NEW Bundle Packages!!

Have you ever looked at our programs, and couldn’t decide which course you would like to take more? Right now we have some exciting new Bundle Packages we are offering for a limited time.  The more courses you choose the more money you save.  Be sure to check them out.

BUNDLE PACKAGES

*COMBO 1: STANDARD & ADVANCED STANDARD $795

*COMBO 2: STANDARD, ADVANCED STANDARD, & PRIMITIVE BOWYER $995 (+BOW STAVE)

*COMBO 3: STANDARD, ADVANCED STANDARD, PRIMITIVE BOWYER, TRAPPER, WILDCRAFTER, SCOUT SURVIVAL CHALLENGE $1495 (+BOW STAVE)

Call us to register for a combo package today.  

45 Days from Life Change!!

survival instructor program

Life has a way of tearing you down. It can be extremely difficult to carry the weight of it all. Many are aware that I took the 45 Day Instructor Course in the Spring of 2016, but what most don’t know is “WHY” I took the program. I will get into that shortly, but I wan’t you to first understand there are many reasons people take this course.  For some it is the thought of one day teaching survival for a living, for others they want to join the Sigma team, but for most it is the opportunity to reconnect with nature.  Each of those are amazing reasons to attend this course.

 

survival instructor programFor me, I was going through a very dark time.  I had lost my career (my calling), my best friend just went to jail for 40 years, and some people I thought had my back abandoned me.  The crappy thing about it all, is none of this was my doing. It was the direct actions of another.  I had lost all hope.  $4,000 for a survival course seems like a far stretch, but at that time I would have paid a million dollars for a sense of relief and purpose again.

survival instructor programWhen I first arrived at Sigma 3 I was so excited.  For 45 days I didn’t have to worry about anything except what I was going to eat, and where I was going to sleep. The heavy load completely lifted off my shoulders.  From there, the rest was history.  I am happy to say I was able to let go, and learn to forgive.  Healing took place on that mountain.

Here are many of the life changing benefits that can come from immersing yourself into the wild:

  • Fresh Perspective
  • New Beginning
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Independence from Artificial Establishments
  • Friendships that Last
  • Confidence in Your Abilities
  • Self-Realization like Never before
  • Oneness with Nature
  • Appreciation for the little things.
  • Stronger Relationships with Family
  • Freedom to Rediscover Who YOU ARE.
  • & PEACE!

Not to even mention the skills you will learn, and the doors of opportunity that will open. As soon as I graduated I was invited to be a guest instructor at several survival schools, and even got a couple full-time teaching opportunities.  I decided to take a job as the full-time survival instructor for a school based in South Carolina.  I was super excited, but my heart was always in the Ozarks.   My family and I moved to the Carolinas in the Summer of 2016, and within 6 months I had created an established survival program there.   At the end of 2016 Rob (Sigma 3 Owner) decided it was time for me to come home, and he offered me the Director of Operations and Lead Instructor position at Sigma 3.  Since then I have been leading the Sigma program, and together with Rob’s guidance we continue to run one of the largest and most comprehensive survival schools in the World.

So if you are like me, and need a fresh start then consider the 45 Days Instructor Program.  I know you won’t regret it. REGISTER HERE!

See my journey here:

Top Underrated Survival Skills

For many survival has become more than a hobby, it is a way of life.  The survival industry is a vast and ever growing community built around developing self-reliance skills and reconnecting with nature.  It is in this exciting pursuit many skills get overlooked and in some cases are underrated.  The thought of rubbing two sticks together is exhilarating… “I am man, I have made fire!” It carries this sense of accomplishment that I have not found in any other skill.  Then there is building this mansion in the woods from only what nature provided.  In comparison to our modern day homes it is nothing but some simple sticks put together to build a shelter, but that child like part of us sees an amazing fort capable of withstanding the weight of the world.  Each of these are vital skills as well as many others, but what about the ones that are just as essential, but not as popular.  Are we setting people up for failure, or maybe even… injury or death?  These are the Most Underrated Survival Skills that I think everyone should be implementing.

#1 SAFETY – I am not talking about creating safe places in the woods where everyone wears a bubble suit, although I could see that happening in today’s society.  I am referring to teaching people good body mechanics as they move through the woods, safe food handling practices,  proper knife/axe/hatchet/saw techniques, developing solid communication chains (filling out an ISOPREP Report, and leaving with someone you trust), and understanding one’s own capabilities.

#2 SECURITY – Many times we associate the term security with tactical or firearms training, and in many ways those are vital to security, but what about the soft skills such as shelter location, perimeter alarms, predator deterrents (bear bags, bear spray, etc), how to respond to predators, and then the most dangerous animal in the woods… man.  Knives can be carried where guns cannot.  I highly recommend you develop some knife fighting skills.

#3 SELF-AID – I just spent 8 days training in some intensive wilderness medical skills, and realized that my knowledge of proper wilderness self-aid was sorely lacking.  I am grateful for this eye opening experience, and plan to make it a priority in my training.  I think every individual should at least know how to control/stop bleeding and create a sling, splint, and sprain wrap.  Want a real challenge? Try putting a splint and sling on your own without any assistance.

Vital Items every medic pack should contain:

#4 SIGNALING/SELF-RESCUE (NAVIGATION)  – With some basic navigation training there would be far fewer people getting lost in the woods.  Even something as simple as terrain association could make a huge difference.  I have been an avid woodsman for over 10 years, and I have been known to get turned around from time to time myself. I have found that just taking a few seconds every 100 yards to identify key features in your surroundings help immensely.  Carrying a good compass and understanding how it works is important as well.

#5 SANITATION (HYGIENE) – Last but not least sanitation and hygiene are rarely if ever talked about in the survival community, and the lack of sanitation is probably the number one reason for stomach bugs and infection.  Keeping your camp clean and tidy will promote good health and morale.  Designate areas for waste elimination (restrooms) at least 75-100 yards outside of camp.  Properly wash your hands when possible.  Even some coarse sand in the creek rubbed on your hands will help.  Bring toilet paper and bury/burn, or make sure you understand which plants or rocks work great for wiping.

I hope you enjoyed this post, my intentions were not to educate you in each of these areas; however to bring them to your attention so you might research and seek out proper education in these areas.  Please show your support Sigma 3 by sharing this blog post, and shopping with the provided links in this post.

Justin “Sage” Williams
Director of Operations/
Lead Instructor
Sigma 3 Survival School

Sigma Satellites – Join the Team!

We are excited to announce our Sigma Satellites; a new and simple way to join the Sigma family. We have a proud honored group of instructors and affiliates, and it is our passion to incorporate the best in the industry. Unfortunately, for many they cannot take off 45 Days to become a certified instructor, and that is why we are launching multiple satellite training locations across the country.

Sigma Satellites provide land owners the opportunity to host training courses on their property which allows them to participate in training without travelling.  It also, provides many of our certified instructors the opportunity to teach.

This new program offers profit split with land owners that allow us to host training courses on their land. They will receive 10% of all gross profits from each course and their immediate family will receive unlimited free training at all classes hosted at their site. We have around 4 new properties we are adding at the moment and if you have an interest in having us host classes at your property, then contact us and we can discuss details. Please share this and tag your friends that might be interested and own land.

Join the Team! Host Course! Become a Sigma Satellite!

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.