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Bushcraft competency training

Duration: Three days

Price: £305

Book with: Dave Watson
at Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd

Grangewood Farm
Netherseal, Swadlincote
DE12 8BG

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About the Course

This 3 day training course is approved through the Institute for Outdoor Learning and focusses on equipping Teachers, Wildlife Rangers, Outdoor Pursuit Instructors and Forest School Leaders with some detailed understanding and confidence in the key skills of Bushcraft.

The course looks at effective shelter construction, efficient fire lighting in a selection of methods with time spent on the bow drill, confident knife skills, string making direction finding, tree dentification, water procurement, wild food and wilderness cookery.

This course can lead on to the Bushcraft Competency assessment which is increasingly accepted as a useful benchmark for outdoor professionals.

Woodland Survival Crafts is one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft and Survival in the UK having been set up by Dave Watson in 1995. Our focus is simple: equip, inspire and build confidence and understanding. Dave and his team can be seen at various shows throughout the UK including the Bushcraft Show where they demonstrate various friction fire lighting as well as run workshops. Dave is also an assessor for the Bushcraft Competency as well as an External Verifier for Ascentis which is an awarding body.

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What's included in the price?

Price includes all equipment needed. Hot drinks are available throughout the course. You will need to bring food with you and you can cook on one of the campfires or bring your own cooker. Accommodation is either in the shelters that are already there, the ones you build or if required, your own tarp/tent.
You can park 200m away from the site and if your vehicle is not too low to the ground, closer.

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- - #7932

I'd like to thank you for your instruction and caring manner upon the course. I found the whole thing truly inspiring and it developed me as a person as much as my knowledge. Taking the three days out was truly life changing for me. 

- - #7931

Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable 3 days over which you covered a huge amount of Bushcraft skills. The wood is a wonderful location, with everything you might need to practice the skills covered. I particularly enjoyed and benefited from the practical and memorable way you have of teaching and I left far more confident in my skills and knowing the way ahead. Thanks again for a great 3 days.

- - #7930

Thanks again for the training: it has left me really inspired. I have made a couple of baskets, lots of different types of cordage and managed to get a bow drill ember using my own nettle cord on my birthday which was the best present I think i could have made for myself.  I also went on a little trip and made a fairly random mat out of dry grass that was inspired by the mat thing that Otzi had that no-one could quite decide what it was for. I lay on it.

- - #7929

We both had a great time and enjoyed not just the activities but also how friendly you all were and how easy going the whole thing was. Euan was terrific-very knowledgeable, amenable and nothing seemed too much trouble. Will certainly recommend you and hope to be back at some point.
Thanks again

- - #7928

A wealth of exceptional knowledge and experience.

- - #7927

Thank you for teaching us so many very interesting and useful skills – and for all the fun that you provided too. It was an experience that we’ll never forget and Charlotte has not stopped smiling since!

- - #7926

Excellent course. You were fantastic, I learned such a lot in 3 days. Inspired to continue learning.

- - #7925

Totally inspiring. You are full of great tips and useful anecdotes, on top of your obvious skill and knowledge.

- - #7924

Thank you so much for providing the fantastic setting and knowledge for the bush-craft course.I have learnt a huge amount in three days and I hope to continue my learning, not just from yourself but also through some of the contacts made. You offer a great service to the outdoor industry.
Thanks once again and I hope to be in touch soon.

- - #7923

Your approach enabled us to learn so much in such a short space of time and develop our woodland knowledge and skills to levels previously unimaginable.

- - #7922

Excellent! In depth and concise. Your knowledge and delivery was perfect.

- - #7921

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 14th March 2020
Monday 6th April 2020
  • Advanced/professional level
  • Residential

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