Joel van der Loon
Survival & bushcrafT Instructor, school founder
My experience in becoming a survival instructor began from childhood growing up in South Africa and Tanzania, East Africa - in particular, living off the grid on an isolated stretch of tropical coastline of wild bush, hosting an array of animal species.
The last 12 years, I have traversed through 40 countries and crossed oceans as a professional crew member, exploring some of the worlds most remote locations by sea. I have hiked, camped, and paddled in just about every type of ecosystem and trained in desert, alpine, jungle, and temperate survival methods. I have taught survival skills to various demographics such as families, celebrities, children, military, and even little people with dwarfism. I am qualified in advanced sea survival under the British Coastguard, I have tracked and hunted with the Maasai and Hadzabe tribal people in Tanzania-East Africa, and learned jungle survival skills from the Rama Indians in Nicaragua. I have put myself into testing conditions in the remote jungles of Costa Rica, the Alaskan arboreal forest, Florida swamps, arid Sonoran desert, coastline of Mexico and of course all over California with little more than a knife, water bottle, and the clothes on my back. I believe that there is no substitute for teaching from a position of real-life experience. I have worked with Lifetime, History, and Discovery channels and most recently feature on Episode 3 of Discovery's new show Bushcraft Build-Off. I write survival quizzes for Grizly.com and produce online survival training videos for Scienceofskills.com.
I have been a student of kick boxing and MMA for 7 years, and competed in several amateur bouts. I am a passionate surfer, free diver, spear fisherman, hunter, naturalist, and minimalist.
I live in a small town called Sisters located at the foothills of the cascade mountains in Central Oregon.
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Survival Qualifications, Education & Training:
STSC Survival Instructor
WMA Wilderness First Responder
MCA Medical First Aid Responder
ASHI Wilderness First Aid
MCA Advanced Sea Survival
MCA Advanced fire fighting
CA Hunter Education
CA Bowhunter Education
CA Trapping licence
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster200t Captains License
Celestial and electronic navigation
MCA Chief Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency
IMSN Vessel Safety Officer Course
IMSN Anti-Piracy Defense Course
Surf Proficiency Award, Lifeguard