Wilderness Survival Training – The Difference Between Bushcraft vs Survival Skills
With SCT’s wilderness survival training courses – while most people might consider the words bushcraft and survival to be interchangeable, they are actually quite different terms. The two different methods do often overlap when talking about wilderness survival courses or when out in the field…however, there is a noticeable distinction.
- Survival tends to focus on the key things you need to do in order to stay alive.
- Bushcraft tends to focus on the skills of living in the wilderness using natural materials and traditional methods.
Here are a couple of dictionary definitions.
Survival: The fact of a person, organisation, etc continuing to live or exist (Cambridge dictionary).
Bushcraft: Ability and experience in matters concerned with living in the bush (Collins English Dictionary).
Training in survival techniques is based more around your equipment and was initially conceived to teach members of the military a variety of essential skills quickly, to enable them to survive in a remote environment – long enough to be rescued or to self-rescue from that emergency situation. You can see an overview of all of our survival courses here.
It typically relates to being able to survive on your own for up to 72 hours and returning to safety in the fastest way possible.
Real-world survival training concentrates on the priorities of survival and the critical steps to follow in a particular order, based upon immediate needs (e.g. protection / shelter, warmth / fire, rescue signals, water, food, navigation etc).
Survival skills are really important skills to gain for anyone who enjoys spending time in the wilderness or carries out any activity or work that takes them into remote areas of Australia and beyond.
When you are thrown into a survival situation it means there is the strong possibility that your life is in potential danger.
The priorities that you need to follow in order to survive would be carried out as quickly and effortlessly as possible, such as putting up a basic shelter that will protect you from the elements, or treating / boiling water from a natural water source because that’s the only option available.
The critical actions you take when you’re in a wilderness survival situation will be done to save your life, and you won’t want to waste time or effort constructing anything unnecessary, because you’ll ideally be on the move (assuming you’re uninjured).