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SURVIVAL 101 2 days, 1 night Tuition: $250
Wilderness experience and/or prior training not required. Ages 18+.
Start time Day One: 10 am. End time Day Two: NLT 2 pm.
Equipment list...Camping gear and food allowed.

Our shortest introductory training session. Students will learn basic camping skills and survival techniques, develop wilderness awareness, and gain wilderness confidence. Participants will overnight in their personal tents or hammocks and may bring all the food they want. Bottled water will be provided.

Curriculum. The seven priorities of survival: Positive Mental Attitude, Wilderness First Aid, Shelter, Fire, Signaling, Water, and Food. The psychological aspects of survival - the stressors and fears and the will to survive; medical problems, including dehydration, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, venomous snake bite, and building a proper first aid kit; how to build emergency action shelters, including the use of proper knots and lashings; fire construction; procurement of water using various means and preparing it for safe drinking; and, improvisation of equipment. Personal survival kits will be taught; map & compass will be introduced; wilderness group behavior will be emphasized; and, students will better understand lost behavior. Most importantly, students will better understand proper planning and preparedness, being always prepared to help yourself and others at all times in the wilderness. Several individual and team survival challenges will be included.
A written test will conclude the training, with a prize being awarded the top scorer: a $50 gift certificate of student's choice.
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Courses..Wilderness survival training for men and women, ages 18+.
WFA + Survival graduates
Survival 101 graduates
Safe Return graduates
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SAFE RETURN 3 days, 2 nights Tuition: $345
Wilderness experience and/or prior training not required. Ages 18+.
Start time Day One: 10 am. End time Day Three: NLT 2 pm.
Equipment list...Camping gear and food allowed.

Our longest introductory training session, which will also include the field dressing and cooking of a rabbit, jerky making, and map & compass. Students will learn basic camping skills and survival techniques, develop wilderness awareness, and gain wilderness confidence. Participants will overnight in their personal tents or hammocks and may bring all the food they want. Bottled water will be provided.

Curriculum. The seven priorities of survival: Positive Mental Attitude, Wilderness First Aid, Shelter, Fire, Signaling, Water, and Food. The psychological aspects of survival - the stressors and fears and the will to survive; medical problems, including dehydration, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, venomous snake bite, and building a proper first aid kit; how to build emergency action shelters, including the use of proper knots and lashings; fire construction; procurement of water using various means and preparing it for safe drinking; and, improvisation of equipment. Personal survival kits will be taught; wilderness group behavior will be emphasized; and, students will better understand lost behavior. Most importantly, students will better understand proper planning and preparedness, being always prepared to help yourself and others at all times in the wilderness. Students will also field dress a rabbit and cook it over the camp fire; make a smoke rack and create jerky; and, be introduced to map & compass. Several individual and team survival challenges will be included, including the improvisation of equipment. A written test will conclude the training, with a prize being awarded the top scorer: a $50 gift certificate of student's choice.
BARE BONES 3 days, 2 nights Tuition: $375
Wilderness experience and/or prior training not required. Ages 18+.
Start time Day One: 10 am. End time Day Three: NLT 1 pm.
Equipment list...Minimal gear - very minimal food.

Our flagship course, specifically designed as a longer training experience in a more challenging aspect. No sleeping bags, no sleeping pads, no commercial tents/hammocks, and no backpacks. Students will build and sleep in individual shelters. A strong emphasis will be placed on survival techniques, small group behavior, leadership, and teamwork.

Curriculum. The seven priorities of survival: Positive Mental Attitude, Wilderness First Aid, Shelter, Fire, Signaling, Water, and Food. The psychological aspects of survival - the stressors and fears and the will to survive; medical problems, including dehydration, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, venomous snake bite, and building a proper first aid kit; you'll learn how to build several emergency action shelters, including the proper knots and lashings; fire construction, procurement of water using various means and preparing it for safe drinking; and, improvisation of equipment. Personal survival kits will be taught; wilderness group behavior will be demonstrated; and,
students will better understand what to do if lost. And, most importantly, students will better understand preparedness and proper planning, being always prepared to help yourself and others at all times in the wilderness. Students will also field dress a rabbit and cook it over the camp fire; make a smoke rack and create jerky; learn map & compass and do a compass trek off-trail; be introduced to traps& snares; and, there will be individual and team challenges. A written test will conclude the training, with a prize awarded the top scorer: a $50 gift certificate of student's choice.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID + SURVIVAL 3 days, 2 nights Tuition: $295
Partnering with SOLO - the oldest continuously operating school of wilderness medicine in the world. Recently in March, Byron and Brandon Munsell (SOLO's Lead Instructor and Coordinator for FL) conducted their second WFA + Survival course - and, we are proud to mention: BKS is the only survival school in the US authorized to conduct such a course with SOLO. A two-year certification in WFA will be provided by SOLO. Ages 18+. Please visit www.soloschools.com to better understand their wilderness medical training courses at a variety of levels and/or phone Brandon at (386) 314-6357.
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION Individual $350/day
Private training can be arranged for one person. Adult, ages 18+. Conducted on weekdays - Tue, Wed, or Thu. Duration and difficulty can be discussed and designed to fit a client-specified curriculum. Please email or phone (352) 350-4450 to discuss and schedule.


PRIVATE INSTRUCTION Small group $250/person/day
Private training can also be arranged for a small group of two to six people. Adults, ages 18+. Conducted on weekdays - Tue, Wed, or Thu. or weekends. A weekend small group must consist of four to six people. Duration and difficulty can be discussed and designed to fit a group-specified curriculum. Please email or phone (352) 350-4450 to discuss and schedule.


ITC - INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE 7 days, 6 nights Tuition: $1050.
We conduct this course once a year. The course is open to co-ed students, ages 18+, wanting to become better skilled wilderness survival instructors. In particular, to those wanting to be more effective with their teaching and guiding skills, and possibly even start their own wilderness survival school. If interested in a future ITC, please email.