"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!"
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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.
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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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
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
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
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
Medical CERTIFICATION COURSES
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?
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
COMING SUMMER 2018!
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.
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.
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
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
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