Survival Courses and Training

survival training uk

Realistic environmental survival training is not about big knives and fire by friction - it's about making good decisions. Do you stay where you are or move towards rescue? Expend energy on building a complex shelter or find shelter where you can?
We work with clients of all types to develop realistic and relevant survival training courses based on case studies, and the extensive experience of our team of instructors.
We deliver courses both as part of the EST Framework and as tailored training packages to meet the individual needs of our clients.

basic forest survival course

(Level 1) Forest Survival Course

A Level 1 EST Framework course focusing on the basics of survival in a wooded or forested environment. Subjects covered over 2 days include:

  • Emergency and improvised shelters using natural and synthetic materials
  • Firelighting using a variety of techniques
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Simple cordage and knots
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • Safe use of simple cutting tools
  • Equipment choice and use
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques
This course is delivered over two days and entirely outdoors.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or at our site in North Wales.

There are no training pre-requisites for this course but a minimum level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
L1 Forest Survival Course Dates (Public)Contact Us for More Information
basic mountain survival training

(Level 1) Mountain Survival Course

A Level 1 EST Framework course focusing on the basics of survival in mountain and open upland environments.

This course is designed to be a companion to the L1 Forest Survival course and is based on the upland and mountain areas of the UK.

Subjects covered over 2 days include:

  • Emergency and improvised shelters using natural and synthetic materials
  • Equipment choice and pre-trip preparations
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Moving over rough ground
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • Basic navigation (note - this is not a navigation course, please see Navigation training stream)
  • Route planning and expedition logistics
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques and decision making
This course is delivered over two days and entirely outdoors in a mountain environment.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or with us in North Wales.

There are no training pre-requisites for this course but a minimum level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
L1 Mountain Survival Course Dates (Public)Contact Us for More Information
Intermediate Forest Survival course

(Level 2) Intermediate Forest Survival

A Level 2 EST Framework course covering the skills and techniques of survival in a wooded or forested environment.

Subjects covered in outdoor sessions:

  • Medium-term shelters using natural and synthetic materials
  • Firelighting using a variety of techniques in all conditions
  • Survival foraging, trapping and hunting
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Extended use of cordage and knots
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • Safe use of simple cutting tools
  • Equipment choice and use
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques
This course is delivered over three days and entirely outdoors.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or at our site in North Wales.

Those attending this course will need to have completed some basic training such as the L1 Forest Survival, the L1 Campcraft course or equivalent. A good level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
L2 Intermediate Forest Survival Course Dates (Public)Contact Us for More Information
intermediate mountain survival training

(Level 2) Intermediate Mountain Survival

A Level 2 EST Framework course focusing on the skills of survival in mountain and open upland environments.

This course is designed to be a companion to the L1 and L2 Forest Survival courses and is based on the upland and mountain areas of the UK.

Subjects covered over 3 days include:

  • Finding shelter below the snowline and unplanned benightment
  • Equipment choice and pre-trip preparations
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Moving over rough ground (including basic scrambling)
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • River crossings
  • Route planning and expedition logistics
  • Dealing with medical and trauma incidents in remote areas (please note - this is not a first aid course but we can arrange for separate training)
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques and decision making
This course is delivered over three days and entirely outdoors in a mountain environment. There is an overnight camp in bivvy bags on the second night.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or with us in North Wales.

Those attending this course need to have received some basic mountain environment safety or survival training PLUS some basic navigation training. We recommend our L1 Mountain Survival course and the L1 Basic Land Navigation course. Due to the strenuous nature of the course a good level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
L2 Mountain Survival Course Dates (Public)Contact Us for More Information
advanced forest survival course

(Level 3) Advanced Forest Survival

A Level 3 EST Framework course building on existing skills for long-term survival in forested and woodland environments.

This is an assessed course.

Subjects covered over 5 days include:

  • Long-term and extreme cold weather shelters using natural and synthetic materials
  • Firelighting using a variety of techniques in all conditions
  • Survival foraging, trapping and hunting
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Extended use of cordage and knots
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • Safe use of simple cutting tools
  • Equipment choice and use
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques
This course is delivered over five days and entirely outdoors.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or at our site in North Wales.

Those attending this course will need to have received some significant subject-relevant training previously, such as the L2 Intermediate Forest Survival course. Due to the strenuous nature of the course a minimum level of good fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
L3 Advanced Forest Survival Course Dates (Public)Contact Us for More Information
advanced mountain survival training

(Level 3) Advanced Mountain Survival

A Level 3 EST Framework course with in-depth training on the skills of UK mountain and upland survival on both above and below the snowline.

This course is a continuation of the L2 Mountain Survival course and includes an assessment.

Subjects covered over 5 days include:

  • Finding shelter above and below the snowline and unplanned benightment in all weather
  • Snowholes and emergency snow shelters
  • Camping and campcraft in cold weather
  • Equipment choice and pre-trip preparations
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Moving over rough ground (including basic scrambling)
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • River crossings
  • Route planning and expedition logistics
  • Dealing with medical and trauma incidents in remote areas (please note - this is not a first aid course but we can arrange for separate training)
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques and decision making
This course is delivered over five days and entirely outdoors in the Scottish Highlands. There is at least one night spent camping in the mountains, depending on the weather.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or with us in Scotland.

Those attending this course need to have received some basic mountain environment safety or survival training PLUS some basic navigation training. We recommend our L1 Mountain Survival course and the L1 Basic Land Navigation course. Due to the strenuous nature of the course a good level of fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
L3 Advanced Survival Course Dates (Public)Contact Us for More Information

Bespoke Survival Training Courses

We can deliver environmental survival and outdoor safety training courses in several ways:

  • As a modified version of one our existing EST Framework Courses
  • By combining several of our EST Framework Courses into a single delivery package - e.g. Level 1 Forest Survival plus Level 1 Basic Land Navigation
  • By creating a training event or programme based upon the specific needs of the client

Whatever your survival training needs are - we can help. We have a network of trainers and logistics providers that we work alongside and can deliver a training solution that meets your mission needs.

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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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