The survival basics class is designed for students that don’t have the time to take off for the 5 day standard, but still want to learn the minimum survival skills for being lost in the woods.
This class takes the most important elements out of the 5 Day Outdoor Survival Skills class and condenses the class to the “core three” priorities. Your first priorities in a “lost in the woods” scenario, are always shelter, fire, water. The survival basics class will cover these three topics in depth, so you can be prepared for the worst.
During early morning, the instructor will take you through the steps of building primitive shelters. Learn how to build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry. You will learn proper placement of the framework, proper thickness and height of debris insulation, and proper waterproofing techniques.
You will learn several fire methods: friction fire, how to make an all night fire, and a below the ground fire. Fire is of the utmost importance in a survival situation. It provides you a way to filter or boil water, cook food, all while keeping you warm, and preventing hypothermia.
You will learn water procurement and filtration. Hydration is key in a survival situation. Without proper hydration, your body can overheat and you will lose energy quickly. However, it is also important to make sure you’re ingesting clean water. Clean water prevents exposure to bacteria and/or organisms, that can leave you very sick, which may further complicate a survival situation. The class will end with self rescue techniques and a review of all material covered.
Instructor: Jason Marsteiner