Fundamental Module 2 Bushcraft Survival Course

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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.

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.

Fundamental Module 2

Course Syllabus

You Will Learn:

- Revision of the Level 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

Locations

The Fundamental Mod 2 Bushcraft Survival Course is run at our NSW, Victoria, QLD and NT locations, and is conducted in natural surroundings from an outdoor expedition style base camp. The outdoor campfire classroom provides an enlightening immersion into nature, helping our students to re-connect with the natural world on their journey to becoming more self-reliant. The outdoor setting provides a wonderful wilderness experience.

All course locations have parking available and are ‘reasonably’ accessible via public transport.

Darwin (NT)

Our Darwin Courses are held at the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs, about 45 minutes drive from Darwin.
The courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with limited amenities a short walk through the bush. A latrine in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available within the park itself.
Public transport from Darwin to Berry Springs is not available, please contact us if you require travel assistance to the park.

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

Sydney (NSW)*

Our Sydney Courses are held in bushland behind Ingleside Scout Camp, Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, not too far from Mona Vale road. Ingleside Scout Camp backs directly onto beautiful Kuringai Chase National Park.
The courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with basic amenities being accessible via a short walk through the bush. A latrine in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available at the front of the scout camp.
Public Transport does run along Mona Vale Rd but it is easier if we collect you from Mona Vale which is about 10 minutes drive away.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.
*1 Day Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course, 2 Day Junior/Family Bushcraft Survival Course and Fundamental Module 1 Bushcraft Survival Australia (3-day) Course only

Coffs Coast (NSW)

Our Coffs Coast Courses are held  in stunning coastal bushland near the town of Nambucca Heads on the mid north coast of NSW.
The nearest airport is Coffs Harbour which is about a 45 minute drive away.
The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with no public amenities. A latrine and canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available on private property nearby.
Limited public transport is available from Coffs Harbour (TBC).

Specific directions and details will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Victoria

Courses will be held in the vicinity of Beechworth and Heathcote, with exact locations soon to be announced.

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

North Queensland

Courses will be held about 40 minutes drive north of Townsville, near Paluma Forest.

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

Prerequisites

Participants must have attended a 3 Day Fundamental Module 1 Course with Bushcraft Survival Australia or have previous experience to an equivalent level (e.g. a course from another reputable school)

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.

Depending on venue, it will have limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower 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.

Catering and Food

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 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.

Equipment and Clothing List

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Click on this Equipment and Clothing List for a detailed list of what else you will need to bring for the course.

For more details on some of the items visit our blog 12 Essential items people should have with them when they venture outdoors. Additionally click through to view our Equipment for 24 Hour and Multi Day Pack on the BSA Youtube Channel.

Course Timings

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.

Health & Fitness 

Even though this is a static course held in an expedition style camp, 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!

FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions that might help you with your plans.

Clothing and Equipment

A suggested clothing and equipment list is provided (see clothing and equipment list). You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a whole new kit. Purchase the nearest and most affordable equivalents you can find if you don’t already have them. However with some items, what you pay for is what you get!

Food & Beverages

Most of our courses are fully catered however some of our more advanced courses will be self-catered. Please see individual course descriptions.

Even when food is provided, you will still be involved with the preparation and cooking of certain meals.

The camp billy/kettle will always be on the boil in our campfire classroom so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. The food we provide you with will be more than adequate, but you are welcome to bring your own extra “jack rats” (snacks) if you wish.

Dietary Requirements

Should you have any specific dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc) or food intolerances, please let us know when you fill out your course enrolment form so that we may be able to arrange appropriate food for you.

Other than the food provided for you on the course we also suggest that you bring your own specific snack food such as wheat, gluten or dairy free energy bars, biscuits etc..

Living from the land                          

Our basic courses are fully catered with some tasting of wild foods when available. Our more advanced courses however will require you to hunt, gather and cook for yourself. Please see individual course descriptions for further information.

Accommodation

All our courses are run entirely outdoors, and you will be camping out, either in your own camping equipment, equipment provided or in the shelters you have constructed from nature. For further information please see individual course descriptions.

Toilet & Shower Facilities

Learning how to live comfortably, efficiently, hygienically and environmentally responsibly in the bush is a very important discipline and something that is sadly lacking in our society today. Being able to  keep comfortably clean in the bush using minimal water, using  a bush latrine, sanitising correctly and safely burning  your “tail tinder” (toilet paper) so there is no trace are some of the things we instil in our students.
Our courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly. Please see individual course descriptions.

Weather

Courses will go ahead regardless of weather (unless it’s a catastrophic event) so as to help you to adapt to any situation. In wet weather we will try to keep everyone as sheltered as possible and activities maybe altered to accommodate various conditions.

Health & Fitness 

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. Whilst catering is provided, it is simple food and mealtimes will be subject to change due to the nature of the course. Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat!

Alcohol

No alcohol or illegal drugs are to be brought to the course. Participants found possessing these items will be taken off the course without refund.

Medications

A confidential medical questionnaire will be given as part of the enrolment process and staff should be advised of any personal medications that need to be taken. Participants are responsible for their own administration of personal medications.

First Aid

All our staff are first aid trained and a well stocked first aid kit will be accessible at all times at the main camp.

Safety

All Bushcraft Survival Australia activities are conducted in a safe and controlled manner and have been fully risk assessed with a risk management program being followed at all times. Emergency communications and safety vehicles are on site at all times. Prior to the commencement of the course, all participants will receive a full safety brief.

Liability/Participant Consent Form

A liability/participant consent form is required to be signed by all participants prior to the commencement of each course. This form will be sent to you along with your joining instructions once you book your course.

Age Limits

We have a lower age limit of 18 years on most of our courses, except for our junior course, however juniors above the age of 14 are welcome on adult courses as long as they are accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult participant. Please see individual course descriptions for age limits on specific courses. There is no ceiling on the age limit as long as you are in good physical health. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before booking.

Course Locations

We run courses in various locations. The area the course is held will be indicated within the individual course description. Once you have booked a course we will send you a joining instruction and directions to the course meeting point.

Coffs Coast (NSW)

Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property (Gumbainggar aboriginal land) in stunning coastal bushland between the towns of Nambucca Heads and Macksville on the mid north coast of NSW.

The nearest airport is Coffs Harbour which is about a 45 minute drive away.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with no public amenities. A latrine and canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available on private property nearby.

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

 Darwin (NT)

Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property in savannah bushland around Woorabinda Scout Camp near Howard Springs, about 30 minutes drive from Darwin.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp. Basic amenities are accessible via a short walk through the bush and a canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available at Woorabinda Scout Camp.

Public transport from Darwin to Howard Springs is available and we can collect you from there.

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

 Sydney (NSW)

Our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held in bushland behind Ingleside Scout Camp, Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, not too far from Mona Vale road.

Ingleside Scout Camp backs directly onto beautiful Kuringai Chase National Park.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with basic amenities being accessible via a short walk through the bush. Parking is available at the front of the scout camp.

Public Transport does run along Mona Vale Rd but it is easier if we collect you from Mona Vale which is about 10 minutes drive away.

Specific directions and details will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Parking

Our courses are conducted on private property with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within these private areas a few hundred meters from the main camp, however we advise that you don’t leave any valuable personal belongings in the vehicle.

Payment and Booking

The best way for you to book on one of our courses is to find the course you wish to book and click on the Booking Tab. This will take you to our secure online Paypal booking page and all you have to do is follow the easy steps to book online.

Once we receive your booking, we will send you a joining instruction, participant consent form and pre-course information.

Mobile phones

There is varied mobile reception available at all of our course locations, however we ask you to consider other members of the group and be discreet as many participants attend to get away from the technological distractions that surround us. Mobile phone use will not be allowed during lectures and demonstrations, however the occasional picture on a camera phone is acceptable.

Battery Charging

You will need to bring your own charging device (eg. power bank) for your phone/torch, etc.

Reviews

"It was definitely challenging - probably in a large part because of the heat and humidity - but this is part of what made it so valuable because it contributed to the overall situational experience which made it more like a real survival situation. It was also immensely rewarding to learn the skills, apply them, and be tested in stressful/pressure situations. This was genuinely a life changing experience for myself and for Felix. We both loved it and intend to do more courses with BSA in the future."

Derek Hooper

"Where do I start? The instruction was well-paced, well-presented, and engaging. Allowing the group interactions to unfold and be part of the course promoted connection and bonding (we're all in this together). After the initial 2 days (integrating back into the bush) I felt more at ease, confident, and really had a lot of fun. The support staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. This was one of my peak experiences out bush, and I look forward to doing this more often. Thank you Gordo, and the Team."

Ian McArthur

"Just Finished the 7 day combined Basic and Intermediate on the Coffs Coast.
Gordon is one hell of a bloke and an excellent teacher with so much knowledge.
While getting to learn and practice these essential skills, I was surrounded by an amazing group of people and have many memories that make me instantly smile.
Not only will you learn how to use these survival skills, you will learn a lot about yourself over the course.
This has been the best thing I have done for myself in I can't remember how long.
Get out there!"
 
Matthew Baxter

"My father in law and I just attended the 4 day intermediate course and we had the time of our lives. We were able to put into practice a lot of theoretical knowledge but also learnt way more advanced skills and techniques, it was very eye opening what is possible and how broad a subject bush-craft and survival truly are. We had a great group of people there and made some new friends The course was set in a gorgeous coastal location. Gordon was an excellent teacher very patient and was able to convey information and teach very efficiently no doubt due to his teaching and military background and his wealth of knowledge in bush craft and survival.

So happy I went will be attending another one of the BSA course next year for sure".

Charlie McDermott

"Thank you so much Gordon and to Bushcraft Survival Australia for sharing the knowledge. I've completed both the basic and intermediate courses...so surprised at how much I've learned and amazing how much “the nature“ can give back to us. I can't wait to complete the advanced course.
I suggest bushcraft survival Australia to anyone... awesome experience!!!!"

Alex Pontarollo

"When you do a course with Gordon, you're getting access to a very experienced instructor who has done multiple courses with every global survival school worth mentioning. Gordon is also a current military instructor. All of this shows in his teaching. He's quick to spot and correct mistakes in your technique or approach which may not be that obvious to you. Highly recommended".

Johan van Dyk

Booking: Fundamental Module 2 Bushcraft Survival Course (4 Days) - School Courses

Duration: 4 Days, 3 nights
Price: On enquiry. Group discounts available. Two teaching staff are included at no extra cost
Minimum age: Year 7 students
Included: 4 full days and 3 nights of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees and insurance.
Number of places: 20 students and 2 teaching staff
Course meeting time: 9.00am (day 1) - TBC with school
Course finish time: 5:00pm (day 4) - TBC with school

ENQUIRIES - SCHOOLS

Booking: Fundamental Module 2 Bushcraft Survival Course (4 Days) - Public Courses

Duration: 4 Days
Price: $690 (adult) $345 (child)
Minimum age: 12 (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Included: 4 full days and nights of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees, insurance.
Number of places: 15
Course meeting time: 5:30pm (Day 1)
Course finish time: 5:00pm (Day 5)

Course Dates and Locations

1-5 June 2021, Coffs Coast NSW - Completed

20-24 July 2021, Darwin NT - Completed

5-9 October 2021, Victoria (venue TBC) - POSTPONED

12-16 October 2021, North Queensland - BOOK NOW! (see pre requisites)

26-30 October 2021, Coffs Coast NSW - POSTPONED to 7-11 December 2021

7-11 December 2021, Coffs Coast NSW

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.

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