SUR­VIVAL CHAL­LENGE

for out­door adventure

New Zealand Fitness - - IN THIS ISSUE - – with Bear Grylls

The world’s most recog­nis­able face of sur­vival and out­door adventure has brought sur­vival mas­ter classes to Oman, op­er­at­ing cour­ses from the Bear Grylls Sur­vival Academy (BGSA) base. The Adventure Cen­tre is a stone lodge fac­ing the beach at the foot of 2,000-me­tre high moun­tains in Dibba, in Oman’s Mu­san­dam Penin­sula, a two-hour drive from Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Par­tic­i­pants are im­mersed in an en­vi­ron­ment of high peaks, dra­matic cliffs and crags and dwarfed by gi­ant boul­ders in the wind­ing wadi beds – an ut­terly stun­ning land­scape.

Grylls’ tech­niques of sur­viv­ing the harsh out­doors in the most dif­fi­cult of sit­u­a­tions has won him a le­gion of fans across the globe with his ac­claimed

Man Vs Wild se­ries boast­ing a global au­di­ence of over 1.2 bil­lion. And the cour­ses prom­ise to de­liver the ul­ti­mate in self-res­cue skills, de­liv­ered by a team of highly trained ex­perts hand­picked by Bear Grylls.

The moun­tain­ous ter­rain around Dibba is the per­fect set­ting for BGSA’s 24-hour adult and 24-hour fam­ily sur­vival cour­ses, where par­tic­i­pants typ­i­cally find them­selves pushed to their lim­its. Guided by BGSA ex­perts, par­tic­i­pants learn to sur­vive and tra­verse the chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The cour­ses are open to ev­ery­one. How­ever, par­tic­i­pants need to have a ba­sic level of fit­ness to get the best out of the course. The cour­ses nor­mally run from Novem­ber to April.

For ad­ven­tur­ous chil­dren, the 24-hour fam­ily course has been de­signed by Bear Grylls for chil­dren aged 10 to 17 years, ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or will­ing adult (aged 18 years and above).

“As a fa­ther of three young boys, I love shar­ing my sur­vival tech­niques and go­ing on fam­ily ad­ven­tures to­gether,” said Bear Grylls, when de­scrib­ing the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind the Fam­ily Cour­ses.

The cour­ses are de­signed to put par­tic­i­pants’ new-found skills to the ul­ti­mate test. From hour one, they will be in the wilder­ness putting the skills to the test to see if they’ve got what it takes to sur­vive for 24 hours un­til res­cued.

“The Mu­san­dam Penin­sula – Oman’s north­ern tip and famed for its fjords – is vastly dif­fer­ent to the rest of Oman with its rugged moun­tain peaks and dra­matic land­scapes,” said Sul­tanate of Oman Tourism coun­try man­ager Aus­tralia and New Zealand, Mona Tan­nous.

The open­ing of the academy in this wilder­ness and its prox­im­ity to Dubai, opens up the po­ten­tial for team build­ing and in­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to phys­i­cally chal­lenge them­selves in one of the tough­est grand ad­ven­tures any­where in the re­gion.

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