"The Survival Training School of California provided unparalleled instruction... the finest civilian training course we have attended."

- David M. Pinkham, Master Sergeant, United States Air Force, EOD Program MAnager


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.

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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 

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

Basic Map & Compass Certification (1 Day)– Learn to navigate with a map and compass on this basic certification course. Learn more 

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    

4 Day Survival Skills For Families (all ages) – Our world class survival training formatted for all ages and family units. Come and enjoy. Learn more   

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  



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 


Annual Alaska Field Course Spend 10 days living off of the land with little more than a pocketknife in the heart of Alaska. Enough said. Learn more 


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


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  

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   

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     

 Medical & More

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  

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


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


The Best Have Trained Here

  • 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

  • Craftsman Tools        

  • Ford Motors

  • Facebook        

  • Wounded Warrior Foundation

  • Regal Entertainment Group        

  • Film promotions for; World War z & After Earth

  • Buzzfeed

  • 72 & Sunny

  •        History Channel        

  • Discovery Channel

  • Fusion Network