The Arctic survival course is our premier cold weather survival training program and if you take this course you will be immersed into full time cold weather survival environment. This course is designed to teach students what it takes to survive in temps down as low as -50 degree temps, with modern gear and primitive bushcraft skills. During the training, you will traverse over a variety of a terrain and get to witness some of the most magical landscapes on the planet. The Aurora Borealis is common occurrence in this part of the world and the beauty of this place cannot be matched by very many places in the world, but despite the beauty of the land it is extremely dangerous if you don’t have the right training. You will travel with modern skis, improvised snowshoes, and will learn how to traverse this terrain with safety and efficiency.
The course will be run by one of the most well known arctic survival instructors in the world. Toby Cowern has been living and training in arctic environments for over 20 years and arguably has more survival experience in this survival specialty than almost anyone else in the world. Having worked for Lofty Wiseman (SAS survival guide author) as his arctic survival instructor for years, Toby has had the privilege to train with the best in some of the toughest environments on the planet. He also live and trains with the Sami people of Sweden quite regularly and they are the masters of that environment having survived there for millenia. During this course we will have the opportunity to visit and train with the Sami people and on the last day we will have a graduation party with them to celebrate the trip. This course will also be accompanied by several of our featured SIGMA 3 instructor cadre as well. Most of which have extensive training in wilderness medical skills in case of emergency. For more info please click here to read about the Lead Arctic Survival Instructor Toby Cowern
What you will learn?
- Cold weather clothing and equipment; reading snow and ice for travel
- Skiing basics, snowshoe travel, using pulks for travel, and snowmobile basics
- Advanced fire making
- Rescue and signaling
- Cold weather injuries and dealing w hypothermia
- Ice fishing and night lines
- Cold weather shelters
- Local Flora and fauna
- Celestial and primitive navigation
- Tracking, trapping, and snaring
- Arctic hygience
- Ice breaking and re-warming drills
- Advanced Arctic Bushcraft
- And much more!
This course will have a wide variety of skill sets, but our primary training objective is to teach you advanced bushcraft and travel tactics for cold weather. The survival priorities are always the same no matter where you find yourself in the world. Shelter, water, fire, food, tools, navigation, and medical skills. Your core temperature regulation is the single most important thing in these training temps, so we will show you a multitude of different ways to stay warm. Shelter, water, and fire always go together and you really need all 3 in order to survive in the arctic survival conditions. Sometimes the order of the 3 might change slightly during different arctic survival scenarios, but you must have all 3 skills mastered at a bare minimum in order to survive short term.
We will focus heavily on the mastery of fire making in this austere environment because great fire making skills can sometimes be more important than shelter and water. In these temps, creating micro-climates in order to warm yourself back up is the single most important skill to have. Once we have mastered these skills we will work to perfect our ability to travel and procure food from the land so that we can sustain ourselves for the long term. In Sweden, the best meat source is fish and we will teach you a plethora of different tactics for ice fishing and making sure that you have those calories to sustain you. Although we will be procuring some game from the land, SIGMA 3 will be providing meals for the course so that the emphasis is on learning and not just surviving. We want you to walk away with skills and not just learn to embrace the suck the whole time.
Instructor Certification Program
The arctic survival course is an add on component to our survival instructor program and will get you closer to achieving either your Level 2 or 3 survival instructor certification. Though you do not need to take our Level 1 Survival Instructor course in order to attend this arctic survival training, you should have some basic outdoor skills at the very minimum. Upon graduation of the arctic survival course you will receive a certificate of graduation and depending on your current certifications, it may increase your teaching qualifications within the SIGMA 3 Survival Instructor program. This arctic survival course adds another environment for instructors to perfect their skills, because we believe you can’t be a totally comprehensive outdoors survival instructor unless you have experience in varying survival environments.
IMPORTANT COURSE DETAILS:
*MAXIMUM OF 8 STUDENTS PER COURSE. RESERVE NOW OR MISS OUT!
*ALL MEALS, IN COUNTRY TRAVEL, & LODGING IS COVERED IN PRICE OF COURSE. THIS TRIP IS ALL INCLUSIVE! THERE IS NO TRIP IN THE WORLD LIKE THIS FOR THESE PRICES OF THIS LENGTH AND INTENSIVE TRAINING.
INSTRUCTORS: Toby Cowern (Lead Instructor) & Robert Allen (Assistant Instructor)
DATES: January 18-29, 2016
LOCATION: Lulea, Sweden (will travel to Lapland area)
QUESTIONS: Please call us @ 479-561-3886 or email at Contact Us
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Sigma 3 Arctic Course Proposal
Equipment Rentals Costs Per Day:
Arctic rated sleeping bags – $20 per day
Goretex Bivvy Bag – $5
Sleeping Pad – $1
Wool mitts w/Leather
Insulative Jacket -$7.50
Tarp – $3
Tent – $30
Spirit Stove (Not incl. Fuel)- $5
*If you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of money on gear you may only use once, it is best to utilize our equipment rental options. We provide access to knives, axes, saws, ice fishing equipment, skis, and pulks as part of the course.
You are responsible for all your own flights to and from Sweden. Flights should be flown in Lulea, Sweden airport. We will pick you up upon arrival to the airport and transport you to Porjus Accommodation Center. From there you will be fitted with equipment such as skis and issued any other needed equipment. From that point we will trek into the wilderness for the next 12 days. On the 13th day, you will return to Lulea