelighting skills by learning bowdrill troubleshooting and how to source, make and use the hand drill. You will also make tools and camp apparatus such as rush mats, netting needles and nets, continue your natural cordage making abilities using different plant fibres and learn to plait and make rope. You will learn scout cooking using limited resources, learn how to make containers from natural materials and cook in them using hot rock boiling. You will also learn simple traps and trap engines, increase your knowledge of local edible and medicinal plants and navigate and travel using the sun and stars.

PRE-REQUISITES: Students attending this intermediate course must have already completed both BSA Fundamental Module 1 and Fundamental Module 2 and have revised and be across these skills.

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

Students attending this intermediate course must have already completed both BSA Fundamental Module 1 and Fundamental Module 2 and have revised and be across these skills.

You will learn:

  • Natural group shelters using different materials
  • Insulated beds from natural materials
  • Continuation of friction fire lighting techniques (hand drill)
  • Create camp tools and apparatus from natural materials
  • Improvised water containers from natural resources
  • Hot rock boiling and cooking
  • Travelling using natural navigation
  • Simple traps and trap mechanisms
  • Preparing small game (subject to location)
  • Foraging edible and useful plants of the local area
  • Traditional cooking methods
  • Wilderness fishing techniques (subject to location)
  • Fishing needle and net making

The 7 Day Module 3 Bushcraft Survival Course is run at our NSW (Coffs Coast) location and is conducted in natural surroundings. This course is conducted entirely outdoors in a natural wilderness setting, helping our students to re-connect with the natural world on their journey to becoming more self-reliant.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.


This course is conducted in the field and on the move. You will be constructing and living in own natural shelter for the week and taking care of your own field hygiene, including building a camp latrine.


All meals will be provided on the course. Each evening you will be provided with ingredients and resources that you will prepare and cook as instructed, using a mix of traditional and scout cooking methods. One of your meals may involve you having to respectfully and ethically kill, prepare and cook small game.

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. Unless you are allergic/intolerant, you will be expected to adapt your diet while on course and cook 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 is a challenging, intermediate level course where you will be pushed beyond your comfort zone. You will need a good level of health and fitness in order to complete all the required tasks. There will be long days, late nights and you will be on your feet a lot of the time.

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)
Minimum age: 18 years
Inclusions: 7 full days and nights of instruction from fully qualified instructors, all food and beverages, land use fees and insurance
Number of places: 12
Course start time: 5.00pm on Day 0
Course finish time: 5.00pm 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 Intermediate Module 3 Courses
Date Course Venue Subject to change Booking
21/05/24 - 28/05/24 Intermediate Module 3 (7 days) Coffs Coast, NSW Fully booked
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