6 Principles of Survival – Maximize Rescue

Maximize Rescue – Signaling / Navigation

Rescue is the goal of every survival situation. Once you meet your primary needs, focus on rescue.
You’re only a survivor when you have been rescued. This means that you must be able to either get yourself out of the predicament you are in (self-rescue) or be rescued from that situation by others (assisted rescue).

Preparation is key-informing people of your intentions and timeframes will at least have someone wondering why you are not back yet. Be sure to leave an ISOPREP Report behind with someone you trust.  (See Principle #1)

THE BIG ? Do I stay, or do I go? This is a major decision. Do you remain where you are or move to a location that offers a better chance of survival, rescue, or both. In general it is always best to stay where you are. It’s all too easy to make a rash decision and attempt to walk out of a situation only to put yourself in even greater danger.

Signaling While waiting for rescue maximize your odds by signaling. The key to signaling is contrast and movement.
Universal Distress Signal: SOS
Universal Distress Number: 3

Primary Signalling Methods:

  • Sound: Create 3 loud blows with a whistle, or by banging metal objects together.
  • Reflection: Reflect rays of the sun off of a mirror or shiny surface such as foil, a CD, or the bottom of a can to attract attention.
  • Light: Using a flashlight or other light source turn on and off 3 times, and then wait 10-15 seconds to repeat.
  • Fire: Create a large signal fire by adding green vegetation to your fire. For best results, create 3 fire platforms that can be easily and quickly lit.
  • Flagging: Using a t-shirt, bandanna, or other material create a flag to wave at potential rescuers.
  • Ground-to-air: To make ground-to-air marker, use anything that contrasts with the ground. Make sure it is big and visible. Common markers: SOS or HELP  Emergency Ground to Air Code:
      • V: Needs Assistance
      • X: Needs Emergency Assistance
      • ->: Direction of Travel

    Navigation
    With proper planning you should have taken a compass and a map with you on your adventure, and you should have the ability to properly read a map and use a compass. Often time’s people find themselves lost, and unable to determine direction, because they failed to be prepared.

    Determine General Direction (Northern Hemisphere) If you can see the sun, you can use an analog watch as a protractor to determine an approximate direction. Ensure it is set to the correct local time. If you don’t have a watch but time, simply draw a watch.
    Point the hour hand towards the sun, and bisect the angle between the hour hand and 12 o’clock. That is your North South Line.

Dead Reckoning When navigating across land, you’re less likely to get lost if you take direct bearing from one feature to another. This will prevent you from going in circles.
When obstacles are in your way simply box around them, or use your pace beads to pace out around the object.

Using these simple rescue techniques could greatly increase your odds of rescue and survival.  Be sure to watch the corresponding video below for further instructor, and as always be sure to share and subscribe.

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Sale goes from February 15 – March 31st, 2017

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Summer Survival Instructor Program

Summer Survival Instructor Program Now Available!!

NEW!! Due to high demand we will now be offering a Summer Survival Instructor Program!

Summer Survival Instructor ProgramWe are excited to be able to offer the new Summer Survival Instructor Program.  The summer program will have the same high standards, but be broken up into two phases.  Take Phase 1 over the summer your first year, and Phase 2 the following year.

Phase 1 will consist of the Survival Standard, The Advanced Standard, Wildcrafter, and Primitive Bowyer. (3 Weeks)

Phase 2 will consist of a short review, Advanced Primitive Skills, Scout Knife Only, and SERE. (3 Weeks)

We take our training serious, and we have high expectations for our instructors.  The intent of this program is not to water down the training, but to make it more accessible to those who are unable to take off for the entire 45 days.  It is our mission to grow the self-reliance community, by producing the top instructors. Students will be required to check-in between phases, complete monthly assignments, and log so many hours of dirt time.  Upon completion of Phase 1 & 2 students will graduate as a Level 1 Certified Instructor; however in order to teach for Sigma 3 you will also need to complete the Level 2 Instructor Certification.

We will still continue to offer our 45 Day program which we highly recommend.  Be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.  Space is extremely limited.

Course focus

In this program you will start with the survival priorities and then build on them to increase your bushcraft knowledge. Sigma 3 doesn’t teach you how to get out of the woods; we teach you how to live in them. You will become proficient in shelter, water, fire, food, tools, medical, bow making, navigation, and much more. You will learn all these survival skills with primitive methods as well as modern ones. Sigma 3 specializes in not only surviving, but we take our students knowledge level to such a high degree that you will be very comfortable anywhere you travel in the world. Knowledge weighs nothing and we are going to throw every bit of knowledge we possibly can at you, so be prepared! If you want to challenge yourself and learn these skills intensively and all in one blast, then this is the program for you!

Course goals

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The point of this course is to teach an average person to walk off into the wilderness with nothing but a knife and survive indefinitely in comfort! This is the most comprehensive wilderness survival course on the market today! No other school offers such a diverse set of skills in one course and all in one session. This course is designed to take the average person and turn them into a well-trained survival instructor, capable of living off the land for long periods of time with minimal equipment.

Who are your instructors?

Founder / Head Instructor: Robert Allen

Director / Lead Instructor: Justin Williams

Gear For Classes

What survival gear do I need to take the course?

All equipment needed for the Summer Survival Instructor Program can be purchased through our Survival Store, everything listed on the survival store is items we recommend and carry ourselves. You are not required to purchase these exact items through us in order to attend course. You just need the same equipment and of similar quality! The items we offer are the best you can get for the money and we highly recommend these same items no matter where you buy them.

Minimum gear recommendations

  • Fixed Blade Knife between 4-6″, preferable a scandi grind
  • Folding Saw
  • Tarp and Poncho for shelters
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Flashlight and headlamp w/ extra batteries
  • Large Roll of Paracord
  • Outdoor Clothing, boots, and bug spray
  • Wet weather gear
  • Wool Socks
  • Stainless Steel Canteen
  • Water Filter
  • Fire starting kit; must have ferro rod
  • Packable fishing kit
  • Cook Kit
  • Medium to Large Backpack
  • Medical Kit (you will be responsible for your own healthcare)
  • Hygiene Kit (you will be responsible for your own hygiene; you can bathe in the creek or find a local venue to bathe at.)

*All items needed can be found on our survival store and the items we carry on the store are what we recommend for classes.

Material Fees:  These staves are pre-dried for two years and in perfect working condition. Hickory Stave $125. Course will include any other materials needed to finish bow. You can pay via credit/debit card when you arrive. Optional recommended items: farriers rasp and draw knife.

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Food and water

You will provide your own food for most of the course. Water will be provided at the property. In some sections of the course, you will live from the land but when learning you will need to provide your own meals, which is about 33 days’ worth. We recommend quick ready to eat field type meals for convenience such as our in house camp ready meals.

  • Local eateries, grocery stores, and other amenities are available locally. You will have plenty of time to procure any items you need.
  • Military MRE’s

Local groceries and supplies

Walmart is within a short drive and several other stores as well. So you can get food locally very easily. We prefer you drive a vehicle to class, as vehicles will be needed during certain portions of the course. If your flying in then you can usually team up with other instructor candidates that brought a car to the course, which many usually do. In some portions of the course we will procure our food from the land, but in most sections of the course you will need to provide your own food. The links above are our recommendations for camp food. Please help support Sigma 3 by purchasing your food and equipment through our store instead of other vendors. The funds are used to make the courses better and the school bigger for your benefit!

Licenses

During the class we will be doing some hunting and fishing and you will be required to purchase an Missouri state hunting and fishing license. I would advise you to not get your license until you get here. They can be bought at numerous local stores. And you don’t need the annual license. Average cost $50 or less. Call for more details if you have questions.

Weapons

If you have a favorite rifle or concealed carry weapon that you would like to bring. It’s welcome at our camp! Licensed concealed carry is allowed and recommended. Missouri is also an open carry/constitutional carry state, so gun laws are very flexible here. And we have a personal shooting range that can be utilized on your off time throughout the course.

Video Compilation of Instructor Course Experience


Here is a compilation from one of our Level 1 Graduates that video documented his experience at SIGMA 3. He got a full time job working as lead instructor of another outdoor training organization upon graduation. With paid salary, vacation, and benefits.  He is now our Director of Operations. We’ve had numerous graduates get job offers after completing this course.

ATTENTION: During the first two weeks, you will be paired with other standard courses running back to back. Our reason for doing this is that we want to be able to pick out the advanced students that already have a basic understanding of bushcraft and see how they interact with other students that are new to the skills. You will be gauged on how quickly you learn the skills and then move on to help others that are struggling. Remember that you are coming here to become instructors so we will be gauging your ability to relay learned information to others. You will also be expected to maintain a positive mental attitude and good demeanor throughout the course. You cannot pass this program without the strong ability to deal with others and a positive mental attitude at all times. If your a whiner, your assured to not make it!

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

You will have to successfully complete all aspects of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 course curriculum and reproduce these skills under harsh conditions. In order to graduate you have to meet the requirements of each section of the course. This class is difficult to pass not because of the demands we put on students but the burden mother nature plays on the course. People who fail do so because they don’t have the endurance to muster through tough conditions. Not because they can’t learn and complete the tasks. Every class is different in it’s graduation rate because each course has such a unique makeup of people. Some classes we have passed 80% of students and other classes have had very high drop out rates. You will pass the course if you muster through and stay determined. Phase 2 is the only section you absolutely can’t fail – Scout Survival and SERE! These are Go or No Go phases of the course!

REGISTER:

July 13-August 2, 2017 – Summer Phase 1; Mansfield, MO

Brand New! Improvements to Survival Camp

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Check out our brand new signs that we have added to our main survival camp in Arkansas. The signs are at the entrance to the primitive camp, where we have examples of dozens of different survival shelter types. Group photos will now be taken under the sign after every class. We will also be adding new signs to our upcoming 3D archery range, the primitive weapons golf course, and the primitive trapping area round robin that we are building! We have also recently added two 18′ Tipi’s to the survival camp for our apprentices to sleep in. More is coming to the training schedule soon and don’t forget to check out our deal in the Survival Store.

Also if you haven’t checked the schedule we now have classes in Virginia at a large permaculture farm. We have classes coming up right after Christmas, so if you are the east coast and havebeen wanting to train with us then here is your chance! Survival Training Calendar

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