Survival Courses – Aviemore

Our Summer Survival Courses in Scotland run from March to the end of October and take place in the Cairngorms National Park – the largest National Park in Europe and one of Britain’s last true wildernesses – and in Northern Perthshire – the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. All summer courses are run as multi-environmental and cover a wide range of terrains from Boreal woodlands to mountainous and hillside, providing you with a more rounded experience in a range of techniques.

You can book your summer course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Summer Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us.

 

 

Half Day Family Course £50

The Overview for the Half Day Family Course includes the following:


Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival Courses in Scotland

Bushcraft and Wilderness skills in the Britain’s most northerly Survival School

Set in the woodlands in and around the Cairngorm national park at our site in Alvie,  this 5 hour sessions are perfect for the families to get outdoors and learn bushcraft skills. The day will consist of 5 hours of Bushcraft skills including fire lighting, shelter building, understanding nature, knot tying, whittling and more.

Ages 5 – 105. Under 18s must be accompanied by an over 18.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Half Day Family Course includes the following:


Course vary, here are some subjects that may be covered. Please note, that due to it being a half day course not all subjects can be covered:

Shelter:

  • Emergency Shelter Building
  • Knot Tying
  • Fire

Fire Lighting:

Introduction to  ignition sources such as chemical, solar and spark ignition, fire maintenance and upkeep.

Acquisition:
Finding and making safe water.
• Water sourcing
• Filtration
• Purification

Introduction to foraging and plant identification.

Tool work:

  • Whittling
  • Knife Safety

Depending on instructor availability we may deliver archery, axe and knife throwing as well.

Alongside all of these there will be activities that will see youngsters and adults explore the great outdoors.

Date Time Spaces Price Book
6 April 2024 09:30 - 14:30 0 / Full
22 July 2024 09:30 - 14:30 8 £50 Book Now
4 August 2024 09:30 - 14:30 6 £50 Book Now
12 October 2024 09:30 - 14:30 12 £50 Book Now

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Two Day Survival Course £180.00

The Overview for the Two Day Survival Course includes the following:


The prospect of staying out overnight in the shelter you have built yourself brings a serious element to this course, there is also a certain amount of mental stamina needed to complete the course. You will be invited to spend a night out without your sleeping bag depending on the weather. The emphasis is on staying out of the elements whilst working through PLAN-M. Individual fitness for this course must be of a sufficient level as you will be working hard over the two days. You will be introduced to a number of Survival models and priorities including PLAN – M, Survival pyramid and the rule of 3’s.

Backcountry Survival Ltd also provides the Landbased Survival Instructor Award course which will train and assess individuals and instructors who are looking to gain formal recognition within the Survival field. Please visit our Survival Training page for more information.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Two Day Survival Course includes the following:


Principles & Priorities of Survival

PLAN-M

Survival Triangle

Kit & Equipment

Cutting tools and safe handling

Protection
Protection from the elements and further harm:

Shelter

  • Emergency shelters;
  • Thermal A-frames and Lean-to;
  • Bedding and insulation;
  • Integration of fire into the shelter.

Fire-Lighting

  • Ignition methods;
  • Fuel selection;
  • Wood choices, fire-lays and when to use them;
  • Lighting in wet weather;
  • Cooking using different parts of the fire.

Location
Attracting Rescue Attract, Hold and Direct

  • Smoke/Fire signal;
  • Torch/Whistle;
  • Beacons/Strobes.

Acquisition
Water

  • Finding water sources;
  • Filtration methods;
  • purifying water.

Food

  • Wild edibles (seasonal);
  • Trapping and trap building – Strangle – Mangle – Dangle – Tangle’

Navigation

  • Setting map to the ground;
  • Map and compass – Bearings and contour appreciation;
  • Timing and pacing;
  • Natural Navigation methods – Sun, stars and moon.
Date Time Spaces Price Book
25 May 2024 09:30 - 15:30 8 £180 Book Now
8 June 2024 09:30 - 15:30 8 £180 Book Now
20 July 2024 09:30 - 15:30 10 £180 Book Now
17 August 2024 09:30 - 15:30 8 £180 Book Now
28 September 2024 09:30 - 15:30 11 £180 Book Now
19 October 2024 09:30 - 15:30 12 £180 Book Now

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Three Day Survival Course £250.00

The Overview for the Three Day Survival Course includes the following:


The multi-day course is multi-environment. A Group moving from one camp to another

Due to the prolonged time out in the wilderness, weather factors and the long hours spent learning, a good level of physical fitness and mental stamina is required. This course is run in areas where there is no one for miles around.

Where we primarily focus on Survival, there is adequate time to brush up on your “Bushcraft” skills, as these techniques compliment survival and provide added levels of comfort to your experience . For more information on Course content be sure to click “Itinerary”.

Backcountry Survival Ltd also provides the Landbased Survival Instructor Award course which will train and assess individuals and instructors who are looking to gain formal recognition within the Survival field. Please visit our Survival Training page for more information.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Three Day Survival Course includes the following:


Principles and Priorities of Survival

Survival Pyramid

PLAN-M

Kit and Equipment

Cutting tools including handling safety

Protection
Protection from the elements and further harm:

Shelter

  • Improvised emergency shelters;
  • Thermal A-frame, Lean-to;
  • Bedding and insulation with natural materials;
  • Integration of fire into shelter;
  • Improving your shelter;
  • Sleeping systems – why and when.

Fire

  • Ignition sources (natural & man-made);
  • Tinder man-made vs natural;
  • Getting the most from your fire;
  • Tinder production;
  • Fire lays.

Location
Attracting Rescue – Attract, Hold and Direct

  • Smoke/Fire signal;
  • Torch/Whistle;
  • Beacons/Strobes;
  • Ground to Air signals;
  • Passive methods of signalling.

Acquisition

Water

  • Finding water sources;
  • Treating water;
  • Man-made and improvised filters;
  • Water purification methods;
  • Water management

Food

  • Wild edibles (seasonal)
  • The law and trapping, live snaring/trapping, fishing and fish traps – Strangle – Mangle – Dangle – Tangle

Navigation

  • Map and compass – Setting a map to the ground;
  • Bearings and contour appreciation;
  • Timing and pacing including micro nav;
  • Natural Navigation – Sun, stars and moon.

 

Date Time Spaces Price Book
19 April 2024 09:30 - 15:30 9 £250 Book Now
24 May 2024 09:30 - 15:30 7 £250 Book Now
7 June 2024 09:30 - 15:30 10 £250 Book Now
19 July 2024 09:30 - 15:30 12 £250 Book Now
16 August 2024 09:30 - 15:30 7 £250 Book Now
27 September 2024 09:30 - 15:30 12 £250 Book Now
18 October 2024 09:30 - 15:30 12 £250 Book Now

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Five Day Survival Challenge £450.00

The Overview for the Five Day Survival Challenge includes the following:


 

The basis of the course is for the individuals to use the skills that they have learned and practiced on our 2 or 3-day course as well as individual CPD. The first day and a half will be a revision session for those who have attended a course before or an introduction for those who haven’t attended a course. Then they will be moved to a location to go into the exercise phase in the evening following a real-life survival scenario.

Individuals will be given minimum information to allow seclusion and will be visited by instructors to ensure all is okay. There will be emergency equipment with each person including walkies talkie communications.

Due to the prolonged time out in the wilderness, weather factors and the long hours spent learning, a good level of physical fitness and mental stamina is required.

This course is run in areas where there is no one for miles around, it is ran primarily in woodland areas.

This course is open to people who have attended a course with us before and want to put to practice their survival skills in a challenging environment. It is also open to people who haven’t attended a course before but are interested in taking part in a challenging course that will see them learn the skills and knowledge and then put it to practice. This will be a lot more challenging physically and mentally than our 3 Day Survival Course.

If you want to test your survival skills and knowledge then this is the challenge for you.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Five Day Survival Challenge includes the following:


1st Day will see the attendees go over revision from their 3 Day Course, from there the rest of the course will follow a hands-on survival scenario covering the following:

Principles and Priorities of Survival

Survival Pyramid

PLAN-M

Equipment considerations for travel in the wilds or a foreign environment.

Protection
Protection from the elements and further harm:

Shelter

  • Improvised or man-made will depend on what resources you have or find.

Fire

  • Using fire in a survival setting.

Location
Attracting Rescue – Attract, Hold and Direct

  • The ultimate aim is to be rescued but also being mentally prepared for disappointment.

Acquisition

Water

  • Finding water sources;
  • Treating water;
  • Water management

Food

  • Sourcing wild edibles for a survival situation utilising all resources available.

Navigation

  • Navigating around remote areas to safe ground.
  • The safe crossing of obstacles and route selection.
Date Time Spaces Price Book
23 May 2024 09:30 - 15:30 9 £450 Book Now
5 September 2024 09:30 - 15:30 9 £450 Book Now