Weekend Survival Course

5 Day Survival Course

What’s it about?

We’re often asked the difference between bushcraft and survival and perhaps the simplest way to explain is to say that survival is finding yourself in a life threatening situation that you need to get out of.

With that in mind, this weekend survival course has been designed for anyone who wants to learn some of the skills that are essential in a survival situation.  We’ve put this course together for people who spend time outdoors in the UK and would like to be better prepared in the event of an emergency.

What will I do?

Many of the skills found in bushcraft are transferable to survival.  During your time spent with us on this weekend survival course we’ll concentrate on simple skills that you can do when you’re cold and wet, tired, de-hydrated and hungry. The focus is on using improvised techniques and minimal equipment.  You will:

  • Gain an understanding of how survival scenarios come  about, and how to avoid getting into one!
  • Learn the biggest killers in a survival situation and what to do about them,
  • Have plenty of practise creating a flame using matches, lighters and fire steels,
  • Locate and identify different natural tinders easily found in the British countryside,
  • Learn about improvised, man made tinders,
  • Gather your own materials and light a fire following a method that will work in all weather conditions,
  • Safely use a knife to accomplish common tasks,
  • Learn how to prepare and cook rabbit and fish,
  • Make an improvised debris shelter,
  • Learn 3 simple knots that can be tied and untied wearing gloves and make an improvised shelter from salvaged polythene,
  • Find, filter and purify your own water, including digging a gypsy well, and making an improvised water filter,
  • Go for a woodland walk to gain an insight into some of the trees and plants around us and what they can be used for,
  • Make a signal fire to alert potential rescuers,
  • Look through typical commercial survival tins,
  • Understand why you should make your own survival kit, and what should go in it.

At the end of this weekend survival course  you will have learnt how to avoid getting into a survival situation as well as gained a good working knowledge of some of the skills should you find yourself in one.

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You can see our complete course schedule here.

Other information

Location: Westwell, Kent

Duration: 2 days

Start: 6pm Friday

End: 4pm Sunday

Course size: Maximum of 8

Catering: Fully catered

Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4

You might also find these Frequently Asked Questions useful.

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by Ben on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Excellent weekend

This was an excellent introduction to the world of survival and bushcraft. Great location and great tuition from some lovely people, can't reccomend it enough. Will definitely look at doing more!

by Eddie on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Weekend Survival

I very much recommend this course for everyone. Those who are willing to take their first initial steps into the art of Self Reliance - this is for you. Gary knows his stuff and is ready to teach you in simple enough terms that you'll be able to pick it up; for the average person can use to greater effect in a survival situation. Big thanks again to Gary, Bob and Nicola for a great experience. I am looking forward to the next one

by Kevin Mullins on Jack Raven Bushcraft
March 2017

An excellent weekend spend on the recent survival weekend.
Garys knowledge, Nicolas cooking, the tranquil location, brilliant company, a thoroughly enjoyable programme and a host of skills and memories taken away.
A return is most certainly on the cards.
See you guys on the upcoming Wednesday evening sessions.
Thanks again, Kevin.

by Sylvie Crampus on Jack Raven Bushcraft
March 2017

Had a fantastic time , well run and very informative, gorgeous food, very friendly and knowledgeable instructor, see you soon��

by Kevin Rhodes on Jack Raven Bushcraft
November 2106

Really enjoyed my weekend on the survival course - l learned a lot. Information was pitched at the right level for each participants ability. Would luv to do something like this again with friends / family if I can persuade them to sleep underneath the stars. Well done to Gary and Nicki & a big thanks to Bob and Peter who gave great support over the two days.

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