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Welcome to Bush Mechanics Survival Training! We are a survival and bushcraft school based in San Diego County, Southern California. We are renowned for our high level field training in outdoor survival and bushcraft skills on Southern California's largest Indian reservation. Our international training takes place in Tanzania and South Africa alongside the ancient Hadza hunter gatherer tribe. Our philosophy is to teach you to function with less and thrive with more focusing heavily on indigenous survival skills passed down by our ancestors. We have taught folks from all walks of life including military, fire-fighters, boy scouts, schools, celebrities, physically disabled and contestants of survival shows like "Survivor", Discovery's "Desafio x2" and "Naked and afraid". Our instructors have worked with Lifetime, History and Discovery channels. Owner and Instructor Joel van der Loon features on Discovery channels new show called "Bushcraft Build-off". Click here to view courses

What sets us apart?

*Small groups to ensure one on one time which cannot be achieved in large groups

*Learn in the wild! No urban recreational parks, facilities, or cell network

*Hands on field training, no classroom style lectures

*100% customer satisfaction (click here to read our 5 star reviews) 

“Joel’s method of instruction is clear and concise. You get the most amount of knowledge in the least amount of words. I highly value that as a United States Marine and an instructor myself”
— Brian Wood, US Marine Corps

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