Basic Survival Course

Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course (1-Day Course)

In truth, we don’t know when we might become lost or stranded and find ourselves in an emergency situation that we have not planned for…which is why even a basic survival course will help. Sometimes, these emergency situations can even come in the form of a natural disaster situation close to home (as it can with flooding or bushfires etc), which can take us out of our comfort zone.

The majority of people don’t often think about the dangers they could face or how everyday situations could turn serious and are left unprepared mentally and physically for such a situation. This turn of events can leave them badly equipped to cope with this kind of challenging scenario.

basic survival course - emergency blanket as shelterQuite simply, the better prepared you are – the less shocked and vulnerable you will feel, which ultimately helps you to react more calmly and make better-informed decisions when you have to.

Regardless of whether you’re a hiker, climber, kayaker, hunter, 4WD enthusiast, someone who enjoys the great outdoors or anyone who has to work in remote areas – core survival and wilderness skills can definitely save your life!

SCT’s one day Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course is designed to teach you the critical survival techniques needed in case of emergency in a wilderness environment and is an ideal introduction to the essential skills of survival and bushcraft, which leads into our other courses.

The main difference between survival and bushcraft courses is that survival training focuses on an emergency situation, whereas bushcraft does not. The two skill sets are fundamentally similar, they just have a different core at their centre. Take a look at all of our survival courses here.

Bushcraft happens to be the overarching parent subject that survival training comes from, with survival training concentrating on more of the essential physical and mental skills required to cope with an emergency situation or natural disaster – with the ultimate goal of being rescued or returning to an area of safety by yourself (self-rescue).

The diverse range of skills taught on our 1-day basic survival course (Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course) will help to develop confidence, keep you safe in the field and increase your overall survival and emergency preparedness knowledge.

Even if you’re lucky enough to never be in a real-life survival situation, the broader knowledge, resourcefulness, ability to think laterally, and other skill sets from SCT’s wilderness and survival training are fun and exciting in their own right.

Our emergency preparedness course will enhance all your outdoor adventures and create a more extensive respect for nature – as well as being applicable to an urban environment.

This course teaches different skills and uses modified scenarios to our 1-day Essential Basic Survival Course…while still teaching fundamental skills. It’s an exhilarating day of hands-on survival and fieldcraft training, which will prepare you both mentally and practically for those times of crisis, beginning at 8:30am and finishing at 5:00pm.


The survival course was really informative and more fun than I thought it’d be! It gave me a new perspective on being resourceful in the wild; how to build shelters, preparing fires, navigating in the bush without a compass, and heaps of other skills. I learnt a lot from the course – especially the practical stuff – which I know I’d be able to use in a survival situation.”

– Julia Anderson, Surgical Nurse (Victoria)

Course Syllabus – Survival & Emergency Preparedness Course

(One of our two basic survival courses that provide the foundation for our other courses)

Duration: 1 day – 8:30am to 5pm

Price: $198 (adult), $158 (child) – which includes: 1 day of survival & bushcraft instruction from a fully qualified instructor, hot beverages, land use fees, insurance and your own fire steel to take home

Minimum age: 12 years (students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Survival priorities (Top 5 Priorities: Shelter, Fire, Water, Signals, Food) and the ‘Rule of 3s.’
  • Survival psychology.
  • Essential equipment and clothing (what to wear and what to take with you in case you have to spend a night in the wilderness).
  • Handy hints for preparedness and how to plan properly for an emergency out in the field (when you can’t rely on mobile coverage).
  • Top tips and what to look for when buying a survival knife.
  • Shelter / protection (heat loss & heat gain mechanisms, location etc.), emergency shelter construction – tarps & natural shelters.
  • How to pitch a ‘hoochie’ with just a poncho.
  • Basic wilderness first aid – including managing snake bites.
  • Effects of snow – how to manage the dangers of hiking/skiing/snowboarding/travelling in the snow.
  • Snow danger – warning signs of hypothermia, how to cope if you’re caught out in a blizzard, how to procure drinking water when it’s locked up in snow.
  • Fire (best types of tinder to carry, fire preparation, correct fire steel usage).
  • Water (how to locate and procure water, water filtration and purification).
  • Rescue (key safety equipment, both types of signalling methods to attract attention).
  • Easy, retainable navigation techniques to find your direction.

There are numerous practical skills to be learnt on these survival courses, so expect a full day and a steep learning curve…but it’s always highly informative, hands-on, and fun at the same time.

basic survival course - navigating using a shadow stickOur qualified instructors are trained in both modern survival techniques, as well as in more traditional fieldcraft, with qualifications from some of the top survival and bushcraft schools globally.

The foundationary skills you will take away from this course are the most critical and instantly retainable. They incorporate a diverse set of concepts and techniques that encompasses the key Priorities of Survival: protection / shelter, warmth / fire, rescue, water, navigation, essential equipment and food.

See our course overview here and learn more about the style and structure of our courses.

Many of the definitions we use are interchangeable (e.g. bushcraft and fieldcraft), although, as discussed, bushcraft and similar terms do differ from survival training slightly. To find a definition, you can view a description of what fieldcraft is here.