The EST Framework

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.

We run training courses across the UK and overseas.

The Environmental Survival Training Framework

Origins of the Framework

Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again - navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.

Training Progression

The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.

Each of the courses are held within a training stream - navigation, survival, campcraft, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.

Training Delivery

All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:

    • Appropriate
    • Realistic
    • Honest
    • Relevant

    Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.

The EST Training Streams

The training courses for the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is split into distinct training streams. Each stream has a clear training progression from Level One (basic), Level Two (intermediate) and Level Three (advanced) in each subject.

There is also a structure for training and assessing instructors for the higher levels of the EST Framework training streams.


Map and compass, courses, Natural Navigation and GPS Use courses.
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Forest, Mountain and Coastal environmental survival courses
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Bushcraft, camp craft and expedition basecamp skills for all environments
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Search Ops

Search Operations training for technicians, trackers, team leaders and search managers
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Wild Food

Foraging and wild food courses for woodland, fields, coastal and everywhere else in the UK.
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Work and Industry

Safety training for lone and remote workers and their managers
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Instructor Training

Training for instructors within the EST Framework
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