"Thomas is the best - his level of knowledge on all things survival is unparalleled.  There's a reason we went to him, why the Marines go to him, why Navy SPECWAR goes to him, etc.  He is a consummate professional, conducts an amazing course, and taught us skills that will surely serve our troops well in the challenges that await them.  Thanks Thomas!"

Captain D. Myatt, 932 Explosive Ordinance Disposal, US Air Force.


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*the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center    

 *US Navy Helicopter Rescue & EOD

*US Air Force EOD      

 *the Department of Defense    

*The California Department of Justice

*Stanford University's Vaden Mental Health Services


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Skills Courses

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.

1 Day Critical Survival Skills Intensive – This course is based on introducing the student to the most critical wilderness survival skills. Learn more  March 25(FULL)   April 29   May 27(FULL)     June 24    July 29   August 26   Sept 30   Oct 28   Nov 25


Weekend Critical Survival Skills Intensive (2 Days) Our most popular selection, this course is all about giving you a hands on competency in the fundamentals. Essential training for all skill levels.. Learn more  Feb 25-26(FULL)   March 18-19(FULL)       April 8-9(FULL)   May 6-7(FULL)      June 3-5(FULL)   July 1-2 (FULL)               August 5-6(FULL)  Sept 2-3(FULL)   Oct 7-8(FULL)   Nov 4-5

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.    June 10-16     July 8-14        2018: May 12-18  September 8-14

Survival Skills Certification (Basic) – Spend 3 days on this training intensive and receive your basic wilderness survival, as well as wilderness first aid certification.  Learn more  Feb 25-27(FULL)        March 18-20(FULL)   April 8-10(FULL)   May 6-8(FULL)   June 3-5(FULL)       July 1-3(FULL)    August 5-7(FULL)    Sept 2-4(FULL)   Oct 7-9(FULL)   Nov 4-6

Basic Map & Compass Certification (1 Day)– Learn to navigate with a map and compass on this basic certification course. Learn more  April 30   May 28   June 25   Aug 27   Nov 26

7 Day Alaska Survival Skills Course – The ultimate survival skills course. Train in the essentials of survival and bushcraft in the wilds of Alaska. Learn more         July 9-15   2018: July 14-20



Extreme Courses

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+

Weekend Field Course (3 Day) – The only food and water is what you forage for, no sleeping bags or blankets no matter what the weather. The Nation's only year round all-weather field course. Learn more                       December 1-3

Annual Alaska Field Course Spend 8 days living off of the land with little more than a pocketknife in the heart of Alaska. Enough said. Learn more  July 22-29          2018:  July 29-August 5


Bushcraft/Primitive/ Native Skills Courses

Stone Knapping (tool making) Course (1 Day) Learn the ancient skill of making tools and weapons from stone. Make a knife, make an arrowhead, launch an at latl. Learn more   TBA


Primitive Skills Weekend (2 days) Spend a weekend learning skills that were essential to ancient man. Stone tool making, foraging, trapping, friction fire making, and more. Learn more          April 22-23

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   May 20   June 17   July 29   August 19

Intro To Trapping & Tracking- Learn the essentials of tracking and trapping a full range of wild game in the field, with minimal equipment.   Learn More     March 26   October 21

 Medical & Tactical


As always, if we offer training we offer it at the highest level. We now offer both improvised medical care, and defensive violence at its best. Whether it be instructors who have provided medical care in war zones, or instructors who have served as counter narco-terrorist operators, we are bringing the best in their field to the "common" man.

Wilderness First Aid (2 Days) – Learn the essentials of emergency care when far from help and resources. Learn to stop bleeding, splint broken limbs, treat exposure, bandage burns, and more. This is a national certification course. Learn more  March 18-19  More Coming Soon


BLS/CPR PRO- Basic Life Support, or CPR for the professional rescuer, is the level of adult/child/infant/CPR required by EMT's and above for certification. It includes use of assisted ventilation devices, airway devices, and AED usage.  DATES COMING SOON

Hybrid Adult/Child/Infant CPR- We are now offering hybrid adult/child/infant CPR with AED use. This means you can do all the bookwork and quizzes online, and the hands on practicals during a short (generally 90min or less) appointment with us. (COMING SOON)

We also offer private/custom first aid and CPR training for groups/organizations. We can come to you!

Counter Custody (ANTI-KIDNAPPING)- "Making sure the good guys train harder than the bad guys". High level anti-kidnapping training for individuals, executives, and adventurers like. Learn how to defeat attempts at unlawful detainment. This curriculum is a joint venture between legendary counter narco-terrorist operator Ed Calderon of Mexico City, and our elite staff, specially formed for those who may be traveling to dangerous areas.    June 10-11 (FULL)           NEW DATE!   December 2-3

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                     June 10(FULL)     August 5

Weaponology- Improvised weapons, their concealment, and their use.  December 4



Urban Movement- Learn to successfully negotiate dangerous urban areas. This is not a parkour class. This course will teach you to blend in with the locals, locate essential resources, evade attempts at unlawful detainment and violence, discuss "payment" of local authorities and border police for safe passage, and much more. Essential for global travelers & LEO.

"Making sure the good guys train harder than the bad guys."

Survival Instructor Programs

Certify through us in our wilderness survival and wilderness first aid instructor development programs. Learn more

Private/Custom, Military, and Corporate Survival Training

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. Department of Defense

  • California Department of Justice        

  • Kern County Fire Helicopter Crew 408

  • Craftsman Tools        

  • Ford Motors

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  • Wounded Warrior Foundation

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