Survival Courses

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, rivers and gorges, 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.

To make sure you choose the right course we have introduced a difficulty rating based on the physical and mental challenges on our courses.  This is explained below.

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a small amount of physical hardship with a small amount of walking. Courses are suitable for 18+”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a reasonable amount of walking and some forms of physical output. Courses are suitable for 18+”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is a significant amount of physical output, perhaps over a number of days. Time may be spent overnight in poor weather with minimum equipment. A certain amount of mental robustness is needed to complete.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is significant physical output sometimes over multi-day, and often in Hostile habitats i.e high mountains etc. Equipment/food may be stripped back (if woodland based) or large rucksacks carried (if mountain based). Temperatures may be sub-zero or excessively high. A good level of mental robustness is needed. Special attention should be given to the kit lists available.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is sustained physical output over multi-days, potentially carrying up to 40lbs, often in high/mountain terrain. Long “hill days” may be necessary, for this reason a good level of fitness is needed. Weather and temperatures are likely to be sub-zero or excessively high. Special attention should be given to kit lists available.”

 

 

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.

This course runs in a range of different areas and environments depending on your own skillset. For the family, we have a remote expedition-style camp set up and for the intrepid explorers, we have the Cairngorms national park on our doorstep.

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;
  • Friction Fire;
  • 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

  • Field dressing game;
  • 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
10 April 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now
22 May 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now
12 June 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now
24 July 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now
7 August 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now
18 September 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now
9 October 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now

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, typically starting within a woodland environment and working up to the mountainous regions. We are true believers that Survival is a dynamic subject, and for this reason the 3 Day Course is run in multi-environments. You can expect to find yourself in mature Caledonia pine forests, at the top of hills and making your way down gorges and river crossings.

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”.

You may be interested to know that we can offer an IOL award on our 3 day courses. Backcountry Survival courses are accredited by the IOL to 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

  • Friction 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

  • Field dressing game
  • 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
9 April 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now
21 May 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now
11 June 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now
23 July 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now
6 August 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now
17 September 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now
8 October 2021 09:30 - 16:00 12 £250 Book Now