This course provides a more fun look at SERE training for civilians, designed for everyday people to get a taste of what this kind of training is all about.

SCT’s Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) training is a stand-alone, one-day course – separate to our four progressive stages of survival and bushcraft courses. BOOKINGS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST…PLS CALL OR EMAIL US FOR YOUR PREFERRED COURSE DATE FOR THIS COURSE.

Our SERE course has been condensed from the military version in order to turn it into a more relevant and easily digestible format…but remains exciting at the same time!

The concept of military-style combined Escape and Evasion ‘E&E’ training courses that include escape and resistance elements have become popular over the years.

As you may well know – SERE training was originally conceived for downed USAF combat pilots, who found themselves alone and behind enemy lines needing to avoid detection and to make it back alive.

We realise that most civilians will never actually be in a situation where they are alone behind enemy lines or are kidnapped etc (hopefully) – hence why this is designed to be more as an insight, combined with learning serious and practical survival techniques.

sere training for civilians - Dakota fire pit for stealthThat said, however, you never know when this kind of training may come in handy, as many of us travel to various parts of the globe that can easily become dangerous and unstable in a heartbeat, as we’ve seen time and time again in developing countries.

Our focus at SCT is to have genuine tried and tested survival techniques at the core of all of our wilderness training courses, whether through our series of staged courses or our stand-alone ones.

The SERE Survival Training Course For Civilians features many military survival techniques, as well as modern survival and traditional bushcraft practices that you can use in the field.

We also believe that the best method is to not get caught in the first place (concealment and stealth are a main focus of this course).

This specialised survival course is designed to teach you methods for dealing with the mental challenges that come with all survival situations in the bush, as well as the hypothetical scenario of evading a pursuer (in a SERE scenario).

Additionally, it will also teach you to be emotionally strong in the face of natural fear even when you’re lost in the wilderness – while also offering guidance on how to escape potentially hazardous situations.

Here are just a few of the units that will be covered on the SERE training for civilians’ survival course:

>>Learn how to construct natural survival shelters that will protect you from the elements.

>>Learn the art of concealment, camouflage, and how to blend in to your environment.

>>Learn how to navigate using the sun, and the stars.

>>Learn how to defeat the most commonly used hand restraints (plasticuffs, zip ties, cable ties etc).

>> Learn survival psychology; necessary mental training for surviving in the wilderness and being able to adapt and handle being alone in the bush (or an escape situation).

>>Learn how to make an all-important fire that is undetectable.


Duration: 1 day – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: $258 (adult), $218 (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: 15 years (students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

This exciting 1-day basic course will introduce you to a number of military SERE concepts (adapted for civilians), as well as a number of diverse, essential survival and bush skills gleaned from various survival, bushcraft and wilderness rescue concepts.

These core survival and concealment skills and techniques will focus mainly on modern survival methods and some highly innovative ways to stash your critical SERE equipment in secret.

Skills covered:

  • Survival priorities – the ‘Top 5.’
  • Essential SERE equipment / gear to conceal in your clothing and components of your clothing / footwear etc.
  • Survival psychology – to calm nerves / anxiety & control your situation, S.T.O.P., something familiar.
  • Survival knots.
  • Learn how to navigate using the sun during the day, and the stars at night.
  • Constructing a ‘debris shelter’ & other types of natural shelter design.
  • The 6 elements (S’s) of camouflage & concealment.
  • How to apply camo paint for concealment & to ‘flatten’ certain features.
  • How to make a ‘disc knife’ from discarded items.
  • How to make a Dakota Fire Pit in the ground and where to locate it to minimise smoke.
  • How to make a snare to catch small mammals.
  • How to get out of plasticuffs / zip ties etc.
  • Simple and effective signalling (once you’re clear of a threat) to aid in your rescue.

sere training for civilians - camo face paint for concealmentAs I’m sure you will understand, some Escape and Evasion techniques are classified and cannot be taught to the general public under any circumstances.

SERE training for civilians is much sought-after these days and, here at Survival Courses Tasmania (SCT), we have endeavoured to create an ideal blend of real-life SERE philosophies, as well as making it practical for the real world…and enjoyable!

Typical military SERE or E&E training courses carried out by Defence Forces around the world are generally between 15 – 19 days in length, consisting of gruelling and arduous training scenarios and tests.

SERE survival shelter - natural debris shelterAlong with teaching you practical survival tactics and techniques, the course will also enable you to build self-confidence and resilience, plus teamwork will be improved through theoretical and practical exercises that involve hands-on experience as well as a challenging training environment.

It will be held on a small, wild island where we can explore and practise more closely being in the field.

This SERE training for civilians’ course guarantees an unforgettable experience for everyone who participates!

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