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Core Survival Course

Integrated Survival Systems
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Feb 10 8:00AM - 2:30PM

The Core Survival Course was designed for those who want to learn the fundamental skills of Wilderness Survival. This class will focus on the foundational elements of shelter, water procurement & purification, fire and will introduce you to local plant life that can be very beneficial in a survival situation or even for day to day use.

The first day of the Core Survival class, will begin with an orientation, safety briefing and an in depth look at long term survival packs and gear ideas for the gear carried in them. We will give an in depth look at EDC (every day carry) bags and hopefully introduce you to some new gear and ideas for what minimum things should be carried.

During the morning portion of Saturdays class, we will take you through the steps of building primitive shelters. We will show you how to build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry. You will learn proper placement of the framework, proper thickness and height of debris insulation, and proper waterproofing techniques.

Saturday afternoon, we will coverfire. We will teach several fire methods in the Core Survival class. You will learn friction fire, how to make an all-night fire, and a below the ground fire. Fire is of the utmost importance in a survival situation. It provides you a way to filter or boil water, cook food, all while keeping you warm, and preventing hypothermia.

On the second day (Sunday) of the Core Survival class, our Instructor Dr. John Hutchison, DC, FASA will give an introduction to Body bio mechanics. This portion of the class is designed to help you learn to navigate the wilderness with efficient body movement and to minimize the potential of mechanical injuries. Dr. Hutchison will dive into the most efficient ways to conquer different types of terrain on foot. You will learn to use the proper muscle groups at the correct time, so that you save calories, energy, prevent water loss, and injuries. These techniques can be a total game changer in a survival scenario.

Next, you will learn various methods for water procurement and filtration. This will include discussing various types of modern filters available on the market and the pros & cons of each one. We will also hike to a water source where we will teach you to multiple methods to filter the water. Hydration is key in a survival situation. Without proper hydration, your body can overheat, and you will lose energy quickly. However, it is also important to make sure you're ingesting clean water. Clean water prevents exposure to bacteria and/or organisms that can leave you very sick, which may further complicate a survival situation. Possibly leaving you unable to perform tasks that are a must. Day two will end with self-rescue techniques, and of course, your feedback and a review of all we've covered.

After attending this class you will have the knowledge to provide for your most core survival needs should you ever become stranded in the wilderness.

Minimum Gear Needed:

Overnight camping gear to include shelter and sleeping bag.

Fixed Blade Full Tang Knife

Folding Saw


Food (Plenty of time will be given to prepare meals on site)



Outdoor clothing and wet weather gear

Insect Repellant

Length: 2 Days/ 1 Night

Instructors: Matthew Tate (from Discovery Channels Bushcraft Build-Off), BJ Latta (from Discovery Channels Bushcraft Build-Off), Dr. John Hutchison, Eric Gunn, Josh Levart

Location: Integrated Survival Systems Base Camp

Camp Terra Rose.

14795 Strawberry Ridge Rd Gravette, AR.

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