THE Bushmaster COURSE (5 days)

Multi-Terrain | Bushcraft Survival | First-Aid | Primitive skills

Cost: $750 per person. 6 person Max. 3 person minimum to run course. Meals included
Dates: July 8-12(full), October 21-25                                                                                           Location: Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, San Diego, California                                         Address: 2300 Camino San Ignacio, Warner Springs, CA 92086. We meet at the guard hut located at the main entrance gate at 9am. We finish around 11 am (on day 5).

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The most comprehensive wilderness survival and bushcraft course in California that will take you to an advanced level of self reliance. We combine the most effective survival skills, bushcraft, First-Aid and navigation techniques and pass them on to you in desert and temperate forest terrains.

Survival training in the California wilderness...no shower facilities, no modern toilets, seclusion, and no experience required - just full immersion with nature.

Not only have we loaded this course with bushcraft skills but there is an element of progression involved. Students will be taught to work with natural materials and less modern tools throughout the course until the grand finale - you will construct a complete survival camp (shelter, fire, water, and food) by yourself for one night in the wilderness with only a knife, primitive tools you have made, and the survival / bushcraft skills you gained over the previous 4 days. 

Not sure what to expect on this course? Watch a short video of us in the field!

Survival Course Details:

The first 3 days of the course will be fully loaded and focused on the skills. 3 meals a day will be provided and students will be encouraged to help with preparation. These 3 nights will be spent in our forest wilderness camp sleeping in either your primitive shelter, tents, or under the California stars... it's your choice how much you want to rough it! All modern camping gear is allowed. Day 4 and 5 we ditch all the gear, except for a knife and the primitive tools made over the previous 3 days, and head over to the high desert wilderness. This only involves a 20 minute 4x4 drive. We will then hike into an amazing ecosystem with running water, wildlife, and plenty of resources. Students will construct camp, make fire, purify water, and find food on their own with the periodical check-up from the survival instructor. Students will be need to rely on the survival skills learned and their own improvisation for their night - instructor will be close by at all times. Day 5 we break down camp, debrief and take the hike out. Students will receive a course completion certificate on day 5. 

Survival skills Covered:

Shelter* Debris hut, lean-to, rasied bed, and tarp shelters for wet weather conditions.

Fire* Bow drill friction fire method, ferrocerium-rod, waterproof matches, tinder making, making natural char and char cloth, reflector walls, campfire cooking techniques. Learn a new fire-making method every day!

Water* sourcing techniques, plant stills, Native American rock boiling, modern and primitive purification methods.

Hunting and Trapping* Construct a survival Atlatl (primitive spear thrower) and various traps for small game and birds. Animal tracking and stalking techniques.

Wild Plants* Learn to identify various plants and trees for building, food, medicine, rope, friction fire, tinder, and more.

Navigation* Learn basic map and compass as well as primitive methods using trees, sun, stars, and the moon

Wilderness First-Aid* Dealing with hypothermia, heat stroke, and dehydration in the field. Cleaning and closing of wounds. Dealing with bleeding and shock. Treating bone fractures and dislocations. Treating snake and spider bites.

Emergency Signalling* Visual, audible, and electronic methods.

Bushcraft* Make natural glue, rope, and tools. Heat bending and straightening, various knots, various modern survival gear and cutting tools, and loads more.

Learn to make an Atlatl throwing spear for survival hunting.

Learn to make an Atlatl throwing spear for survival hunting.

Joel is incredibly knowledgeable and well spoken when it comes to bushcraft and survival skills! I have had some experience in the past learning and practicing survival skills, but I was totally blown away with what I was able to take away from the course.
— Jesse Taylor, San Diego CA

What to Bring:

On this course we drive into our bush survival camp for the first 3 days, therefore you have no restrictions on the type of gear you bring. If you own a 4x4 vehicle then you have the option to bring it along and get some dirt time, if not then we will give you a ride! Day 4 and 5 we drive a short distance to our next location, park the cars, and then hike out with minimal gear.

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  • Fixed blade knife and folding saw. Machete's, axes, hatchets etc..all welcome!
  • Water bottle (Kleen Canteen is a good option as it is stainless steel and unlined so good for boiling in)
  • Headlamp, gloves, camera, notepad, and pen all optional
  • Warm clothing layers for night and light clothing and hat for day time
  • spare socks and underwear
  • Day Pack
  • Camping gear. Tent / tarp shelter / hammock for sleeping and any other gear you desire
  • Food - we provide 3 meals a day. Just bring snacks for the duration of the course. 
  • Any other survival/camping items you desire

Cancellation policy:

Payment required in full to secure dates and availability. Refund of fees are available if notified more than 2 weeks in advance of course start date. There will be a 3% fee withheld from refund to cover payment/transfer costs. If you cancel within 2 weeks of scheduled date of training no refund will be provided, however we can provide you with a credit applicable for the same course at a different date. Due to minimum class size requirements we might need to cancel a course,  if so we will provide a full refund or offer an alternative course date.

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