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Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours until rescue?

“Some of my toughest times have lasted for less than 24 hours, yet have had the greatest impact on me.”
Bear Grylls

Bear’s team of highly trained expert Survival Instructors will facilitate learning, offer advice and guide participants through this taster survival experience compressed into a 24 hour course. Learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, stalk, protect yourself in the wild from attack, wilderness first aid, tie knots and make rope harnesses in order to safely cross difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by any means.

This is not a military boot camp and it’s much, much more than a bush craft course. This is an exclusive course where places are limited to 16 participants who must be physically fit and active. From hour one you will be lead into the wilderness and during the course you will receive limited food and water. You will then have to forage for anything else that may supplement your diet and use your skills to self rescue within the 24hrs!

These are just some of the many activities you may partake in during the Wilderness Survival Course with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy:

•Dynamic river runs and/or lake crossings

•Improvised wilderness first aid

•Emergency shelter builds

•Navigate harsh terrain by day and night

•Rope skills – crossing difficult terrain

•Survival knife skills and fire lighting

•Foraging for food, setting snares & traps

•Dynamic Self Rescue Techniques

Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours until rescue?

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  • Each course runs from midday to midday.
  • Each course is limited to 16 participants who must be aged 18yrs+ in order to attend
  • All meals, selected kit and accommodation are provided during the course.
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate.

Please note: all activities are weather dependent.


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Catskills Mountains, New York State, USA
One of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East, the Catskills Mountains boast verdant forests, narrow, winding valleys, rushing rivers and streams, crashing waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife. Of the 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, 250,000 are designated ‘forever wild’, making them one of the toughest – and most rewarding – places to earn your survival stripes.

These items will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

…and don't forget a bag full of positive attitude!

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The Survival Academy is an exciting opportunity to escape the rush of life and learn necessary life skills. Our group bonded instantly and had a memorable 24 hours hiking, tracking, practicing the art of fire starting, building shelters and surviving in the woods. Just the right mix of challenge and comfort, the 24-hour experience is perfect for people looking to dip their toe into outdoor survival. Immediately upon surviving the weekend, I started dreaming of attending one of the longer, more intense programs!