"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. 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.


As Seen On:



As chosen by the United States department of Defense

Unlike most "survival themed" schools our training prepares the general public for actual outdoor emergencies. Though we believe our courses are very fun- they are not the simply"role playing" style entertainment experiences you find elsewhere, which have little to do with reality.


Private/Custom, Military, and Corporate Leadership

Whether you're 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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      Skills Courses


Train Hard.

Train Here.

Train To Survive.

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  2018:  Sept 1-2, Oct 6-7, Nov 3-4

2019: April 6-7, May 4-5, June 1-2, September 7-8, October 5-6, November 2-3

All Ages 1 Day Critical Survival Skills Intensive –  This course is based on introducing the student to the most critical wilderness survival skills. Learn more  2018: April 28, May 26, June 30, August 25, September 29, November 24

Bushcraft (Paleo) Weekend- Spend a weekend learning skills that were essential to ancient man. Stone tool making, foraging, trapping, friction fire making, and more. Learn more                      2019: May 11-12  

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   

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 2018:  June 9

2019:  May 18, August 10

Primitive Traps, Weapons, & Tracking-Learn the essentials of constructing primitive traps and weapons.

2018 October 13

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  2018: Feb 3-5, March 3-5, April 7-9, May 5-7, June 2-4, August 4-6, Sept 1-3, Oct 6-8, Nov 3-5

2019: April 6-8, May 4-6, June 1-3, September 7-9, October 5-7, November 2-4

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.                              2018:  May 12-18, September 8-14

2019:  August 17-23

Basic Map & Compass Certification (1 Day)–  Learn to navigate with a map and compass on this basic certification course. Learn more  2018:  April 14, September 8

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    2019: July 13-19

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                               2018:  April 15, June 10, September 9

2019: May 19, August 11

    Extreme Courses


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  2018: December 7-9

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                   2018:  July 29-August 5

2019:  August 2-9

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+

There is no better situation-than a survival situation-to truly test what you are capable of.

 Tactical & Urban Disaster




Weaponology- Improvised weapons, their concealment, and their use.  Learn More 2018: June 11, July 16, Sept 10                                 

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. Learn More  2018:  June 9-10

Should disaster strike, how long are you willing to wait for someone to come and save you?

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  2018:  April 21-22  More TBA

Urban Disaster Preparedness - Learn the essentials of urban disaster readiness and response on this single day intensive. Learn more.  2018:  June 16, August 18

2019: March 2,  September 14

Counter Custody (Anti-Kidnapping/Safe Travel)- "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. Learn More  2018: March 10-11, July 14-15, Sept 8-9


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. 

Adult/Child/Infant CPR

First Aid

Emergency Oxygen Administration

CABS (Child & Babysitting Safety)

Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Did you know? Owners of several California area survival schools (many of which refer to themselves as California's #1 or premier school) have sought our training before opening their schools for business. Make the same choice they did- train here, train hard.

Survival Instructor Programs

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

The Best Have Trained Here


  • U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Survival & Sniper Instructors

  • U.S. Navy Helicopter Rescue (VX-31) & EOD/Special Warfare    

  • U.S. Air Force EOD/Special Operations

  •  U.S. Department of Defense

  • California Department of Justice        

  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

  • Palm Springs Police Search & Rescue

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff

  • Stanford University Vaden Mental Health Services

  • Craftsman Tools        

  • Ford Motors

  • W.I.T.O. (Women In The Outdoors, America's Largest Women's Outdoor Org)

  • Girls Who Hike (Los Angeles)

  • Girls Who Climb

  • The Desert Institute At Joshua Tree National Park       

  • Wounded Warrior Foundation

  • Regal Entertainment Group        

  • Film promotions for World War z & After Earth

  • Buzzfeed

  • 72 & Sunny

  •        History Channel        

  • Discovery Channel

  • Fusion Network