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Survival skill instructors alarmed by ‘charlatan’ operators

Gordon Dedman’s day job involves taking a small army of people into the bush to learn how to survive the end of days. Or at the very least, something like it.

Mr Dedman is a bush survival school coach. In his time with the Army reserve’s 1st Commando Regiment he learned how to survive in some of the world’s harshest conditions. His survival school teaches people how to reconnect with the land, light a fire safely, and ensure any bush trip “leaves no trace”. It is a booming market, with hundreds of people on his waitlists.

“Particularly post-COVID, interest has grown exponentially,” Mr Dedman said. He travels to all corners of Australia to teach his courses. Most recently he worked as the bushcraft expert on reality TV show Alone.

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