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