Know More - Carry Less
Do you have what it takes to survive an unexpected night outdoors in the local mountains? No matter how prepared you are, unexpected gear failure, navigation error, lost trails, and injuries can all leave you far from home when darkness falls. Learn the valuable survival skills you need to face this situation, even with minimum gear, and make it home alive!
This course is designed for those who enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing in the lower mainland. The focus of this course is on basic survival skills using minimal resources. Building shelters, starting fires, finding food and water… these are only part of what you will learn this weekend. Join us now, Learn the psychology of survival, and find inner strength you never knew you had!
Scheduled Survival Courses
Backcountry Survival Level 1
The Backcountry Survival certification does not expire, but regular refresher sessions are recommended. Certification or refresher training within the last 2 years will be a required prerequisite for the upcoming Backcountry Survival Level 2.
48 consecutive hours at our location near Stave Lake, outside of Mission.
LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS
This course is being held at our beautiful survival training location among the trees near Stave Lake, outside of Mission, BC. Come prepared for a proper overnight winter camp on the first night, with tents, stoves, proper gear, etc… After training all day on Saturday, you will be expected to spend the second night with minimal resources. A full gear list is below.
12+ Years Old
KEY TOPICS COVERED
Backcountry Survival Level 1 is an introductory course, designed to prepare those with little or no survival background. The course includes fundamental bushcraft skills, such as shelter building, fire starting, basic body needs, and finding food and water. More importantly, Backcountry Survival 1 will familiarize you with the psychology of survival, training you to master the perfectly natural, but ultimately deadly, instinctual fears and behaviours that threaten to overwhelm the untrained when they find themselves lost in the backcountry.
When you train with Coast Wilderness Medical Training, you get an unparalleled focus on hands-on and scenario-based learning. This ensures you have the skills and confidence to provide medical care under all sorts of conditions, even if evacuation is hours or days away. Through short lectures, interactive skill stations, and tons of realistic practice scenarios, you will learn to survive in relative comfort with limited resources in austere environments.
Scott’s interest in survival and bushcraft started when he was a 12 year old cadet. He had the privilege to hone these critical skills in the Canadian Forces, as well as through joint training exercises in the SERE (Search, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) program. This love has followed him his whole life, and he continues to keep up to date on new techniques, which he puts into practice during his frequent survival trips in the Pacific Northwest.
Scott’s instructional background goes back over 20 years, beginning with the Canadian Cadet Program, and then progressing to 12 years with the Department of National Defence, where he instructed Cadets and Reservists on topics including Aircrew Survival, Bushcraft, Navigation, Search, and Leadership.
Since 2011 Scott has been a full time Firefighter with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, and has taught upcoming Emergency Medical Services members in Canada through the Red Cross, and in El Salvador through FRITA (Fire Rescue International Training Association).
An evening will be set to meet 1-2 weeks before your course date. This will give the students a chance to meet each other, and to meet Scott, before the training. It is an opportunity to ask questions, discuss gear, and generally be familiar with their upcoming survival training session.
Day One (Evening)
The course begins with a short (less than two hours) evening hike to our outdoor survival training area, near Stave Lake, outside of Mission. The first night is a get-to-know-each other night, where we will learn a bit about each other’s backgrounds and what experiences and skills you bring to the group. During the evening session, we will also discuss wilderness survival principles, field kits, communications, incident response, and risk mitigation.
Day Two (Day)
Day Two is an intensive training day, which you will spend learning valuable physical and psychological skills. You can expect to become familiar with fundamental backcountry survival knowledge, including fire-starting, shelter building, survival psychology, incident management, and how to acquire and prepare food and water in austere environments. This is in preparation for your solo overnight survival experience, which begins as the sun goes down!
Day Two (Overnight)
In the evening, you will use your newfound skills to build a shelter, and then spend the night next to a lovely fire, in the cozy shelter you built yourself! (Backup tents will be available.)
Day Three (Day)
Day three begins with a discussion and debrief of the solo experience over coffee. Then, you will learn skills like navigation, route finding, and signalling, embarking on short hikes to put these newfound skills into practice. Around 3 PM we will hike back to the cars, and return to the city.
Sleeping Bag (To Current Conditions)
Food as Required
Stove (as backup)
Survival Blanket or Bivy
Tarp (2X3 M. Sil-Tarp is Recommended)
Optional / Recommended
Pristine or other Chemical Water Treatment
Personal First Aid Kit
Note Pad & Pencil
Layers Appropriate For the Season (No Cotton!)
Hat with Sun Visor
Sunglasses (100% UV protection)
Water Bottle (1-2 Liters)
Compass (w/ Mirror and Sighting Sytem)
Knife (Multitool is Recommended)
Personal Kit (Toothbrush, Foot Care, Toilet Paper, etc… keep to minimum)
Sunscreen (Minimum SPF 30)
Fire Starting Tools (Metal Matches, Stormproof Matches, Flint & Steel, etc…)
Insect Repellent (Seasonal)
Rope or Cord (Paracord is Recommended)