Wilderness Safety & Survival - General Knowledge

Learn the basics of surviving in the wilderness. Our training is based on the current Canadian Air Force doctrine.


This course is both informative and entertaining through real life examples. The basic principles learned, can be used in all environments whether it’s land, marine or urban based emergencies. Ask questions, handle equipment and start fires.

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • Psychology of Survival: Enemies of Survival, the Good Survival Prospect, and the Survival Pattern

  • Alert & Response of the Search and Rescue (SAR) system in Canada

  • First Aid and the Prevention of Injuries

  • Fire lighting under adverse conditions

  • Shelter Construction across Environmental Conditions

  • Effective Signals: Be found, Go home!

  • Water Procurement & Treatment

  • Food Gathering & Preparation

  • Clothing and Equipment Choices for Survival

  • Fire: Multiple methods under varying conditions.

  • Shelter: Varying types, materials, placements, and the pros & cons of each.

  • Signals: Being seen is being rescued! (flares, mirrors, flags etc.)

  • Water: Purification tabs, pumps, filters, when and where.

  • Food: Passive techniques for harvesting common plants and animals.

Wilderness Safety & Survival General Knowledge (WSSGK)

Prerequisites: none

Duration: 2 full days

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:8

Cost: $ 225 + tax

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Wilderness Safety & Overnight Survival

Get a real taste of survival! Imagine building your own survival shelter, sitting around a crackling fire that you built, watching the stars.


Those are only a few of the things you will do during this course. We will apply most of what was learned during WSS 1 General Knowledge during two full days and one night in a beautiful wilderness setting.  Learning and thriving while surviving in the Wilderness.


Definitely a weekend you won't forget! 

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • First Aid: Awareness and Prevention is key!

  • Shelter: Alternative Shelter Options.

  • Signals: Go Big and Go Home! Being seen is being rescued! Let's build a Smoke Generator

  • Water: Purification tabs, pumps, filters, when and where.

  • Food: Passive techniques for harvesting common plants and animals.

Note: It will be at the instructor’s judgment if you will be placed solo, in pairs, or small groups.

Wilderness Safety & Overnight Survival (WSOS)

Prerequisites: Wilderness Safety & Survival General knowledge (WSSGK)



  • 2 full days by itself

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6


  • $400+ tax if purchased with WSS GK

  • $225 + tax by itself

Wilderness Safety & Solo Survival 

This 5 day adventure will give you a new perspective on life and survival. We will have two days of advanced survival instruction which leads to a 3 day solo survival adventure. Passive survival is the name of the game and advanced techniques will be introduced. You will experience some or all of the enemies of survival. This experience is very similar to a vision quest.

Syllabus (includes but not limited to):

  • Local plants and animal identification and patterns.

  • Passive food gathering techniques.

  • Knife and axe sharpening techniques.

  • Food storage and preparations.

  • Advanced fire starting.

  • Enemies of survival.

  • Smoke generator.

  • Cleaning and cooking of small game.


Solo projects include

  • Start and maintain a fire

  • Identify and gather food sources

  • Create a ground to air signal

  • Produce a tool of their choice (ie. fishing rod, axes, fork)

  • Navigate from drop off point to solo site and back at the end of the exercise.

  • Identify water sources and demonstrate methods of purification.

  • Select a shelter site and build the shelter of their choice with the on hand materials

  • Set and monitor a small game snare, either a rabbit or squirrel set. Snares may be closed so as not to catch animals.

Wilderness Safety & Solo Survival


Duration: 5 days, 3 nights (2nd, 3rd, 4th nights)

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6

Cost: $1000 + tax