Course List

1 Day “Stay Alive” Survival Skills course

Central Coast   $225

“An absolutely fantastic experience far better than what we were expecting! The ASI Instructors are very knowledgeable and professional with a strong emphasis on safety as well as being attentive and patient. A lot of content was covered and the hands on experiences gave us confidence that we can now really use what we learned. We’d absolutely recommend this course to family and friends. Well done and thanks!”

Andrew J & Meghan G. Dec 2014

Our one day “Stay Alive” modern survival skills  course is a dynamic combination of both traditional and modern survival, bushcraft and safety skills. Learn what to do if you get lost in the outdoors, what important survival gear you should carry, how to create emergency shelters from both natural and manmade materials, light a fire without matches, find & filter water, navigate with a map and a compass as well as by the sun and stars, use effective signalling techniques for rescue and much, much more! The course content includes:- Emergency Shelter Construction, Survival Fire-lighting Skills, Food and Water Procurement, Emergency Signalling & Survival Navigation, Emergency First Aid and Survival Equipment Selection. Basic Bushcraft Skills and Survival Gear, Tools and Equipment. Australian Survival Instructors one day “Stay Alive” courses are held  on over 3,000 private acres of pristine Aussie bush & rainforest in a remote valley with clear running water & tidal fishing creek, on the Central Coast of NSW.

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2 Day “Stay Alive Extended” Survival Skills course

Central Coast   $495

Our two day ‘extended” wilderness survival course is a dynamic combination of both traditional and modern survival, bushcraft and safety skills.  Learn what to do if you get lost in the outdoors, what important survival gear you should carry, make your own primitive shelter, light a fire without matches, find water and treat using primitive methods, navigate by the stars and sun and also with a map and a compass, use effective signalling techniques for rescue and much, much more! Held on over 3,000 acres of private Rainforests, Sandstone cliffs, Marshland and Tidal Fishing Creek

The course content includes:-

Emergency Shelter Construction, Survival Fire-lighting Skills both Primitive & Modern, Food and Water Procurement & Treatment, Emergency Signalling & Survival Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Emergency First Aid and Survival Equipment Selection, Basic Bushcraft Skills, Tools and Equipment, Orienteering, Fishing and much, much more.

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4 Day “Comprehensive” Survival Skills course

Central Coast   $995 

“The knowledge and experience of the ASI team is limitless. The course is presented in a friendly & professional manner which challenges participants to rely on themselves while learning the fundamental skills of Survival. I have gained invaluable knowledge & skills on this course that supersedes any expectations I had, prior to taking part. 100% Awesome, and thanks for sharing fellahs!”

 Hugh M.. May 2017

Seriously. . .  .This is the best ever 4 day learning experience I have ever done. All of the instructors were so amazing and knowledgeable, and I feel like a new man coming home from the experience. The skills and knowledge that I picked up now have me ready to challenge myself more. If you want to know that you can go into the bush and survive if something bad happens then you NEED to take this course! If you don’t think about this, you will become the next newspaper headline!

Hamish McDonald,  May 2017

A.S.I’s four day “Comprehensive” courses are held  on over 3,000 private acres of pristine Aussie bush in a remote valley with clear running freshwater and also tidal cheeks on the Central Coast of NSW, 1 hr drive north of Sydney CBD. From the outset practical skills are in use with a “hands on” approach being promoted. Subjects covered include, Protection & Shelter – Emergency Shelter Construction, Improvised Shelter Materials, Traditional Aboriginal shelter construction, Jungle shelters. Survival First Aid: Priorities For Life, Treating Common Survival Illnesses & Conditions, Bush Remedies & Improvised Treatment, Hypothermia “The Silent Killer”, Survival First Aid Equipment. Location & Signalling – Improvised Signalling Methods & Equipment, Signalling Aircraft, International Signal Code, Signal fires, Flares and Mirrors. Water Procurement – Transpiration Method, Wells, Natural Water Sources, Emergency Water Sterilising, Water From Plant Sources, Improvised Water Storage. Food Procurement – Survival Archery using primitive bows, Use of Snares & Traps,  Edible Plant Life, Emergency Food Preparation and Improvised Cooking Methods, Wild game butchering & skinning. Emergency Fire-lighting – Improvised Fire-lighting Methods, Use of Flint & Steel, Fire Bow and Drill, Hand Drill, Natural Tinders, Types of fires. Navigation – Use of map & compass, compass types, magnetic declination, Grid references, Latitude and longitude, GPS, pace counting, navigating by sun and stars, navigation using natural features. Primitive skills, Bush foods and improvised bush cooking methods… and more


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1 Day Bush Food, Medicines & Tools

Central Coast   $225

Learn how to forage for bush tucker and medicines. How to identify, cook, and use native Australian plants. This one day intensive course teach you how to identify edible and traditional useful plants. How to harvest, cook and prepare them, how to use them in a traditional and historical fashion,  and you will also learn their nutritional and medicinal values.

Field Journal provided for your records.

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2 Day Forging in the Wild – Primitive Blacksmithing

Central Coast   $585

ASI are proud to offer our 2-day Primitive Blacksmithing course, students will learn to forge a full sized field knife, roman fire steel, S-hook, and chisel & punch, as our ancestors did with simple tools, charcoal, and an earthen pit forge. This is a creative partnership between you and the primal elements of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air in the creation of  custom, hand wrought, bushcraft toolse from high carbon tool steel. The Bare Bladesmithing 2-Day course does not have prerequisite requirements and is open to beginning level students without experience.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of high carbon steel metallurgy
  • Forge an S hook
  • Forge and Heat Treat a traditional Roman fire steel
  • Forge and Heat Treat a Chisel and Punch
  • Forge a high carbon steel alloy knife blade in a primitive earthen forge
  • Understand the essentials of practical blade and edge geometry for survival and bushcraft knives
  • Heat treat your forged blade to harden and temper a perfect balance of edge retention and toughness
  • Sharpen and hone your blade into a razor’s edge without relying on jigs or modern angle guides.

*This class includes an overnight camp-out – with a tidal river for fishing.

This exciting new course, the only one of its kind anywhere in Australia, is held on over 3000 private acres of pristine Aussie bush in a remote 3 sided valley with clear running water and a tidal creek with temperate rainforests and sandstone outcrops and caves, on the Central Coast of NSW. 

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3 Day Primitive & Traditional Skills Workshop

Central Coast   $695

A.S.I are proud to offer our 3 day Primitive Technology Workshop course focusing on Primitive & Traditionall skills including a Game Preparation & Tanning skins, Primitive Pottery, Atlatls & darts & throwing sticks, Cordage & Weaving, Flint Knapping, and also Bush Tucker. All materials provided, including English flint . Learn how to dig your own clay, and make functional cookware for use on open fires, then complete your project with a unique firing process replicated from the Anasazi people of the Sth West of U.S.A. Other curriculum subjects include cordage & weaving, baskets, dilly bags,  tanning with proteins, including brains, live game preparation, fleshing and smoking, throwing weapons making.
The goal of this workshop is to enrich students’s lives with the learning of long term primitive living skills and bring them into a closer relationship with natures abundance of natural materials .





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“The primitive survival course was a crazy experience.. The volume of skills and knowledge that was shared was huge for a 3 day course.. Loved it!!”

Mitch Atkinson Sept 2016

“Kev is a real artist. You should see some of the dagger sized work he has done. You can feel they are the real deal when picking up one. 
I would recommend a course with A.S.I for many other reasons as well, but the flint knapping alone was worth it in my mind.”

Bjorn Jacobsen March 2017


2 Day Longbow making course

Central Coast   $585

Our 2 day Longbow and Selfbow making course is a dynamic combination of both traditional and modern woodworking and crafting skills which enable you to complete your own longbow or selfbow. You will also make your own string, shoot your finished bow on our 3D Archery range, and also you can use your downtime to fish on our tidal river for your fresh fish dinner. You will also learn about the history of Archery through the ages, and learn what equipment Oetzi the Iceman carried, by seeing our own reproductions first hand. Various staves of timber offered, including laminates, and one piece timbers and all tools supplied.

“An absolutely brilliant weekend recently making bows. Thanks Kevin and Zac, we will be back again to do more with you guys!”







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Kevin Newton 0423 572 048

Australian Survival Instructors
ABN# 751 379 4335