Bushcraft and Survival Activity Day

Are you interested in bushcraft but unsure you want to commit to a multi-day course?

Not sure which skills you should learn first?

It can be difficult to know where to start with bushcraft and survival skills, particularly with so many courses on offer.

Many short courses are taught by amateurs and choosing a good course can be tricky.

Lakes Medics Training Ltd courses are taught by professional instructors with many years of experience in using and teaching the techniques you will learn.

Whether you are interested in having a go at some bushcraft skills or learning key survival techniques in case of emergency, our 1-day Bushcraft and Survival Foundation Course is a great introduction to core skills.

As with all of Lakes Medics Training Ltd courses, you will receive friendly, expert instruction.

Full Day of Instruction

This course isn’t a half-day course, straddling lunchtime, masquerading as a full day. We teach from the moment you arrive at our base camp until the course finishes at 17:30 and it is a very full day of learning useful skills. You’ll certainly get your money’s worth.

Skills You Can Easily Learn

The skills and knowledge we pass on during this course do not require preexisting talent or great physical strength. Once you’ve had a go (during the course), you’ll remember them.

Highlights of the Bushcraft and Survival Foundation Course

On this course we cover a range of techniques and knowledge that will help you to provide your basic needs and to stay safe while in the outdoors. These are grouped under fire, shelter, water, food, outdoor safety and equipment.

Fire – Grasp the Fundamentals of Firelighting: Many people struggle with lighting fires in the outdoors. A lack of confidence combined with poor technique often leads to failure, particularly in damp conditions. We’ll teach you core concepts of fire-lighting which mean that you will be able to identify, select and prepare natural materials then consistently light them with confidence. You will be able to light a fire whenever you want or need one.

Shelter – The Key Principles and Practicalities: If you were lost or stranded, we think many people would be able to make some sort of shelter out of nearby materials. The question is, though, would it be any good? Would you get any sleep? Would it stop you becoming hypothermic? We’ll show you how to build a thermally efficient shelter from natural materials. Even if you had a tent or tarp with you, there are some key – and often overlooked – considerations you need to take into account before setting up. We’ll show you a range of lightweight shelters you can carry with you that have proved to save lives. We’ll also show you some useful knots for quick and efficient tarp pitching in the woods, whether you are stopping for lunch on a rainy day or staying for longer.

Water – Find, Collect and Purify Water: We’ll show you how to find water even where it isn’t obvious. We’ll show you how to collect water from unlikely sources. Then, you’ll learn (and apply) techniques to make water safe to drink.

Food – Prepare Food in the Outdoors and Cook With Fire: In our experience, many people struggle with cooking in the outdoors unless they have a stove. We’ll show you ways of preparing your food and cooking with fire – with and without cooking pots – that will allow you to enjoy tasty, hearty meals that are cooked properly.

Outdoor Safety – Core Concepts and Emergency Essentials: Throughout the course we introduce key safety considerations and principles for the activities we are undertaking as well as being outdoors in general. We discuss how we can plan ahead to help avoid dangers and reduce risks. That said, nature is dynamic and people make mistakes. Accidents happen and unforeseen circumstances can arise. We cover essential concepts of how to deal with emergencies in the outdoors and prioritise in survival situations.

Equipment – Real-World Tips and Advice: Our instructors are experienced and well-travelled. We will cover what we consider essential outdoor equipment – both for safety and comfort/enjoyment. You will find this advice very valuable, whether you return to us for more instruction on multi-day courses or head off on your own adventures…