Outdoor Survival Training

Specialist Survival Course (1-Day Course)

Sometimes we need to be trained to a much higher level than a basic course – especially if being lost or stranded in the bush lasts for more than one night…which is why a specialist level of outdoor survival training will make all the difference.

The majority of people don’t often think about the dangers they could face if things turn serious when out hiking, skiing, or working remotely etc.

This turn of events can leave them badly equipped to cope with this kind of challenging scenario and lead to them becoming mentally and physically unprepared for such an emergency situation.

outdoor survival training - Dakota fire pitQuite simply, the better prepared you are and the more specialised knowledge and training you acquire, the less shocked and vulnerable you will feel – which ultimately helps you to react more calmly and make better-informed decisions.

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

SCT’s one day Specialist Survival Course is designed to take your critical ability, knowledge, and practical application to the highest level, using advanced survival techniques that are required in a wilderness environment.

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 advanced skills taught on our 1-day outdoor survival training course (Specialist Survival Course) will help you to become self-sufficient, allow you to deal with any number of survival situations, and keep you safe in the field.

Afterwards, you will have greatly increased your overall survival and fieldcraft, knowledge – including how to convert undrinkable seawater into fresh drinking water, using an improvised desalination device!

This is an absolute must-know technique in Australia, where we are fortunate to predominantly live near the coast, or on one of the thousands of islands that make up our amazingly diverse terrain.

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

Our Specialist Survival Course will enhance all of your outdoor adventures and create a more extensive respect for nature – as well as giving you that all important peace of mind.

This course teaches advanced skills and uses modern survival and wilderness techniques, lifting your knowledge base and sheer skill level above and beyond our Advanced Survival Course.

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 4:30pm.


Course Syllabus – Specialist Survival Course

Duration: 1 day – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: $238 (adult), $198 (child) – which includes: 1 day of survival & bushcraft instruction from a fully qualified instructor, hot beverages, land use fees, insurance and your own emergency rescue whistle to take home. This Specialist Survival & Bushcraft Course will be held on a small, wild island or in pristine bushland where we can explore and practise more closely being in the field. We’ll be using nature much more to our advantage on this course.

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

It is a pre-requisite for students to attend the Advanced Survival Course prior to attending this course

Skills covered:

  • Building a bed platform to get you completely off the ground in your shelter.
  • Making a Dakota Fire Pit in the ground.
  • How to create all-important tinder from your clothing.
  • Improvising a desalination device – allowing you to convert undrinkable seawater into fresh drinking (potable) water.
  • Making a spring snare trap to catch larger animals.
  • Learning different ‘trigger’ mechanisms for varied snares (allowing you to catch either land animals or fish).
  • Using techniques to whittle wood in order to make various grooves, notches, trigger mechanisms, and other key items.
  • Constructing a ‘debris shelter.’
  • Making a fog catcher – ideal particularly in higher terrains for collecting drinkable water.

There are numerous practical skills to be learnt on our outdoor survival training 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.

Our 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 high level of skills you will take away from this course are even more advanced in terms of survival ability than our Advanced Survival Course, while also being easily retainable and utilising everyday equipment.

outdoor survival training - spring snare trapThis course incorporates a diverse set of wilderness concepts and techniques that will enable you to make thoroughly informed decisions about what you should do next in an emergency and in which priority.

Once completed, you will have gained a real sense of self-confidence and genuine ability to allow you to explore much further afield into the great outdoors, whether it be in Australia or overseas.

There is nothing like having the right knowledge and practical capability to allow you to venture further into nature…and to be able to potentially lead others in times of crisis as well.

Just stepping out into the bush with these advanced skills will mean you will feel prepared and ready to tackle just about anything nature throws at you.

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.