SERE Training School provides world-wide outdoor survival training and consulting services to Civilians, Outdoor Professionals, Media Organizations, and Active-Duty Military Personnel using our signature brand of highly-specialized wilderness and hostile environment survival training techniques and experiences.
Our Survival Training Instructors are top-notch and the real-deal. When you train with SERE Training School, you train with the best.
SERE Training School regularly provides training in different parts of the U.S., as well as internationally. If you have a survival training location in mind, just ask and our team can make it happen!
Jessie Krebs – Instructor
Jessie Krebs is a former U.S. Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.) Training Instructor from the old school days when instructors were simply called “Survival Instructors”. As one of a handful of women in the male dominated S.E.R.E. career field, Jessie outsmarted and out-toughed many of her male counterparts in the Air Force to make it through the intense S.E.R.E. training program (class 91-02) and earn her right to a coveted position as an Air Force SERE Specialist.
In 1994, after training hundreds of Air Force personnel to survive in hostile environments world-wide, Jessie received an honorable discharge from the Air Force and began putting her tremendous outdoor leadership skills to use as a back-country mountain guide leading recreational and wilderness therapy expeditions across many stretches of the American Southwest.
In addition to being the Founder & Head Instructor of SERE Training School's SERE-oriented survival training programs for both civilians and outdoor professionals, Jessie is highly sought-after as a technical consultant and on-screen survival expert for a number of international survival shows including Science Channel's Hacking The Wild, Fox's Kicking & Screaming, and National Geographic's Mygrations where Jessie became one of only a handful of modern human beings ever to complete a primitive crossing of hundreds of miles of Tanzanian Serengeti on foot.
Liesl Davenport – Instructor
Liesl Davenport's in-depth experience as a highly specialized SERE Instructor, Special Investigator, and Global Security Specialist truly make her a cut above the rest.
Liesl is a former U.S. Airforce Master Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Instructor (July 93-99), including four years as a SERE Open Water Survival Instructor that trained 1200+ USAF and DOD aircrew members annually.
In addition to substantial background as a SERE Instructor, Liesl has served her country as a Special Investigations & Counterintelligence Officer (99-01) and as an Antiterrorism Specialty Flight Team Leader (01-04) where she was awarded a Bronze Star for leadership in a combat environment as the first AFOSI commander on the ground in Iraq. Liesl also has the distinction of being the first woman in that career field to conduct combat operations.
After honorably completing her years of service with the US Air Force, Liesl continued to distinguish herself as a Senior Executive Protection Specialist, providing close-in protection for high profile client's (like the CEO of Starbucks), as well as a DOD Contract instructor responsible for classified hands-on instruction of U.S. Governmental Assets.
Chris Stephens – Instructor
With or without a weapon in his hands Chris is not a man you want to mess with! Serving 14 years in two branches of the U.S. Armed Services, Chris began his Military service an Air Force S.E.R.E Instructor and later went on to become an officer in the United States Army - reaching the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves. He is one of SERE Training School's top weapons and self defense instructors, with years of experience training others in the use of the Baton and various firearms after having been certified as a Firearms Instructor by the FBI.
Beyond his skills in the wilderness and with a weapon in his hand, Chris is also trained in Biological and Chemical warfare. He's a certified training instructor in other classes as well, to include Blood Borne Pathogens, Communicable diseases, and Chemical Agents used in Law-enforcement. Chris has also served the public as a Correctional Sergeant with the California Department of Corrections.
Despite his intimidating resume and skills, Chris is also well-known as a warm and friendly family-man who enjoys teaching others and describes himself as a "kind, caring, and sensitive individual." This solid combination of skill-sets and demeanor set him a cut above the rest when it comes to training the public.
Dan Baird – Instructor
Internationally renowned as a primitive survival specialist, Dan Baird is one of the world’s foremost providers of global back-country survival expeditions.
In addition to 18+ years experience guiding back-country adventures across the world, Dan is also a Nationally Trained DHS/FEMA C.E.R.T. Instructor, a N.A.S.A.R. Wilderness First Aid Instructor, and a member/Trainer of Search & Rescue teams across the United States. Dan's other survival training programs include California Survival School and WilderSkills, which are responsible for teaching both primitive and modern survival tactics to thousands of people each year throughout the world.
Dan is proud to take an active role as a SERE Training School lead instructor, incorporating his global survival expertise into the School's programming to keep it at the forefront of wilderness survival training programs worldwide.