Wilderness Survival Foundations

Course Overview

Knife and FlintThe course is designed to establish the academic background and core skills necessary to enable clients to effectively endure a minimum of 72 hours in any austere wilderness environment. Search and rescue case studies show that this time window is often the most critical and when the vast majority of reported lost persons are recovered. During this 1 day course, we introduce Clients to the most common causes of finding yourself in a wilderness survival situation, how to minimize the risks of becoming isolated, what you need to do to stay alive, and provide a basic understanding of the national search and rescue architecture and your role in assisting in recovery. This is an ideal course for those just beginning their survival education, the perfect “emergency tool box” for recreational outdoorsmen and women, and a thorough refresher for experienced adventures.

Need a 1-Day CRASH Course in Survival Skills? Then Foundations is for you! Whether you are new to survival or rather experienced, this course will be a great addition to your survival knowledge.All course attendees receive:

OGC Wilderness Survival: Foundations (WS-F) Certificate
Free Fire Starter Flint

LUNCH PROVIDED! (Outside Food/Drink Permitted)

GAP Qualifying: YES
Skill Focus: Individual Mindset and Mechanics
Delivery: Campus or MTT
Target Audience: Any outdoors enthusiast – hikers, campers, skiers, hunters, photographers, climbers, bikers, trail runners, etc.
Pre-requisites: NONE
Restrictions: NONE
Age Limit: 12+ to Attend Alone; 5 w/ Parent or Guardian
Course Length: 1 day | Outdoors – 9hrs
Activity Level: Moderate
Timeline: 7:30AM-5:00PM
Class Size: 1-30


Introduction to Survival

  • Primary Causes of Survival Situations
  • Planning & Avoidance
  • Survival Psychology
  • Prioritizing Survival Needs
  • Assessing Survivability
  • Proper Mindset
  • Preparation


  • Methods for Procurement
  • Evaluation of a Water Source
  • Water Containers
  • Treatment: Filtered vs. Purified
  • Commercial and Natural Filtration Systems
  • Commercial and Natural Purification Techniques


  • Survival Uses of Fire
  • The Fire Triangle
  • Types of Tinder
  • Introduction to Fire Lays
  • Gathering & Processing Fire Materials
  • Ignition Sources
  • Fire Management

Survival Shelter & Knots

  • Introduction to Survival Knots
  • Proficiency in 4 Critical Knots
  • Shelter Site Selection
  • Natural, Improvised, & Hasty Designs
  • Principles of Weatherproofing & Insulation

Food Considerations

  • Coping with Hunger
  • Primary Wild Edible Plants
  • Insects & Alternative Food Sources
  • Introduction to Primitive Hunting Tools

Search & Rescue

  • Overview of Land Search & Rescue
  • SAR Capabilities
  • Basic Lost Person Behavior
  • Strategies for Self Recovery
  • Vital SAR Statistics

Emergency Signaling

  • Types of Signals
  • Principles of Signaling
  • Proper Employment
  • Signal Limitations
  • Ground to Air Signals (GTAS)
  • The “Magic Button” – Personal Locator Beacons
  • Immediate Action Steps

Packing Considerations

  • Picking a Pack
  • Wilderness Everyday Carry Kits (EDC)
  • Gear Planning for an Adventure
  • “Never Leave Without” Items
  • Packing Convenience

Plus Multiple HANDS ON Practical Exercises!

• Backpack (1 per group)
• Water bottle or Camelbak type hydration system
• Quality fixed-blade knife w/ belt mounted sheath*
• Rite-in-the-Rain or similar notepad
• Pens/Pencils
• Work style gloves
• Clear lens eye protection
• Metal canteen style cup (will be put in a camp fire)*
• Sunscreen (as necessary)
• Bug spray
• Comfortable outdoor clothing, weather appropriate
• Closed toe shoes*Items may be borrowed from OGC.
* Knives and Metal Cup can be loaned if needed

This course is offered at our Headland, AL. Training Compound and is also available from our MTT (Mobile Training Team).

If you’re interested in having this course conducted in your local area contact us now for information how.

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Wilderness Survival Foundations
January 1, 1970
12:00 am
633 County Road 163 Headland, AL. 36345
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July 9, 2016
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