How to pre­pare for sur­vival in the bush

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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.

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.

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.

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