"The Survival Training School of California provided unparalleled instruction... the finest civilian training course we have attended."
Not sure what to expect or where to start? No worries.
We are the experts at making YOU the expert. Yes we've trained elite military units- but we've also trained housewives, computer technicians, and even children's groups. These are fundamental skills we believe every human should have. This is why we offer very high quality training for anyone and everyone, no matter what your experience level or background.
With 15+ regular courses, locations from Chico to Orange County, and an alumni that includes three branches of the United States Military; Survival Training School of California is the state's largest and most respected survival school. Below is a complete list of our courses, along with dates.
Click on the course of your choice to see a full overview including; specific location, gear needs, and schedules.
Overview – Our critical skills courses are based on developing the skills essential to survival in an outdoor emergency. They range from 1-7 days, and cover everything from basic basic fire making, to desert survival, to map & compass skills. They are fully outdoors and hands on, but allow meals and sleeping gear.
Weekend Critical Survival Skills Intensive (2 Days)– Our most popular course, great for beginners looking to truly walk away with a usable skill set, and advanced survivalists looking to make their fundamentals strong. Learn more
7 Day Cross Climate Skills Intensive – Learn to survive in nearly any climate on this cross climate training intensive. Learn desert and mountain survival, map and compass navigation, stone knapping, and more. Learn more
First and foremost, we are a field school. We are also America's ONLY year round all-weather field school. Our Extreme Courses are not only based on developing the skills essential to survival in an outdoor emergency, but actually re-creating the survival situation. No sleeping gear (no matter what the weather), no outside food or water- we get it from the land. Ages 18+
Bushcraft/Primitive/ Native Skills Courses
Wild Plant Identification and Uses (1 Day)– Learn to identify wild plants and process them them for use as; food, medicine, and utility items. Learn more
The Apothecary, Healing With Wild Plants (1 Day)– Learn the ancient art of transforming wild healing plants into powerful healing remedies. Take home the balms, poultices, teas, and more that you make. Learn more
Medical & More
Annual Civilian S.E.R.E. – We've adapted military SERE training for the civilian world (you know, people without access to machine guns and attack helicopters). Anti-kidnapping training for individuals, executives, and families alike. Learn how to respond and defeat attempts at unlawful detainment. Learn more Sept. 16-19
Anti-Terrorism & Kidnapping Seminar- Learn the essentials of avoiding and escaping terrorist attacks and kidnapping in this one day training intensive. Criminals are looking for the easiest targets, "targets of opportunity". Learn to harden your defenses and increase your awareness... Learn More Sept 25
Certify through us in our wilderness survival and wilderness first aid instructor development programs. Learn more
Whether your an individual looking to avoid a group, a military unit wanting to sharpen your skills, or a company looking to explore and develop leadership; we have an option for you.You'll be in good company; the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, Craftsman Tools, Ford Motors, Stanford University, and more have sought out expertise. Learn More
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U.S. Navy Search & Rescue (VX-31) & EOD
U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Survival & Sniper Instructors
U.S. Air Force EOD
U.S. Department of Defense
California Department of Justice
Kern County Fire Helicopter Crew 408
Wounded Warrior Foundation
Regal Entertainment Group
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