Contrary to what some may think, there are NO official qualifications for teaching Bushcraft. There are some accredited courses throughout the UK and they're great, but there are NO official qualifications. Some say this is a major issue and has led to a lot of under qualified and under skilled people teaching without proper training.
We don't want to get into the politics of all of this, but what we do want to do is offer affordable guidance, skills training as well as instruction and tips on how to teach to those who are interested in becoming a bushcraft or survival instructor or indeed to pass on our knowledge and experience to those who may be looking to increase their existing skills. It's worth bearing in mind that it's considered by many in the Bushcraft industry that it takes at least four years to gain enough experience to be classed as an instructor.
With that in mind we have created a three-day Bushcraft for practioners course where we will not only cover a lot of the basic elements of essential Bushcraft but also how to present and create teaching sessions, what sort of equpiment to have and demonstrate as well as helping you build your own skills toolbox to help you in your career. A course like this can also help you gain employment in the outdoor industry and help with insurance if you want to start teaching or work as a freelancer.
Subjects will include:
Shelter building using both natural and man made materials including ropes and knots.
Fire lighting from modern techniques through to primitive methods including fire by friction.
Fire lays, safety and management
Tool useage, selection, safety, sharpening and maintenance.
Water sourcing, filtration and treatment.
Tree identification and useage
Traps and tracking
campcraft gadgets and useful projects
Building a Bushcraft activity site
What to have in your kit
And a chance to spend one to one time with our team to tap into our 30+ years of experience of teaching outdoor activities.
This is a full on three days and whilst it won't give you a formal qualification it will give you a great insight into what takes to be a Bushcraft & Survival instructor and, should you wish to go on and do one of the various accreditation courses available in the UK it will set you up nicely to help you achieve this, we will issue you with our own certificate and who knows, maybe you might end up working with us in the future?
This course is ideal for outdoor centre staff looking to incorporate Bushcraft in their activities, Forest school leaders looking to boost their skill set, Scout, Cubs & Beaver leaders, School teachers and anyone interested in teaching skills to others.
£200 per person, price includes all instruction, teaching equipment needed for the course and camping if wish to stay at our woodland site. This is a self catered course but tea and coffee will be available throughout the course.
Course starts at 10am on the Friday and we aim to finish by 4pm on the Sunday
See the links below for a full itinerary and recommended kit list and do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions on 01233 220323 or use the "contact us" section on the website.