Instructor Training Pathways

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We have been working within the UK outdoor training, safety and activity industry for over a decade - delivering training to the general public, outdoor professionals and those who teach others within the outdoor environment.

Our structured training programme - the EST Framework - includes courses that are aimed at outdoor professionals, instructors and leaders. The courses not only cover in-depth the essential skills of that training stream but also the techniques for teaching those skills to others.

If you have any questions about these courses or want to enquire further please get in touch using the methods below.

Survival Training Stream


Survival Instructor Training

Through this training stream we have delivered environmental survival training to the military, emergency services, work and industry and media clients.

The courses in this training stream include environment-specific survival training for mountain, coastal and forest operating environments.

The focus is on realstic and relevant survival training, not fantasy and Hollywood-influenced content that does not work in the real world.

Our training pathway for Survival Training is a progression from entry-level courses through to advanced instructor training.


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Wild Food Training Stream


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Wild Food Instructor Training

The interest in learning about wild food and foraging has never been higher. Our clients in this training stream include outdoor instructors, media professionals, the military and those working in remote areas.

Our foraging courses focus on foraging inland (fields, woodlands and waysides), coastal areas and for fungi. We also run courses for cooking and preparation of wild food in a camp environment.

The focus is on safe, ethical and legal acquisition of wild food plus foraging over longer periods.

Our training pathway for Foraging and Wild Food Training is a progression from entry-level courses through to advanced instructor training.


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Search Operations Training Stream


Search Instructor Training

This training stream focuses on the skills required for search and rescue and search operations on land.

The courses in this training stream include tracking and search field skills, management of teams on the ground and planning a search operation from start to finish.

Previous recipients of this training include mountain and lowland SAR teams, USAR and HART and Police AFO teams.

Our training pathway for Search Operations Training is a progression from entry-level courses through to advanced instructor training.


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Navigation Training Stream


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Navigation Instructor Training

Navigation training for the modern user goes far beyond just map-and-compass use. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS/GPS) and instinctive/natural navigation can be included in a tiered syllabus that is suitable for users of all types.

This training stream covers conventional land navigation at all levels plus GPS use and natural navigation.

The content is pitched for all user types, from recreational users to SAR teams, law enforcement, emergency services and outdoor professionals.

Our training pathway for Navigation Instructor Training is a progression from entry-level courses through to advanced instructor training.


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Work and Industry Training Stream


Lone Working Instructor Training

This training stream runs in close parallel to the Survival Training Stream but focuses more on the requirements of those working alone or in small groups in remote areas.

Previous recipients of this training include media professionals, ecologists and environmental consultants, wind farm and energy contractors, geologists and security contractors.

Our training pathway for Remote Area Training is a progression from entry-level courses through to advanced instructor training.


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Realistic and relevant
outdoor skills training.

We work with outdoor professionals who want to learn new and relevant outdoor skills that will enhance their existing skillset.
Our instructors deliver the courses based on their own experience within the outdoor safety and survival fields - including SAR, expedition, military and industrial backgrounds

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The EST Framework.

We created the Environmental Survival Training Framework in collaboration with experienced outdoor skills practitioners, education professionals and established clients and training partners. We offer several outdoor skills and safety training courses within a clear structure and training progression from entry-level through to senior instructor.

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