Survival School Australia

Intermediate Survival Course 1 (1-Day Course): $238 (Adult) / $198 (Child)

Dig deeper into traditional fieldcraft and intermediate survival techniques with our enlightening 1-day training course at our survival school Australia.

We will be going much more into the field for this course and heading to a wild island not too many kms from our regular venue outside Launceston…where we can use the greater wilderness to our advantage and dive into more bushcraft.

survival school australia - plough friction fire methodExpand your knowledge and skill base…as we continue on from SCT’s Essential Basic Survival Course 2. We explore in greater depth the various different areas of some traditional methods and up-to-date survival skills.

Here, you will extend your previously learnt skill sets further, as we teach you more traditional wilderness methods mixed with sound modern techniques and tested equipment, to help enable you to survive in the bush and tackle anything that mother nature can throw at you.

As with our other two basic one day courses, you will be instructed using a tried and tested method – a combination of highly relevant theory along with practical bush and survival skills. See our course overview and all of our courses here.

This will be based at our survival school Australia venue not too far from Launceston and will provide you with a solid understanding and real-world application of intermediate techniques that could one day save your life!

You will learn friction fire-lighting techniques, how to improvise key items such as a cutting tool, a basic water container to drink from, and a multi-pronged fishing spear.

Additionally, you will also learn how to make simple but effective traps…and increase your knowledge from our previous courses on how to navigate and travel naturally using features and clues in the land, as well as using the sun and stars.

We will cover some of the many written (and some unwritten) rules of survival for any outdoor scenario in the wilderness – such as with your sleeping system…that having a layer of protection on the ground underneath you is worth two layers on top of you.


“I went on SCT’s courses to become more independent when hiking and camping. Through Alex’s courses I have learnt the skills I was hoping to and so much more. I’m now more confident and I’m doing things that I never thought I would. Alex is extremely generous with his knowledge and time, and is very encouraging no matter what level of skill you start with.”

Sarah Purton – Psychologist (Tasmania)

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“The Intermediate Survival Course 1 I did was great! I learnt how to make a friction fire, snowshoes, and many other things. I’m really enjoying the courses and gaining lots of knowledge. It just goes to show…the more you learn, the less equipment you need in a survival situation or just on a camping trip even. I consider these skills priceless. Alex is a brilliant instructor and explains everything well and clearly – I appreciate how he’s tailored some things to my personal request.”

Jake Fox – Chef (Tasmania)

Course Syllabus – Intermediate Survival Course 1: $238 (Adult) / $198 (Child)

Duration: 1 day – 8:30am to 4:30pm

The cost includes: 1 day of survival & bushcraft instruction from a fully qualified instructor, hot beverages, land use fees, insurance and your own emergency sleeping bag to take home. This Intermediate Survival Course 1 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 Essential Basic Survival Course 2 prior to attending this course

Skills covered:

  • Travelling using natural navigation (using indicators from the land, the sun & the stars).
  • Advanced water procurement (transpiration method).
  • Improvised water container for drinking out of.
  • How to make char cloth for easier fire lighting (transportable ‘fire extender’ essential for making repeat fires over multiple nights in the field).
  • How to make a cutting tool (disc knife etc) out of a discarded glass bottle and a nail.
  • Advanced campfire techniques (four-stick method etc).
  • Bushcraft technique for fire lighting using friction fire.
  • How to make simple snowshoes (compared to the tennis-racquet-style snowshoes shown in many survival books) that work in deep snow, as well as marshy / boggy plateaus (e.g. on Ben Lomond’s western plateau).
  • Wilderness fishing tools (multi-pronged spear, improvised fishing hook & line etc) & techniques on how to use them.
  • How to build & set a snare trap.

survival school australia - multi-pronged fishing spearThere are lots of varied skills to be learnt on this first intermediate stage course, so be ready for a full day and a steep learning curve, with it still being equally challenging and rewarding, and will hone your technical and practical abilities, as well as being fun and enlightening at the same time.

The instructors at Survival Courses Tasmania are trained in modern survival techniques and in more traditional bushcraft, with qualifications from some of the top survival and wilderness schools in Australia and overseas.

Check out our growing survival and fieldcraft blogs here.

As with any survival school in Australia, there are numerous ways to light a fire in a survival situation using the friction method – have a look at this article here.