L1 Forest Survival Course

L1 Forest Survival Course

£220.00 per person

The Level One Forest Survival Course from Original Outdoors is a 2-day forest-environment survival course in North Wales.


30th-31st March 2019
13th-14th August 2019

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Level One Forest Survival Course

Two-Day Forest-environment survival courses held in North Wales

£220.00 per person

This is our 2-day Forest Survival course that requires no previous experience, but includes the same content that we deliver to our military, emergency service and business clients.

The aim of this course is to give participants the skills of basic survival in a forest environment, all delivered in a realistic environment and learning with experienced instructors.
The full course content is detailed below, and covers the basics of shelters, firelighting, cutting tools, hunting and foraging and – most importantly – the decisions you need to make in a survival situation.

The course starts at 9:00am on Day 1 and normally run through until about 4:00pm on Day 2.

Why should you choose Original Outdoors for a survival course?

Survival skills are a subject that are often misrepresented – and the term ‘survival course’ gets used to advertise everything from kids activity days to what is essentially just camping without showers…

Original Outdoors runs survival courses for clients of all types, from military and emergency services to companies and private groups . The dates listed here are for the limited number of public courses we run every year as part of the structured training of the EST Framework.

The Level One Forest Survival course is the first rung on a progression of structured survival training courses that are not just an activity day on the edge of some parkland – these are real courses, run by experienced instructors from a variety of backgrounds. This is the same course as we deliver to clients from around the UK and overseas.

  • Emergency and improvised shelters using natural and synthetic materials
  • Firelighting using a variety of techniques
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Simple cordage and knots
  • Prevention and treatment of hypothermia and other environmental hazards
  • Safe use of simple cutting tools
  • Equipment choice and use
  • Signalling for help and preparing for rescue
  • Emergency techniques

2019 Course Dates

30th-31st March 2019
13th-14th August 2019

These dates for the L1 Forest Survival Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB just north of the beautiful market town of Ruthin. The course venue is a mixed woodland on the edge of an ancient limestone gorge.

Full joining instructions, equipment list and meeting point will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.

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Richard Prideaux

The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.

Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.

Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.

Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.

Gift Vouchers for our Survival courses

We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.

How it works

The process works like this:

  1. You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
  2. Once you have chosen either a date or a voucher AND the number of places then click through to the checkout and fill in your payment information
  3. Your order will be processed and we will get in touch with you directly by email to ask if you want to add a message to the PDF
  4. We will send the PDF and the unique e-voucher code to you by email, along with another PDF that has instructions on how the person receiving the voucher can redeem it and claim their place
  5. You give the voucher to the person receiving it and they claim their place and pass their contact information to us so we can send them the rest of the course information

Please take a look at our Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions on this page, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Do I need any prior experience?

As a Level 1 course on the EST Framework no previous experience is required, however please read the notes below about fitness.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be fit enough to be on your feet all day and to move over slightly rough terrain for two days. The aim of this course is to train you, not to test you too much or put you at unreasonable risk. The vast majority of fit adults will be able to complete this course with no problem – but if you have any questions please get in touch directly.

Is there an age limit on this course?

All participants must be a minimum of 16yrs of age at the beginning of the course, and anyone under the age of 18yrs must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.

What is the EST Framework?

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework was created by Original Outdoors to provide a structured training pathway for organisations, groups and individuals who work and visit remote places and hazardous outdoor environments. The L1 Mountain Survival Course is part of this framework, and all participants on this course will be given the option to continue on this training stream – but if you just want to attend this course then that is absolutely fine.

Do I need to provide equipment?

Participants will need to provide some basic outdoor equipment for the course (including waterproof clothing, sleeping bag etc). We will also provide some equipment, and each participant will receive a Hultafors knife at the beginning of the course that they can take home with them at the end. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to have a nominated person attend with them to receive the knife on their behalf.

What about food?

We will provide food for the duration of the course, some of which you will have to prepare yourselves and some will be prepared as a group. No previous cooking experience is required though!

Can I purchase a gift voucher for this course?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.

Private Survival Courses

Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.

Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.

The Forest Survival Course – a Level 1 EST Framework Course

The Forest Survival course is a Level 1 Course on the EST Framework. This means that participants in this course can continue onwards in a progression of structured courses using the skills learned on this course – if they wish.

There is no requirement for any previous experience or training before attending this course however, and it can be undertaken purely as a standalone course.

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.

Origins of the Framework

Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again – navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.

Training Progression

The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.

Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.

Training Delivery

All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:

    • Appropriate
    • Realistic
    • Honest
    • Relevant

    Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.

EST Training Classification System

Original Outdoors created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Training Classification System to categorise our own training courses, and provide a comparative system for other similar training schemes that sit alongside the EST Framework (Mountain Training, Rescue 3 etc).

Levels One, Two and Three are end-user awards within a particular training stream. Levels Four to Seven are instructor awards within that training stream.

CodeLevelDescriptionAssessment
EST L11Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required.
None
EST L22Intermediate – level training course where previous subject training has occurred.None
EST L33Advanced-level training course where significant previous subject training has occurred.Assessment
EST L44Training for delivery of L1-L2 courses within the EST Framework.Assessment + Logbook
EST L55Training for delivery of L1 -L3 courses within the EST Framework. Assessment + Logbook
EST L5A5 (L3 Assessor)Bolt-on training for independent assessment of L3 courses. Assessment + Logbook
EST L66Training for delivery and assessment of L1-L4 courses. Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L6A6 (L5 Assessor)Bolt-on for assessment of L5A courses.Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L77Assessment of Level 6 + 6A candidates.Assessment + Logbook + Observation