Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework

Structured UK Survival and Outdoor Safety Training Courses from Original Outdoors

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, 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.

Environmental Survival Training Courses

Our Instructors

Richard Prideaux

Richard Prideaux

Richard is partner in Original Outdoors and the lead instructor for the Environmental Survival Training Framework. His background is as an outdoor instructor and mountain leader, and with several years spent in a North Wales volunteer mountain rescue team as Training Officer and Deputy Team Leader, including responsibilities organising and delivering training at regional and national levels.
He has worked with clients of all types from groups and individuals to government agencies, emergency services and other professional end users, plus several television appearances. Richard specialises in wilderness skills, navigation and search operations training.

Jan Bailey

Jan Bailey

Jan is an Associate Instructor for Original Outdoors and an instructor for the Environmental Survival Training Framework. His background is in outdoor instruction and education, with extensive experience in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He holds a number of internationally recognised qualifications in expedition leadership and avalanche safety, as well as UK qualifications in mountain leadership, rock climbing instruction and mountain bike leadership.
Working with clients of all types he specialises in wilderness skills, navigation, avalanche safety and expedition training.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Chris is a mountain leader and associate instructor for Original Outdoors. Chris has experience as an expedition instructor and leader, canoe and kayak instructor and spent time as a volunteer in one of the Snowdonia mountain rescue teams. Chris holds qualifications in several key outdoor leadership and safety training areas, and works with a wide range of clients across the U.K.
Chris specialises in mountain and water safety, expedition training and leadership and coaching.

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.

EST L11Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required.
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

EST Terrain Classification System

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Terrain Classification System has been created to group terrain types for discussion within the training and subsequent operations of the framework. You can read more about the EST Terrain Classification System here.

EST T11Urban and peri-urban areas where hard surfaces, buildings, street lighting and utilities are present
EST T22Gardens and enclosed fields, parkland, hedgerows and small woodlands. Mixed surfaces.
EST T33Large areas of vegetation with limited tracks and access, including heathland and forests below 300m above sea level (ASL)
EST T44Moorland and rolling, open farmland and unenclosed areas below 600m above sea level
EST T55Mountainous and moorland terrain above 600m ASL, forested and densely vegetated areas above 300m ASL OR T3-T4 terrain more than 1.5 km from point of normal vehicle access
EST T66Areas 3-5m from a significant area of moving or still water OR a steep drop of more than 1.8m
EST T77Areas less than 3m from a significant area of moving or still water OR a steep drop of more than 1.8m
EST T88All areas T1-T7 where permanent or temporary environmental factors make it significantly more hazardous than the average conditions for the average UK/temperate classification of that terrain (desert/arctic/high altitude/jungle/etc)