The survival standard is our most popular wilderness survival course and it teaches people who are new to the survival training the most important basic skills in a wilderness survival situation. Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Tools, & Navigation! Let me be clear that our survival courses are not designed to teach you how to get out of the woods, but how to live in them. If you can live in the woods then you have no fear of getting lost in them. This is the first of 3 wilderness survival standard courses that will slowly transition you from doing skills in isolation in our camp, to a full blown expert survivalist that is capable of living completely off the land. The survival standard is very comprehensive and covers a multitude of different subjects about wilderness survival with and without modern equipment.
This class is very intensive and is almost entirely hands on with very little lecture time. Most of the five days will actually be spent doing physical work and you will practice building and using all the skills/items listed below. This course is the first step in learning how to be completely self reliant in the wilderness and by completing our entire wilderness survival standard program you will quickly become a completely self reliant survival expert! Check our Wilderness Survival Certification page for more info on becoming certified through SIGMA 3 Survival School.
Skills Sets Taught include:
-Building primitive shelters Hot and Cold weather shelter, wet weather shelter; Modified
Debris Hut/A frame Platform Debris Bed; Emergency shelters that can be constructed quickly
-Procuring water with primitive methods including: tapping trees and using plants to purify water, Sip Wells, solar purification, rock boiling, conservation of fluids, dew
collection, as well as several modern methods for purifying water.
-Fire making techniques including: tinder prep, fire stacking methods, firesteel, primitive bow drill, creating an all night fire, and much more!
-Fishing methods including: primitive fishing traps, modern methods with limited tools, survival fishing techniques
-Primitive and Modern trapping: the use of conibear traps, modern/primitive snares, pauite deadfall, figure four deadfall, T-bar snare, etc. We have an entire primitive trapping area of camp with lots of examples for you to look over!
-Primitive Hunting techniques includes: throwing stick, stalking, camo
-Tracking/ the student will be taught the basics of sign tracking for procuring food
-Primitive Navigation Methods
-And many more techniques to increase your survivability and bush comfort.
Day 1- Students will build at least three primitive shelters.
Day 2- Comprehensive breakdown of several primitive and modern methods for water procurement
Day 3- Fire/we will be practicing primitive and modern fire making for the entire day.
Day 4- Food procurement methods/ Sit spot, pauite deadfall, split stick figure four, conibear traps and modern snares, yo yo traps, wild edibles, fish spear, and much more.
Day 5- Tools/ Sit spot, Improvised cutting tools, using sandstone, methods of rescue, cordage making, throwing stick, 22 shooting, primitive navigation
NOTE: Each student will receive either a certificate of completion or our a Official Sigma 3 Survival Basic Certification if you can pass the tests throughout the course. Check the requirements for more info on becoming certified!
Length: 5 days/4 nights
Equipment Needed: Fixed blade knife preferable a mora style knife, outdoor clothing, boots, overnight camping gear, small backpack, and food/water. Check Recommended items list for more details! Please contact us if you have questions about the gear needed. We have knives and axes available for use at camp if you don’t have one.
ATTENTION: This course will be conducted entirely within our primitive camp. Backpacking equipment not needed, as we will stay close to our camp at all times. We also have a 4 wheeler to haul all gear back and forth! Bring whatever you need!
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