This year, I’ve seen an increase in my time spent providing Bushcraft instruction, which I’m really pleased about. I’m not sure if this is due to my curiosity about the natural environment or that it dovetails so well with canoe exploration that makes it so special for me.
Some time ago, I gained introductory bushcraft qualifications through the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), which has served me well up to now. However, a number of clients have asked if I would provide more advanced courses and after some deliberation I have decided to do so. To ensure that thsese courses are appropriately designed and provide a high quality learning experience, I decided to strengthen my own further learning with additional instructor training and qualifications. There are a number of companies doing this and I decided to opt for the Instructor Training package put together by Jonny Crocket of Survival School as this suited me best in terms of location, structure and cost.
The Instructor Training package provided by Survival School is in four parts. The first of which was to complete a weekend bushcraft course to see how the company operates and to recap / revist some of the fundamental bushcraft skills. The text below outlines the course programme with additonal comments from me.
- Welcome and safety brief (the obligatory health & safety bit);
- Tarps (safe pitching and different types);
- Tool Talk (the musts and must not of using cutting tools to keep everyone safe);
- Game preparation – trout (simple when you know how);
- Dinner (yes, the trout was superb); and
- Freetime around the fire and then off to the tarp.
- Safe cutting techniques (avoiding injury);
- Natural shelter building (lets hope we don’t have any leaks);
- Game preparation – pidgeon (my first time);
- Lunch (about time);
- Firelighting methods (yes, I can still make fire by friction);
- Game preparation – rabbit (its not as hard as you think);
- Traps and snares (what’s legal and what isn’t);
- Water sources and making if safe to drink; and
- Dinner & sleep.
- Making dampers for breakfast (not too much water);
- Knife law & sharpening (staying legal and keeping things sharp);
- Foraging & natural navigation (food for free – great); and
- Woodland sauna (Bliss).
Overall, a good course although for me most of the content reaffirming / enhancing my exisitng knowledge rather than adding to it but that’s to be expected. I shall shortly be off to take part in the second part of the Instructor Training Programme, which is a five day course in Scotland in the middle of November and I’m really looking forward to it.
If you would like more information on either the IOL or Survival School Bushcraft Courses then please click on the links below.