"I've been to three other wilderness courses taught by other instructors across California, and this is by far the most in depth, realistic, and highly educating survival experience of all of them."
-Public Yelp Review
Located in beautiful forested mountain areas of National Forest (So Cal) and Redwood Forest (Nor Cal). Escape the city, escape the heat, enjoy the wild.
Forming A lIFE sAVING StandARD:Course Overview
Wilderness survival training is currently unregulated. Anyone can claim to be an expert, without formal training of any kind, in any subject matter. That's why we are working with the same national certifying body that regulates search and rescue training to establish a nationally recognized basic survival skills certification course.
This is a combination of our weekend critical skills intensive, and wilderness first aid certification course. It is a true training intensive with 10 hour training days covering a range of material. This course includes our wilderness survival skills certification, and a nationally recognized wilderness first aid certification.
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*Learn to recognize and treat exposure (hypo/hyperthermia) *Form a bow and drill friction fire kit (fire with sticks), and other emergency fire making techniques
*Construct a weatherproof survival shelter
*Learn to make an effective small game trap
*Learn to locate and purify water in the field
*Construct a weatherproof survival shelter
*Learn emergency signaling techniques (air & ground) for rescue
*Understand common wilderness emergencies & their causes
*Produce cordage (string/rope) from wild plants *Learn to cook a meal without pots, pans, or utensils *Learn how to react to dangerous snakes & animals
Wilderness First Aid Certification Course
Wilderness first aid is different from standard first aid in that; it can require extended care (24hrs+), it can require you to improvise and form gear from your camping equipment and.or surroundings, and you must take exposure measures (care for the patient's needs in terms of warmth and cooling), training is hands on, and students learn to improvise their own medical gear from their surroundings, and students perform a much higher level of medical intervention- (i.e. students will learn to set certain dislocated joints, close wounds, and more)
Our two day/16+ hour course is a nationally accepted certification course fro the American Safety & Health Institute- the world's largest private EMS training provider.
Learn techniques such as;
*Closing and packing wounds
*Splinting injured limbs
*Checking for spinal injuries
*Identifying and treating environmental exposure
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$350 per person
Schedules & Locations
Camp La Verne
41954 Jenks Lake Rd W, Angelus Oaks, Ca 92305
(Just outside Big Bear Lake & Ski Resort)
There is a lake stocked with fish immediately adjacent to camp. You are welcome to fish with a valid license.
Get your fishing licenses here
We are on over 200 acres in the Nation Forest with a running spring. There is ample room for camping. Feel free to bring any type of camp set up you wish.
2019 Schedule (So Cal)
August 9-11(Northern California/SF Bay)
San Francisco Bay Area Location
Redwood Glenn Conference Center
100 Wright Drive, Loma Mar, CA 94021
Upon registering you will receive a receipt which contains a link to download all of your course information and materials, including driving directions and what to bring.
What To Bring
*A knife. We recommend either; a locking Victorinox swiss knife w/saw and non serrated blade, OR a Leatherman mutitool w/saw, OR a Mora knife for beginners. Base models can be obtained for $20-$35. Non recommended brands are acceptable, however we do not guarantee their performance
*Tents are allowed though students have the option to sleep in actual survival shelters they make themselves from the environment.
*A sleeping bag appropriate for the time of year
*A water bottle
*A Day Pack (school style back pack)
*A headlamp or flashlight
*Foodstuffs- We recommend Mountain House backpacker meals for main courses as they only require hot water to prepare and have a very large menu to select from. Small backpacker stoves like the "Pocket Rocket" or "Jetboil" (can be purchased at REI), or even a Coleman stove(can be purchased at Walmart), will prepare these and your morning coffee very well. MRE's are another easy option. Granola, protein bars, jerky, fruit, etc, are all great options for snacks or lunches. You will have access to your vehicle in the evening so a cooler is ok. There is also a campfire to cook on so feel free to bring cast iron cookware.
*Feel free to bring any favorite survival gear you wish to train with!