Survival in the Australian bush might not be something that you need in your day-to-day life, but if your adventurous desires lead you off the beaten track on a regular basis, you may one day find yourself in the need for some survival or tracking techniques, nature observation skills or bushcraft knowledge.
Most adventurers are risk takers to an extent, but if there is a way to prepare yourself for the worst, you take it.
Bushlore Australia offer expert outdoor programs that impart life-saving wilderness survival skills and facilitate a re-connection to the natural world.
They also provide training in search and rescue tracking, disaster survival, urban survival, survival self-defence, self-reliance, sustainability, team building, leadership and personal development. These amazing courses don’t just teach techniques and tricks, they show you the philosophy that underpins engagement with the natural world.
The courses they run, range from Survival Self-defence, where you will undergo a series of SAS designed training and learn to read a potentially hostile situations, become situationally aware, then if attacked know what to do in the most tactically reliable way, to neutralise your attacker(s) and make your escape to safety to a course that teaches you the fundamentals of primitive survival trapping, snaring and hunting.
Bushlore Australia also run courses on tracking and observation, survival fish hook making, and run a 2 day complete wilderness survival course, which ensures that the fundamentals of survival are addressed in a logical and practical manner in order to foster personal resilience.
Subjects normally covered during the course include the psychology of survival, shelter construction, fire lighting, water procurement, food procurement, emergency signalling, expedient navigation techniques, knives and knots, survival kits and emergency packs and using resources effectively and respectfully.
You never can tell when you will need skills for your survival.
Imagine you are mountain biking through one of Australia’s many isolated tracks with friends; you take a wrong turn while exploring the wilderness, and become lost, injured and find yourself in imminent danger. Having knowledge of your surroundings, and skills that can help you survive or find your way again might literally be the difference between life and death.
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When the email arrived inviting me to do a 2 day Wilderness Survival Course with Rich Hungerford I jumped at the opportunity to re-acquaint myself with skills that had been suppressed over the past 7 years.
I lived and trained for the Outer Edge Polar Challenge, which was all based around keeping warm and snow-sailing; but with my upcoming Stand Up Paddle around Florida Island in the Solomon Islands, unsupported and being self sufficient, I needed to make sure the survival skills I would potentially need were covered.
So off I went at 5am on a Saturday morning to Rich’s training compound.
We were a group of 7, meeting for the first time and you can imagine the jaw dropping experience when Rich uttered these words “Hi guys, welcome and there will be no food for the first 24 hours…”
The next 36 hours were spent honing and refining skills.
Rich Hungerford not only knows the subject thoroughly, he is able to relay the information and find ways to make the subject matter stick. Classroom work and “hands on” drills in the field, along with his desire to make sure the subject is understood, makes this course unique.
You can really feel Rich’s need to make sure his students don’t just earn a “Completion Card” but that they really understand and are able to execute the proper skills in a real world situation.
He knows this really could mean the difference between Life and Death for someone. Rich is incredibly passionate about wilderness skills and the proper teaching of the subject matter. The skills he teaches are based upon his own experience! This is not someone that has gotten his knowledge from a book, TV or Youtube: his knowledge comes from experience - from actually using the skills he teaches, which puts him in a very small minority of survival skills instructors.
From basic skills like fire, trap and shelter building, to identifying edible plants to strategies for getting rescued, this course is packed with a staggering amount of useful information in a short two day format. This course does not pull punches. It makes you live the survival situation and experience the challenges first hand, but provides just enough guidance to help you learn from the experience.
You will come out of this course smarter and more able to survive. I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with Rich as the course instructor. He teaches from experience, not theory, and does so with humor, patience and a deep understanding how to approach a survival situation.
Make no mistake, you will work hard, you will sweat, get dirty, fatigued, cold, hungry and tired. What you will not get, is a false sense of security about wilderness survival. You will learn about some of the most common mistakes in the survival books, not because he tells you so but because he explains and demonstrates why and then lets you experience for yourself the proper approach.
If you really want to learn wilderness survival skills from someone that has the knowledge, experience and has “walked the walk”, you owe it to yourself to attend Bush Lore Australia. I highly recommend this course for anyone who hikes, camps or simply wants to be better prepared to survive in the wilderness.