Critical Shelter Concepts and Skills for Successful Survival Shelter Building World-wide:
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. Shelter is the unsung hero of survival, being as important as fire yet generally requiring less calories to create and maintain. In most situations a solid shelter is your best defense against the elements.
Training Covers: This one-day course covers a variety of topics relating to shelter craft: basic knots, hitches, and lashings that can be used to build simple, functional, emergency shelters in multiple types of environments; concepts on locating your shelter to avoid hazards and make best use of the environment and terrain you’re in; shelter living considerations for different environments; pro-tips for making your shelter cozy, functional, and bug-free; and natural shelter principles and ways to minimize effort for maximum protection.
Complete Course Description:
-Categories of Shelters:
-Build emergency action shelters for immediate and short term situations
-Understand how and when to build long-term shelters for potentially extended stays
-Learn what things to avoid when picking a shelter site
-Know how to choose a good site based on the environment and situation you find yourself in
-Discover how to locate a shelter in relation to being rescued and the 5 Basic Needs
-Useful Rope Work:
-Learn and practice a minimum of four knots useful in meeting a variety of needs including shelter
-Learn and practice a minimum of three hitches used in creating and holding tension for tight man-made shelters
-Learn two lashings used in creating a variety of strong natural shelters
-Building Natural Shelters:
-Learn concepts to help you find natural cover and building locations
-Understand principles for shelters in every environment: Arctic (above and below treeline), Desert, Rain-forest, Coastal regions, Tundra, Open Ocean, etc.
-Shelter Living Considerations:
-Discover ways to create insulation between your body and the ground
-Explore how to maintain a clean, healthy shelter
-Learn methods for storing gear and food in survival situations
-Understand ways to stay warm in a shelter with or without a sleeping bag
-Find out how to create versatility and more user-friendly shelters
-Learn methods to keep your shelter to yourself, and the large and small critters out
Class size: 12 participants max.
What to Bring/Wear: (Dress suitable to the weather, be prepared for changes!)
– Closed toed shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes are fine.)
– long pants (there is a lot of rose and raspberry in the area)
– Sun hat
– 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!)
– Large full water bottle and extra water
– Lunch and snacks
Optional Items to bring:
– Camp chair/crazy creek/sit pad
– Shelter-making materials you want to practice with (emergency blankets, ponchos, line, tarps, etc.)
– Sunglasses or safety glasses
– Bug spray
– Note taking materials
***Please don’t bring pets or young children unless cleared through SERE Training School Directly.***
Dates and Times: All single-day training runs from 9 AM to 4 PM unless specifically noted otherwise. Available class dates are noted below.
Training Locations: All one day courses will be within a one hour drive of the listed city. Directions to specific class locations will be emailed to you after registering for a particular class-please see below for class dates.
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.