Course List

1 Day “Stay Alive” Survival Skills course

Central Coast   $195

“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   $445

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 and Primitive Cooking methods, Emergency Signalling & Survival Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Traditional Archery, Emergency First Aid and Survival Equipment Selection, Basic Bushcraft Skills Knifework and Axework, Survival Gear & Bug Out Bag gear selection & demonstration, Tools and Equipment, Orienteering, Fishing and much, much more.

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Traditional Tanning Kangaroo & Rabbit skins  – 2 days

Starting with a raw kangaroo hide and a freshly skinned Rabbit, finishing with soft, brain tanned hides.
This course is a practical, hands on experience of how to create a soft, wearable, durable and beautiful buckskin or hide using traditional and ancient methods. Besides Brain tanning you will also learn about Vegetable tanning, and Chemical tanning.
Each step will be taught in detail so that you can take this skill home with you. Focus will be on finishing 1 Roo hide/buckskin each, plus a tanned Rabbit skin each and learning the process as you go.
Hide tanning is a physical activity and to make your skins soft will require hard work and perseverance.
The harder you work, the more rewarding the process and the softer the leather becomes
You don’t need to be extremely fit or have lots of physical strength but you do need to be ready to work hard and give the hides all of your energy. You will also get to learn how to skin and prepare the meat for cooking.
After 2 days everybody will take home their own brain tanned Roo and Rabbit skins and final small project ie Knife sheath,  from leather and studs provided.

Central Coast   $465









4 Day “Comprehensive” Survival Skills course

Central Coast   $895

“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 – Solar Stills, Transpiration Method, Dew Collection, Wells, Natural Water Sources, Emergency Water Sterilising, Water From Plant Sources, Improvised Water Storage & Aboriginal historical water vessels. Food Procurement – Survival Archery using primitive bows, Use of Snares & Traps, Survival Fishing,  Edible Plant Life, Emergency Food Preparation and Improvised Cooking Methods, Wild game butchering, skinning and tanning, smoking & preserving game. 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 and weapons making – Flint knapping  – Spear making , How to make a stone knife, Resin collection and Hafting, Primitive pottery and clay making and clay treatment. Bush foods and improvised bush cooking methods… and more


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10 Day Malaysian Jungle and Tribal Living skills Survival Course – Perak State Malaysia

The ultimate Jungle Survival Experience !

Perak State & Kuala Lumpur   $2295

 Not including air fare

For the first time in Australia A.S.I offers The ultimate International Jungle Survival Course. You will spend 10 days in the Malaysian Jungle, within a recognised World heritage area, learning traditional Jungle Survival skills & also Tribal Living skills, with field trips to Anthropological museums included – Perak State. Meet at KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) -Limited places available. Deposit needed to secure your place. Email for more information.









3 Day Forging in the Wild – Primitive Forging

Central Coast   $585

NEW in 2019 – 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. 



3 Day Primitive & Traditional Survival Skills

Central Coast   $685

ASI are proud to offer our 3 day Primitive Technology and Survival Skills course focusing on primitive living survival skills including a comprehensive flint knapping and ‘wild’ pottery course, with all materials provided, including black obsidian from the U.S.A. You will also make primitive ‘wild’ pottery, by digging your own clay, treating it, 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 primitive fire methods, primitive fish hooks and fishing line, resin collection and manufacture, flint knapping, primitive cooking, primitive shelters, make primitive trap sets, live game preparation, brain tanning, fleshing and smoking, wood carving, cordage and netting, primitive water vessels, primitive fishing, pump drills, celestial navigation and more… .  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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“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 Selfbow and Longbow making courses

Central Coast   $545

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. Staves of cured and prepped Nth American White Ash 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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1 Day “Wilderness”  Navigation Course $245


Navigation is the skill of keeping track of where you are and where you want to go as well as the best way to complete that task. The most essential skills required by any outdoor traveller be they Climber, Bushwalker, Day Tripper, Family or Skier is to know how to navigate celestially in a survival situation or with a map and compass as well as more modern equipment such as GPS. GPS require batteries, maps and compasses do not require batteries! Simply owning a GPS, map and compass is not a guarantee that you can safely find your way through the bush. Celestial navigation is as old as humankind. Learn celestial navigation only with ASI. GPS, Maps and compasses are not good luck charms but precision instruments, which require skill and good training to be effective. Australian Survival Instructor’s are the leading experts in the field of navigation who will lead you through the most comprehensive day of instructional and practical exercises in navigation so that you go away confident in your new found navigational skills. Participants will get the opportunity to put all their newly learned skills to use. The subjects covered in this course include: • Maps Types, Use in the Field, Features, Contours, Grid References. • Compass Features, Types, General Usage, Field Bearings, Map Bearings, Resections, Marching on a Compass Bearing. • Magnetic declination, Latitude and longitude, altimeters. • Route Planning, Route Selection, Route Cards, Time and Distance Estimation. • Emergency Navigation Techniques using the Sun and the Stars, GPS Features, Operating Functions, Use and Limitations. Our wilderness navigation course is run in over 3,000 acres of pristine Rainforest and Sandstone escarpment, including tidal fishing river,on the Central Coast of NSW.



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“One on One” Private Flint Knapping or Primitive Pottery

Central Coast   $395

Australian Survival Instructor’s Kevin Newton, will  give you ‘one on one’ personal tuition on this 1 day course, in either flint knapping or primitive pottery on any day thats suits you, including mid week. Held on over 3,000 acres of Rainforest, Sandstone bluffs, mangroves, caves and Tidal creek, on the N.S W Central Coast, 1 hr drive from Sydney CBD.  Email   –  for more information.  Or phone him direct on 0423 572 048














Kevin Newton 0423 572 048

Australian Survival Instructors
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