Outdoor Adventure Tools, Tactics, & Emergency Response Weekend Intensive Training
For: Parents, Hikers, Backpackers, Campers, Drivers (especially those that like taking the scenic routes!)
Anyone who is concerned about keeping themselves and their loved ones safe when equipment malfunctions, weather turns, injuries happen, vehicles break down, batteries die, or a multitude of other issues come up.
Training covers: This 3 Day/2 Night Weekend Intensive training is a more in-depth field exercise covering Core Survival Training Essentials relating to the five basic needs of a survivor.
Students may build on previous experience from their 1 Day Core Survival Basics training and demonstrate their functional grasp of essential survival concepts during this multi-day exercise. This can also be taken as a standalone course and is an excellent starter course if you have the luxury of some extra time.
Complete Course Description:
The Five Basic Needs: What are they and how can you use that knowledge to make a plan in any situation?
2. Personal Protection: Clothing/Equipment, Shelter, Fire
4. Travel Techniques
5. Sustenance: Water, Food
Your Knife: How to choose the right one for your needs, how to choose a good sharpening device and how to sharpen and maintain your knife in top condition.
1. Choosing the right one for the job
2. Tools to sharpen
3. How to sharpen
4. Cleaning and maintaining a knife
Signaling: Learn methods to make yourself BIG, how to aid rescuers in your own recovery and return home safely.
1. The three types of signals
2. What to look for in a good Signaling/Recovery site
3. Preparing a recovery site, vectoring in rescuers, etc…
Travel basics: Learn simple navigation concepts to keep safe and in control if you must move.
1. When to/not to travel and basic scouting technique
2. How to use a map and compass, and natural navigation aids
3. Understand Magnetic Variation and how to apply it
4. How to make a 6 Point Checklist to always reach your destination
5. Safe movement techniques
Water: An essential and fairly immediate need in virtually every survival situation
1. Understand the physiology of dehydration and how to recognize it in yourself and loved ones
2. Learn how to find it in different environments and prepare it for consumption
3. Learn how to protect your source
Knots: Learn the “hammer and nails” of a survivor. With a knowledge of knots, you can improvise more effectively and keep you and yours safer.
1. Nomenclature of a line/rope
2. What makes a “good” knot?
3. Learn several multi use, effective knots and their uses
4. Practice using knots over the course of the weekend
Shelter basics: Learn how to make a safe home in whatever situation you find yourself.
1. What to look for in a shelter site
2. How to choose a design that works for the situation at hand
3. Make your own tarp shelter for the night
4. Practice making a natural insulation bed
5. Practice shelter living considerations
6. Learn natural shelter concepts
Fire principles: Learn the fundamentals that many folks skip over and thus end up failing when a fire is most needed and is the hardest to make: in wet weather.
1. Become familiar with the fire triangle and how to balance it
2. Locate and prepare fire materials
3. Practice working with fire from ignition to banking
Food: Learn how to use wisdom in your decisions around food when in a serious situation.
1. How to ration what you have
2. The edibility test for plants
3. Learn basic snaring techniques
4. Understand skinning and butchering techniques
Survival Kits: Learn how to be prepared, how to make a kit for different trip scenarios.
1. Using the basic needs format to design a kit
2. What types of items to choose based on the type of kit you’re making
Class size: 12 participants max.
What to Bring/Wear: (Dress suitable to the weather, be prepared for changes!) (Please contact us before purchasing any gear for this course. Our goal is to give you information to help you make informed purchase decisions in the future, not spend a lot of money on gear you may not actually need.)
– Closed toed shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes are fine.)
– Long pants (synthetic best)
– Long sleeve shirt (synthetic best)
– Sun Hat
– Two extra pairs of socks
– One extra set of underclothes
– Warm layers (possibly including a warm hat and gloves depending on the season)
– Rain gear (you never know what the weather will decide to do!)
– Headlamp and extra batteries
– At least 2 liters of water storage capacity (water bottles or bladders)
– 2 Lunches, and 2 Breakfasts suitable for camping (please ask if you have questions.)
– At least one knife to use and practice sharpening with (it should have a sheath as well if it is not a folding/locking blade knife, if you don’t have one, bring a kitchen knife to practice sharpening on, and use one of ours for the weekend)
– A bowl and/or cup to eat from
– Sleeping Bag (rated appropriately for temps)
– Insulation pad (non-inflatable preferred)
– Leather gloves
– Weather Cover (Tarps or tents appropriate to season/skill level.) If you bring a tarp please bring some para-cord or other strong line to tie it up with. Please check with us if you are not sure what to bring.
– All necessary medical items (prescriptions, braces, etc. sufficient for at least 5 days) and desired toiletries (toothbrush and paste, comb, etc)
– Survival items you have questions about or want to practice skills with (maps, compasses, shelter pieces, fire starters, bought survival or medical kits, etc.)
– Sunglasses or safety glasses
– Bug spray (seasonal)
– Camp chair/crazy creek/sit pad
– Note taking materials
– Eating utensils
Please don’t bring pets or young children unless cleared through SERE Training School Directly.
Dates and Time: All weekend training runs from 4 PM Fri to 4 PM Sunday unless specifically noted otherwise. Available class dates are noted below.
Training Locations: All weekend courses will be within a one-hour drive of the city listed in the class title. Directions to specific class locations will be emailed to you after registering for a particular class-please see below for class dates and general locations.
Age requirements: Clients should be a minimum of 10 years old and in reasonably good physical shape. All children 17 years or younger must have legal parental permission to attend the course and all children 10-16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Private Group Courses are available:
We also do private courses, team-building retreats, corporate events, birthday parties, etc… You get the folks together and tell us when you want to go-weather and schedules permitting! We prefer that you allow us at least 30 days advance notice to schedule a course. If you’d like to explore these options please contact us at: Info@SERETraining.US
Trip cancellation by clients must take place at least 28 days prior to the start of the trip in order to be eligible for a refund. On rare occasions, a trip is prevented from running due to land closures relating to dangerous weather conditions, fires, etc. You will be notified promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running and will receive the option to reschedule for a later trip date or to receive a full refund.
Additional Questions about this course can be addressed to: Info@SERETraining.US