Want to increase your outdoor skills? Consider enrolling in a rigorous survival school

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There are many reasons why one may want to learn survival skills, and this school teaches methods that go beyond the great outdoors.

Some may be inspired by British TV series like Gray bear or the Discovery series Naked and scared. Others may really want to visit Gate of the Arctic National Park (which really requires survival skills to visit).

But whatever the reason, learning new survival skills builds self-confidence when traveling off-piste. Plus, it’s just fun that you can go out and explore the wilderness with the right skills (and maybe show your friends). If you’re afraid of a looming apocalypse, then take a look at these Vivos xPoint luxury survival shelters in South Dakota.

About Sigma 3 Survival School

There are a number of survival schools in the United States to choose from. One of the most important is the Sigma 3 Survival School (SIGMA 3 Survival stands for Scout, Survive, Sustain). They say of themselves they are “the largest and most comprehensive survival school in the world“with a global presence. They claim that some of their instructors are”some of the most hardcore survival, tactical and medical instructors on the planet. “


They teach a range of primitive skills that supplement or even replace the need for survival gear. Their classes are intense and completely immersive in wilderness survival as well as bushcraft programs. Their main goal is to train people who can roam the wilderness with nothing but a knife and survive indefinitely.

They teach their students to get lost and not to fear the inhospitable wilderness that surrounds them. They rate their courses by level of difficulty on a scale of 1 to 3, almost anyone (regardless of their fitness level) can take all three courses.

  • Difficulty levels: Ranked 1 to 3

When it comes to class sizes, they never put more than 15-20 people in a class (other schools may have 30-200 students in a class) and they aim for an instructor-to-student ratio of 1:10. Another good news is that there is little theoretical time in the classroom, most of it being hands-on training.

  • Report: Instructor / student ratio of 1:10

They have too many courses to do justice here, but here is a sample of the courses on offer. Check their website for a full list. Here are three selected courses where you can choose to be the next Bear Grylls, James Bond or Robin Hood:

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Survival standard

This is their most popular 5 day course. The Standard Survival Program is a 3 part course that teaches the basics of survival in the shortest possible time. After this course, students should understand the basic concepts of survival and be able to travel in almost any environment with minimal tools. There should be water, fire / heat, shelter, food, navigation and more available.

  • Difficulty level : Level 1
  • Cost: $ 595.00
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights – 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day

Escape and urban escape program

This is a great course for those who have watched too much James bond movies. With this course, you learn urban survival skills like making travel plans, creating escape routes, blending into the baseline, and how to dress up. You’ll learn how to get shelter, water, fire, and food in an urban setting – as well as home defense and home barricade (as Will Smith in I’m a legend).

Then there is the anti-kidnapping phase, learning to detect the surveillance teams and to lose them. Learn how to hold back the escape (including tape, thread, rope, and handcuffs) and how to pick locks. Deal with interrogations and kidnappers, etc.

Another aspect of the course is self defense, including knife fighting, weapon disarmament, basic self defense tactics while learning the tactics used by criminals and how to counter them. Maybe then we’ll have the confidence to tour Mexico’s 10 most dangerous cities.

  • Difficulty level : Level 2
  • Cost: $ 395.00
  • Site: Springfield, Missouri (not that of the The Simpsons)
  • Duration: 3 days / 2 nights – 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day

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The Primitive Bowyer’s Course

This is their Premier Archery Course which teaches how to build a bow for long term survival skills, recreational hunting, or facing off against the Sheriff of Nottingham. Building primitive bows is an essential skill for any serious hunter, and it is the most effective weapon that can be forged for hunting big and small game.

With these skills, we will be able to build a functional bow capable of killing any large game. The course only takes 3 days from the first morning when we start to rough the stave to have a functional longbow. They also cover making arrows, sealing, twine, etc.

  • Difficulty level : Level 2
  • Cost: $ 495.00
  • Site: Branson, Missouri
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day

Other types of survival courses offered include instructor courses (45 days!) And wild plant courses where you learn to identify wild edible plants and medicines.

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