Our One day ‘Stay Alive’ 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, use effective signalling techniques for rescue and much more! The course content includes:- Emergency Shelters, Survival Fire-lighting Skills, Water Procurement, Emergency Signalling & Survival Navigation, Emergency First Aid and Survival Equipment Selection, Basic Bushcraft & Survival Gear, Tools and Equipment. This course is held in NSW State Forest on the Central Coast, 1 hr drive Nth of Sydney
Our Two day ‘Stay Alive extended’ wilderness survival course is a dynamic combination of both traditional and modern survival, bushcraft and safety skills and extends our 1 day course, to include staying out overnight, for an extra days training. 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, use effective signalling techniques for rescue and much, much more! This course is held in NSW State Forest on the Central Coast, 1 hr drive Nth of Sydney
The course content includes:-
Emergency Shelter Construction, Survival Fire-lighting Skills both Primitive & Modern, Food and Water Procurement & Treatment, Emergency Signalling & Survival Navigation, Night time Celestial Navigation, Emergency First Aid and Survival Equipment Selection, Basic Bushcraft Skills, Tools and Equipment, Off Track Navigation & Orienteering and more.
ASI’s 4 day survival course is the flagship survival course taking the knowledge of the 1 and 2 day courses and building upon them while providing students with the opportunity to practise their new skills.
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
A.S.I’s four day ‘Comprehensive’ survival skills course is held in a remote section of Central Coast State Forest, 1 hr drive north of Sydney.
Learn how to forage for bush tucker and medicines. How to identify, cook, and use native Australian plants. This one day intensive course teach’s 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.
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 in Central Coast State Forest
A.S.I are proud to offer our 3 day Primitive & Traditional Skills course including Game Preparation & Tanning skins, Primitive Pottery, Cordage, Weaving & Basketry, 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. Traditional cordage, weaving and baskets including European pine needle work, learn the history and plant use for Indigenous Dilly bags and Bilum bags, from New Guinea. You will also skin and butcher small game then learn tanning processes including brains & other proteins. Stone technology will also be covered, .
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 .
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. Students can choose native timber staves, and sometimes also processed mill timber from the U.S.A. You will also make your own string, shoot your finished bow on our 3D Targets, and also you can use your downtime to explore the State Forest. You will also learn about the history of Archery through the ages, and learn what equipment Oetzi the Iceman carried, plus see our own bow creations first hand. Various staves of timber offered throughout the year.
Kevin Newton 0423 572 048
Australian Survival Instructors
ABN# 751 379 43351