for outdoor adventure
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.