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Nothing beats hands-on training. Good survival training significantly increases the odds in your favor. It's also a lot of fun and can be a character building experience as well.

Except where otherwise indicated, most of these companies offer general wilderness survival education, as well as a myriad of other related courses. Some offer these courses at multiple locations, not just at the address listed. Most can accommodate groups or organizations and many will custom tailor a course to your requirements and hold it at a location convenient to your group.

Note also that many civic, outdoor and wilderness sports oriented and aviation organizations, community colleges, universities and the like offer survival courses. A call to area outdoor sports specialty shops will often turn up a number of local options. While the quality varies, most are pretty good, reasonably priced and even the worst one could imagine would still be much better than just relying on book knowledge.

The are many "outdoors" schools and courses that are aimed more at developing character than teaching survival skills. Organizations like Outward Bound and others do an excellent job, and most of us could benefit from such an experience, but if survival knowledge is your goal, aim for a school or course that is geared towards survival. Some may also be designed to help you develop and grow in the same way as do these others, but the emphasis is on survival and survival skills.

Investigate the course and schools you are interested in thoroughly. Ask for references from prior students and check them out. When assessing references, take into account their experience level vis-a-vis how they rate the experience. Ensure the curriculum and instructional philosophy matches your needs, interests and physical condition. Find out who, exactly, will provide instruction and what is their background and experience.

Inclusion in this listing does not imply any endorsement of the company or its courses unless otherwise noted. SELECT AND PARTICIPATE IN SURVIVAL SCHOOLS AND COURSES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Instruction in survival skills and techniques can be dangerous and could result in injury, maiming, or death.
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5725 E. Beck Lane
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
FAX: 602-529-1675
Contact: Bruce Beck
[Primitive and modern survival skills]

Aboriginal Living Skills School
P.O. Box 3064
Prescott, AZ 86302
Cody Lundin
[Specializing in primitive and modern wilderness living and survival skills in desert and mountain terrain. Lundin is the author of 98.6 Degrees - The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive! ]

Advanced Response Training
3619 Molly Ave.
Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3G2
Shannon Koppenhoefer
[Wilderness, urban, and aquatic rescue training programs including wilderness first aid, first responder, and survival training.]

Adventure Guides
PO BOX 403
Katoomba 2780
61 2 47827722
FAX: 61 2 47823383
William Proctor
[Survival, Navigation, Adventure Racing Skills and Tracking Courses]

Ancient Pathways
P.O. Box 2068
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-2068
Tony Nester
[1-7 day courses on desert survival and bushcraft skills. Provides desert survival and safety training courses for corporate groups, the military, and companies who have workers operating in remote desert regions. Nester is the author of "Practical Survival - Tips, Tricks, & Skills" ]

P.O. Box 64350
Colorado Springs, CO 80962-4350
Greg Wiggins
[Year-round training, specializing in winter survival and avalanche survival, also team building/leadership.]

Aviation Egress Systems, Ltd.
200 Hart Rd.
Victoria, B.C., Canada
V9C 1A1
FAX: 250-478-2678 Bryan Webster
[General Aviation oriented ditching and underwater egress courses with unique GA simulator.]

Arizona Outdoor Institute
4733 Gloria Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Dave Ganci
[Wilderness survival, specializes in desert survival. Ganci is the author of "The Basic Essentials of Desert Survival"]

Bearclaw Survival, Ltd.
72 Heath Rd.
Chadwell Heath
Phone: 07761089155
Gary Wale
[Wilderness survival, bushcraft]

Bailey Mountain Wilderness Survival School
P.O. Box 31
Wynantskill, New York 12198
Joe Reilly
[Modern and primative survival instruction, geared for hikers, hunters and the outdoor enthusiast.]

Black Lodge Survival Course
P.O. Box 12397
Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2397
FAX: 480-998-2569
Harley SwiftDeer Reagan/Bruce Beck
[Wilderness Survival, urban survival, preparedness, personal protection, self defense, firearms training.]

Bob Cooper Outdoor Education Pty Ltd
P.O. Box 8486
Perth Business Centre
Perth, Western Australia 6849
+61 (08) 9377 1767
FAX: +61 (08) 9377 1217
Contact: Bob Cooper
[Wilderness survival training from basic to advanced]

Boreal Wilderness Institute
P.O. Box 76090
Edmonton, AB. T6H 5Y7
Bruce Zawalsky
[Modern wilderness survival].

Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS)
P.O. Box 1590
Boulder, Colorado 80306
FAX: 303-442-7425
Josh Bernstein
[Wilderness survival in a high desert setting of Boulder, Utah or winter survival in the Rocky Mountains with emphasis on primitive skills and tools, as well as the added benefit of personal challenge in the "Field" courses. Based on Larry Dean Olsen's (author of Outdoor Survival Skills) original primitive skills wilderness programs.

7 day "Skills" courses in a wide variety of survival skills from beginning to advanced levels and 7, 14 and 28 day "Field" courses. A recent addition are separate women's and mens only courses, Sonoran Coastline Skills and Boreal (Canadian Forests) Winter Skills Courses.]

Center for Occupational Swimming
102 Harrison Dr.
Hinesville, GA 31313
FAX: 912-368-4878
Bruce Lanctot or Laurie Padgett
[Swim training for people who work in open water or offshore industries, survival swimming.]

Conniry's Native Skills & Wilderness School
12061 Wildcat Canyon Rd.
Lakeside, CA 92040
Susan and Tom Conniry
[With a background based on extensive experience at Tom Brown, Tracker this school emphasizes primitive survival techniques utilizing the Tracker philosophy. The New Women Warrior Outdoor Training Adventure provides an opportunity for women "to reach their highest potential not only physically and mentally but with a direct emphasis on spiritual growth."]

Corporate Air Parts - Life Support & Survival Training
7641 Densmore Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Contact: Earl Marchesi
[CAP specializes in aviation related emergency procedures and survival training, primarily oriented towards Part 135 and corporate aviation. They also offer Hypoxia Recognition and Recovery training utilizing the hypoxia simulation Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device 2.]

Deep Woods Training Services
48 Baffin Crescent
Thompson, Manitoba R8N 1H4
FAX: 204-778-7820
Contact: Greg Szocs
[Cold Weather Survival, Aviation Survival, and general outdoor safety and skills programs]

Desert Unique Survival Training (D.U.S.T)
P.O. Box 326
Overland Trail Camp, Main St.
Fort Davis, TX 79734
FAX: 915-426-2418
Contact: William E. Box
[Specializing in survival skills in desert and arid mountain terrain]

Earth Star Survival
224 Trinity Ave.
Ambler, PA 19002
FAX: 215-654-9164
Contact: Bob Collins
[Wilderness survival training. Evening, day and weekend courses in Eastern Pennsylvania]

EarthWalk Northwest
P.O. Box 461
Issaquah, WA 98027
FAX: 206-746-7757
Frank and Karen Sherwood
[Former head instructors with Tom Brown, Tracker for 15 years, the Sherwoods started their own primitive survival school in 1995. Emphasis is on primitive survival techniques utilizing the Tracker philosophy.]

Educational Training Company
305 Moller
Sitka, AK 99835
907 747-5454
Contact: Dug Jensen
[Cold weather, cold water, egress training, survival instructor courses, small boat operator, commercial fisherman drill courses, hoods in woods programs, kayak expeditions courses, how to live of the grid, snow schools, wild edibles and custom training for USCG ,NOAA, US Forest Service, Fire Departments, Airlift Northwest and more.]

Emergency Response Institute, Inc.
4537 Foxhall Drive, N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
FAX: 360-459-7538
Patrick LaValla
[Offers Search and Rescue and Disaster management courses, for both wilderness and urban environments. The also offer aviation survival courses. LaValla is co-author of a number of disaster, search and rescue and survival texts including " Survival Sense for Pilots and Passengers."]

Emergency Response International
319 Olive St.
Cashmere, WA 98815
FAX: 509-293-6725
Robert (Skip) Stoffel
[Offers comprehensive disaster and survival training for government, business and individuals. They have a variety of wilderness and aviation survival courses, including underwater egress training with portable trainers and Search and Rescue training and management courses. Stoffel is co-author of a number of disaster, search and rescue and survival texts including " Survival Sense for Pilots and Passengers" and "The Handbook for Aviation Survival Sense"]

Enviro-Tech International
P.O. Box 2135
Montrose, CO 81402
[Wilderness survival programs including specialized programs for pilots and aeromedical personnel]

FACTS Training International / Aircare International Ltd.
3633 - 81st Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98512
FAX: 360-754-1011
Doug Mykol
[FACTS specializes in aviation related emergency procedures and survival training, primarily oriented towards corporate aviation. They utilize sophisticated mobile simulators to train crews and executives in emergency procedures. Their AirCare International division provides related emergency medical training and services.]

Global Principles Survival School
653 West 23rd St. #294
Panama City, FL 32405
FAX: 850-722-7870
Eric Metzger
[Primitive and modern wilderness survival skills. All instructors are certified US Air Force Survival Instructors. Wilderness survival skills, navigation, tracking, primitive weapons, sustenance and defensive tactics.]

J. Hare Safety & Survival Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 300528
J.F.K. Airport Station
Jamaica, NY 11430-0528
Jeff Hare
[Hare specializes in aviation survival training, especially corporate aircrew training. He holds an annual series of Winter Survival Courses on Mt. Washinton in New Hampshire.]

Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School (HOPS)
Box 691
Pony, MT 59747-0691
Tom & Renee Elpel
[Wilderness survival. Elpel's "primitive and contemporary living skills." classes emphasize wilderness lifestyle skills more than survival, "providing an integrated experience with nature."]

Hoods Woods
P.O. Box 549
Garden Valley, ID 83622
888-257-2847 (toll free)
Ron Hood
[Wilderness survival is Hood's specialty. Survival courses range from one day of basics for beginners up to eight days for those with more experience. Courses are conducted in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Hood is the producer of the "Woodsmaster" survival video series.]

HSRS (Helicopter Survival Rescue Services)
81 Ilseley Ave, Unit 7
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1L5
800-565-8677 (toll free)
FAX: 902-468-3083
Bob Ireland
[Helicopter ditching and egress training and water survival is HSRS' specialty. HSRS utilizes a proprietary portable Underwater Escape Trainer to give students practical egress training.]

Humboldt State University - Wilderness Survival, Center Activities
Center Activities
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
Mark Condes
[Mostly modern with a few primitive techniques, geared mostly towards local forests, classroom and field work plus a three-day, two-night trip.]

IFAP (Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention) Western Australia
128 Farrington Road
Western Australia 6149
FAX: 61-8-9430-6093
Chris Ryrie
[An Australian occupational safety and health training and consulting organization, IFAP offers a variety of public and customized courses including a range of survival courses. It operates a Helicopter Underwater Escape Training center with a large indoor pool and a Survival Systems (Canada) METS helicopter simulator.]

Jack Mountain Bushcraft
P.O. Box 61
Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896-0061
FAX: 603-569-6150
Contact: Tim Smith
[Wilderness survival, primitive skills]

Joe's Wilderness Survival Skills
2025 County Road 2105
Kemp, TX 75143
Contact: Joe Musselwhite
[Modern and primitive survival skills, focusing on the basics.]

Karamat Wilderness Ways
12137-85 St.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5B 3G5
FAX: 780-474-4520
Mors Kochanski & Randy Breeuwsma
[Primitive and wilderness survival, specializing in wilderness survival in the northern boreal forests.]

KSK Industries, Inc.
444 Bracewood Cresent S.W.
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2W 3B8
FAX: 403-281-9338
Email to:
Tim Kelly
[Aviation survival training, specializing in the Canadian type environment.]

Lifesong Wilderness Adventures
73569 HWY 101
North Bend, OR 97459
FAX: 541-759-4852
Mark Weinert, Jr
[A long time Tom Brown, Tracker student, emphasis is on primitive survival techniques and Nature Awareness utilizing the Tracker philosophy. Offers "Wild Child," a special nature program for youth.]

LTR (Learn To Return) Training Systems, Inc.
230 E. Potter Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99518
FAX: 907-563-9185
Brian Horner
[LTR specializes in aviation oriented survival, but also has considerable expertise in arctic survival, water survival and international travel survival - well designed courses, skilled professional staff. Portable simulators are used for underwater egress training.]

Marine Survival Training Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 42890
Lafayette, LA 70504-2890
FAX: 337-262-5926
Terry Crownover
[MSTC specializes in marine survival for the offshore oil industry and aviation water survival. Very affordable underwater egress training using the advanced Survival Systems (Canada) METS helicopter ditching simulator.]

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School
435 Fancy Hill Rd.
Amherst, VA 24521
Reggie Bennett
[Weekend wilderness survival courses.]

Nature Knowledge
1825 Linden Street
Grand Junction, CO 81503
Mel Deweese
[Primitive and wilderness survival.]

Northwest School of Survival
2870 NE Hogan Rd, Suite E, #461
Gresham, OR 97030
800 W. 5th Ave., Suite 103-B
Naperville, IL 60563
FAX: 630-305-9717
Brian Wheeler
[Wilderness and primitive survival, all environments, avalanche survival, executive, team building/leadership training, international training]

Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Center
PO Box 285 Puvirnituq
Quebec JOM 1PO
819-732-2197 FAX: 819-732-0766
Mario Aubin
[Arctic Winter and Summer Survival courses taught by native Inuit instructors. Taught in Nunavik, Quebec's arctic region north of the 55th parallel.

6612 Fredrick Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
FAX: 719-533-0152 (call first) Peter Kummerfeldt
[Specializing in providing practical (not primitive) outdoor safety training to those who recreate in the backcountry with special emphasis on children and single female heads-of-households.]

Primitive Skills Network
[A group of primitive skills and wilderness survival enthusiasts and instructors. A central location for finding out about a variety of survival courses and primitive skills workshops put on by members.]

Pro Aviation Safety Training
3696 - 156 Street
Surrey, B.C., Canada, V3S 0H4
FAX: 604-575-8601
Contact: Jackie Heiler
[Aircraft ditching, underwater egress and sea survival training for aircrew and passengers. Portable multi-crew dunker.]

Randall's Adventure & Training (RAT)
60 Randall Road
Gallant, AL 35972
Phone: 256-570-0175
Jeff Randall
[Randall specializes in primitive and jungle survival in the jungles of Central and South America. They "do not guarantee you'll have fun," but they advertise that you will learn a lot. Randall is co-author of "Adventure Travel In The Third World."]

Reevis Mountain School of Self Reliance
HCO2 Box 1534
Roosevelt,  AZ  85545
520-467-2675 (message only)
Peter "Bigfoot" Busnack
[Peter's ranch is in the Superstition mountains just east of Phoenix, Arizona and the only way to reach him is by U.S. mail (no phones, no plumbing, no roads). A variety of Wilderness Survival and related courses are available, including a trek.  He lives what he teaches 365 days a year. Peter is featured in the "StayAlive" series of survival videos by Preston Westmoreland.]

Rimachi Expeditions
2417 Appleridge Dr.
Columbus, OH 43223
FAX: 614-274-4635
Mark Sexton
[Jungle Survival Expeditions, Tracking, and Navigation Courses. Located in the jungles of Peru.]

Safe Return Wilderness & Urban Survival Training
1310 Brown's Store Rd.
Heathsville, VA 22473
Mike Marcon
[Wilderness survival training for pilots and outdoor enthusiasts]

School of Wilderness Arts & Technology
RR#1 Box 79
Palmer Rapids, Ontario
FAX: 613-758-1092
Mike Desrochers
[Professional level training such as Wilderness First Aid, Moving Water Rescue, Vertical Rescue and Aviator's First Aid & Rescue (AFAR) program.]

Simply Survival
P.O. Box 882
Stevenson, WA 98648
FAX: 509-427-4155
Gregory J. Davenport
[More than just "simply surviving." "The Art of Adapting" is the focus of Simply Survival's leadership, backpacking and seven day wilderness survival courses. Davenport is the author of a wilderness survival manual, simply titled, "Wilderness Survival."]

Snowdonia Survival School Ltd.
1 Maenan Terrace
Conwy. LL34 6NH. North Wales
United Kingdom
+44 1492 642196 / +44 1492 640490
FAX: +44 1492 640490
[Jungle, Mountain and Snow Survival courses. The company is run by and employs ex-British service personnel]

P.O. Box 5694
Woodland Park, CO 80866-5694
FAX: 719-687-1988
[Jungle survival program with U.S. Special Forces vets, held in Costa Rica]

STARK Survival
6227 E. Hwy 98
Panama City FL 32404
Ken Burton
[STARK specializes in aviation related emergency procedures and survival training, especially for corporate aviation crews and executives. Trains in the company's aircraft on location. All water survival training includes in-water training with the aircraft's life raft. Annual three day water survival equipment evaluation and training in Panama City on the Bay and out in the Gulf of Mexico. Portable helicopter egress training equipment.]

Survival Adventure Course
Octagon Farm House
Bungay Road
Norfolk NR14 8SJ
Phone: 01508 493141
Email to:
David Jackson I.S.T.C.
[Wilderness survival courses in the Thetford Forest, East Anglia, England. All age groups throughout the year and in all conditions.]

SARTAC International/
P.O. Box, 317
Sherburne, NY 13460-0317
Contact: Paul Marsters
[Wilderness survival and Search and Rescue training]

Survival in the Bush, Inc.
R.R. 3, Hanover, Ontario
Canada, N4N 3B9
FAX: 519-364-4829
Dr. Gino F. Ferri
[Wilderness survival training. Ferri is the author of "The Psychology of Wilderness Survival."]

Survival of the Fittest
223 Canada Dr.
St. John's Newfoundland, A1E 4A2
709-749-2165, 709-368-0200
FAX: 801-761-3332
[Wilderness survival training]

Survival Systems Training Inc.
144 Tower Avenue
Groton, CT 06340
FAX: 860-405-0006
[Aviation safety and survival training including helicopter underwater egress training. Facility includes a training pool and Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS).]

Survival Systems Training Limited
40 Mount Hope Avenue
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
FAX: 902-466-2929
Peter Gibbs
[Providing safety and survival training for the offshore/marine industry including helicopter underwater egress training. Facility includes a training pool and Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS).]

Survivors Edge Instructional Services
3127 Robinson Rd.
Sooke BC VOS 1NO
Jackson Wagner
[Wilderness survival, outdoors adventure, self-defense]

Timberwolf Wilderness Adventures (FKA Ranger Wilderness Survival School)
13127 Whitefish Point Rd.
Paradise, MI 49768
Len McDougall/Cheanne Chellis
[Wilderness survival, all season, tracking, outdoors skills. McDougall's philosophy is that hardship and pain are always counterproductive to maintaining life under actual survival conditions. To that end, he emphasizes practicality and ingenuity rather than toughness and strength. McDougall is the author of a number of survival texts including Practical Outdoor Survival.]

Timonda Emergency Services
1241 Cherry Point Road, RR#3
Cobble Hill, B.C. Canada V0R 1L0
Email to:
Tim Mitchell
[Wilderness survival and wilderness medicine courses.]

Tom Brown, Tracker
P.O. Box 173
Asbury, NJ 08802-0173
FAX: 908-479-6867 Tom Brown, Jr.
[Wilderness survival with a primitive bent. Brown is the author and co-author of several classic survival texts including ""Tom Brown's Guide to Wilderness Survival"]

Touch the Wild
9 Roy Street, Thorneside
Brisbane, 4158
(07) 3822 8119
Contact: William Marshall
[Weekend and week long courses in bushcraft and survival. Coastal and Arid region courses]

UK Survival School Ltd.
Seymour House
24 East St.
01432 376751
FAX: 01432 357113
Contact: Ged Lawless
[Survival, expedition and navigation training, team development and leadership courses]

Utan Bara Adventure Team (UBAT)
Jalan Pahang 53000
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Phone: 40225124
FAX: 40226125
[UBAT teaches practical jungle survival courses in private 1000 plus hectares of multi-terrained jungles. Emphasis on "Doing what you have to do at Where you are with What you have with/around you and Expecting the Unexpected." Organized at-your-own-pace.]

Wilderness Survival Institute
8415 Coyote Run
Loveland, CO 80537-9665
FAX: 970-669-8072
Don Davis
[W.I.S.E. teaches a "common sense approach" to wilderness survival.]

Wilderness Learning Center
435 Sandy Knoll Rd.
Chateaugay, NY 12920
Marty Simon
[Outdoor survival and skills]

Wild Food Adventures
4125 N Colonial Ave.
Portland, OR 97217-3338
Contact: John Kallas, Ph.D.
[Outdoor education, training, and recreation in edible wild plants. North American focus.]

PO Box 35
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
John Gibbons
[Wilderness and primitive survival. John is the grandson of wild foods advocate and author, Euell Gibbons.]

World Survival Institute (WSI)
No longer in business due to death of Chris Janowsky
[Wilderness survival. Janowsky was the producer of the "Wilderness Survival" video series and co-author of "Survival - A Manual That Could Save Your Life."]

PO Box 64
West Sussex GU29 9WL
01730 816299
John Rhyder
[Bushcraft, survival and related outdoor skills training]

WSC Wilderness Survival School
112 Courtland Avenue East
Kitchener, Ontario
FAX: 519-570-2021
David Arama
[Survival Preparedness Training]

Woodsmoke - The Art of Surviva
PO Box 45
CA15 9WB
+44 1900 821733
FAX: +44 1900 821733
B. McNutt & L.Fenton
[Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival courses taught in the heart of the English Lake District.]

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