Sydney 11-13 September 2020
Bushcraft Survival Australia is proud to collaborate with the Pathfinder School of the USA to bring you this limited special event with US guest instructor, Dave Canterbury.
The purpose of the Pathfinder Worldwide.Basic Survival Class is to provide students with the knowledge to survive a 72 hr. emergency scenario, using the items known as the 10 C’s of Survivability. The multi-functionality of the items within this kit will be discussed, demonstrated and applied to self-aid situations, Fire Craft, Shelter Construction and Water Collection.
Basic does not mean easy – It means the essential facts or principles of a subject or skill. These essentials will revolutionise your outdoor training by pushing you beyond the limits you would otherwise push yourself. During the course, you can expect to walk roughly 4-5 km’s. You will be carrying your gear (approx 18kg’s) as well as collected materials as needed for projects.
You will complete various timed exercises individually and as part of a team. Each deliverable is designed to make you more self-reliant. If you don’t give up on yourself, we won’t give up on you. We work in an EDI (Educate, Demonstrate, Imitate) fashion of training. The pace is dictated by the student(s) for full understanding.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Basic class is intense and is the foundation from which all Pathfinder School classes are built.
A broad overview of requirements and what you can expect
Most of these tasks will be performed while carrying your gear.
- Hikes of 1-2 miles (3-4 km’s) per day
- collection of sticks and other materials off the landscape
- navigation courses over terrain which may be muddy or uneven
- dealing with the elements (Hot, Cold, Rain, etc.)
- As part of the final exercise on the 2nd night: you will sleep in a temporary shelter that you construct yourself and will have access to limited gear. No exceptions will be made unless you leave the course entirely.
Water will be available from Jerry’s located in Base Camp. We continually check the water supply to make sure it is readily available.
- Physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class.
- Hiking: uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
- Walking: (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5km’s
- Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb (20kg) before the class begins
- This class is the Foundation, without it, you may not pass higher-level classes. No refunds will be issued for classes you do not pass or those who quit.
Non-Patch Qualification Policy
- When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Basic Survival (by going for the patch).
- If you fall behind but are doing your best, we will support your effort 100%! We will encourage you to keep it up and complete the course to the best of your ability.
- Should you be unable to keep up with the group due to physical injury or other health problem(s), we will go above and beyond to assist you by aiding in your mobility, administering hydration and personal motivation! Should those efforts fail, leaving you unable to complete the course, we will need to ask you to leave the school grounds.
- If you (tap out) quit at any point, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing up your gear and you will need to exit the school grounds.
- Again, it is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to complete the course without qualifying for the patch, just let your instructor know that this is your desire.
- If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.
To those graduating from the course, a Basic Class Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff will be issued to you.
To those remaining throughout the course but did not meet the requirements of Patch Qualification, a Certificate of Training shall be issued to you, signed by the Instructional staff.
Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
This class is not recommended for youths under age 13.
If you bring a minor that is not your child, you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorisation form filled out by that youths parent(s) or legal guardian. Reference your Confirmation email for this document.
Catering, Food & Water
You will not be living from the land on this basic course, that is an advanced skill that you will learn on progression through the other courses. Upon booking we will provide you with a suggested food list for you to create your own (healthy) lightweight military style ration packs to sustain you for the 3 days. You will be given time to prepare and cook these meals during the course.
Tea and Coffee will also be provided along with a fruit bowl.
Water will be available from Jerry’s located in Base Camp. We will continually check the water supply to make sure it is readily available.
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 equipment list) or in the emergency shelter you will build yourself.
This course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public 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 while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly.
Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder Worldwide School system and is authorised by Dave Canterbury. A link to the Worldwide Pathfinder Instructors can be found here.
Booking: Pathfinder Worldwide Basic Survival Class
Duration: 3 Days
Price: $650 (adult) $325 (child)
Minimum age: 13 (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Included: 3 full days and 2 nights of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, land use fees, insurance.
Number of places: 15
Course meeting time: 8:30am (day 1)
Course finish time: 5:00pm (day 3)
Course Date and Location
11-13 September (Sydney- venue TBA) Book Now
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.