"On behalf of the Palm Springs Mounted Police SAR Unit, I want to thank you for an outstanding day of instruction. We can immediately apply what we learned from you and will incorporate your techniques in our training and rescues."
-Lieutenant Joe Aguanno, Palm Springs Mounted Police Search & Rescue Unit
Mastering The Fundamentals: Course Overview
This is the outdoor survival course everybody should take once, no matter what your skill level. In an emergency, it's knowing the fundamentals that will save you, and here at TCSS we've taken them to a whole new level. This scenario based training course covers the most essential skills to survival in the outdoors, while challenging you to problem solve and perform. Yes you may bring food and a sleeping bag, but we will take you out of your comfort zone on this course and push you to succeed. In survival, success is your only option.
Go beyond the YouTube videos and reality shows with our expert instructors and learn what it truly takes to survive an outdoor emergency. Our curriculum is based on life saving techniques to be employed in real life wilderness survival scenarios and has set a new standard in the field. This course will be fully outdoors no matter what the weather, and is 100% hands on.
Tents are allowed though students have the option to sleep in actual survival shelters they make themselves from the environment. We provide all survival gear to train with, just bring a pocket knife.
*Run live emergency scenarios throughout the course and learn to respond-and not panic- when things hit the fan *Learn to recognize and treat exposure (hypo/hyperthermia), the #1 killer in outdoor survival situations *Form a friction fire kit (make a fire with sticks), and train in modern emergency all-weather fire making techniques
*Construct a weatherproof survival shelter
*Learn essential first aid skills like how to stop bleeding *Learn to make an effective small game trap
*Learn to locate and purify water in the field
*Learn emergency signaling techniques (air & ground) for rescue
*Understand common wilderness emergencies & their causes
*Produce cordage (string/rope) from wild plants *Learn to cook a meal without pots, pans, or utensils *Learn how to react to dangerous snakes & animals
...and much more!
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$300 per person
2 or more $265 per person
3 or more $225 per person
Includes dinner. We provide training gear, just bring a pocketknife.
25 Student Maximum, This Course Fills Fast
April Update: Camp De Benniville Pines, Angelus Oaks, Ca
High adventure camps located approx 6500' on the San Bernadino National Forest, tucked into tall Pine trees. Just outside Big Bear, Ca. You will have access to your vehicle in the evening so feel free to "overpack".
Only 90 minutes from Los Angeles!
February 25-26 Cold Weather Skills (FULL)
March 18-19 (FULL)
April 8-9 (FULL)
May 6-7 (5 or less spots remaining)
June 3-4 (5 or less spots remaining)
July 1-2 (10 or less spots remaining)
August 5-6 (5 or less spots remaining)
What To Bring
*A water bottle.
*A pocketknife or fixed blade. (we recommend the Victorinox Trekker, or any Leatherman w/ a saw feature, or a Mora Knife for new users.)
*A Day Pack (small back pack)
*A sleeping bag appropriate for the time of year
*Appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year (rain gear required fall-spring)
*A headlamp or flashlight
*Foodstuffs, we provide dinner for night 1
*Feel free to bring any favorite survival gear you wish to train with!