Survival Basics Course

Survival Basics Course

£55.00 per person

The Survival Basics Course from Original Outdoors is a one-day introductory woodland survival course held in North Wales


19th January 2020
19th April 2020
13th June 2020
15th August 2020
3rd October 2020

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Survival Basics Course

New for 2020 – one-day introductory survival course held in North Wales

£55.00 per person

Original Outdoors has been running survival training for clients from a range of backgrounds for several years. The Survival Basics Course is new for 2020, building on the success of our very popular Bushcraft Basics course.

The course takes place on a private 90-acre site near the market town of Ruthin and focuses on the Priorities of Survival for a temperate environment. We cannot of course show you every conceivable survival trick, but we can teach course participants the essential skills for surviving an outdoor emergency and assisting in their own rescue.

You will be learning alongside one of our experienced instructors in the woods and fields of this hidden corner of North Wales. If you want to see more of the professional-level courses that this course is built upon then please take a look at our sister brand Original Outdoor Professional, where we work with industry, police and military clients.

This course requires no previous experience or for you to supply any specialist equipment. The only equipment you need to bring is good, solid footwear such as walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing, plus a lunch. We will supply all other required equipment for the day.

Please see below for full course content.

The course runs from 9:00am to approximately 5:00pm.

Course Content

  • The Priorities of Survival
  • Emergency and improvised shelters using minimal or zero tools
  • Identification of safe and dangerous wild foods
  • Water filtration, purification and methods for acquiring water
  • Firelighting in all conditions
  • Kit choice and use, including survival kits
  • Preparing for rescue and signalling to rescuers

Course Dates

Each course begins at 9:00am and finishes at around 5:00pm

19th January 2020
19th April 2020
13th June 2020
15th August 2020
3rd October 2020

The Survival Basics Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB just north of the beautiful market town of Ruthin. A mix of ancient trackways, woodlands and surrounding hills and rivers gives us a detailed environment to explore and learn to live in.

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

Richard Prideaux

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 to bring any equipment?

There is a minimum equipment list but it is what you would expect for a day spent outdoors including waterproof clothing and walking boots. We will supply any specialist equipment such as knives or axes, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you wish.

Can I bring a dog?

Yes – but it will need to be well-behaved and remain on a lead at all times.

How fit do I need to be?

There is around an hour of walking throughout the entire day, and once we are at the camp area you will be on your feet for most of the day. If you have any questions about fitness then please get in touch.

Can children attend this course?

We think that it’s vital that children learn the basics of outdoor safety, and we are always happy to have children along on the course – but please bear in mind that this is a training course., not an ‘activity day’. The techniques taught on this course come from real scenarios from around the world, and the instructors will be talking at times about the risk of death, injury and some subjects that will not be suitable for young children.
We advise that you contact us before booking places for under-18s.

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.

If you are looking for survival training for work, industry or as part of a structured programme please take a look at our sister brand Original Outdoors Professional.