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*Pathfinder Classes are not eligible for discounts.
Pathfinder Basic Survival Class (3 days, 2 nights)
A Patch Qualification Course
The purpose of the Basic Survival Class is to provide students with the knowledge to survive a 72 hr. emergency scenario, using the 10 C's of Survivability (kit items). The multi-functionality of the items within the kit will be discussed, demonstrated and applied to self-aid situations, Fire Craft, Shelter Construction and Water Collection.
Basic does not mean easy - It means the essential facts or principles of a subject or skill. Our essentials will revolutionize your outdoor training by pushing you beyond the limits you would otherwise push yourself. During the course, you can expect to walk roughly 3-4 miles You will be carrying your gear (approx.35lb) as well as materials for projects. Most of which you will collect off the landscape.
You will complete various timed exercises individually and as part of a team. Each deliverable is designed to make you more self-reliant. If you don't give up on yourself, we won't give up on you. We work in an EDI (Educate, Demonstrate, Imitate) fashion of training. The pace is dictated by the student(s).
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IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Basic class is intense and is the foundation from which all Pathfinder School classes are built.
A broad overview of requirements / what you can expect - Most of these tasks will be performed while carrying your gear.
- hikes of 1-2 miles
- collection of sticks and other materials off the landscape
- navigation courses over terrain which may be muddy or uneven
- dealing with the elements (Hot, Cold, Rain, Snow, etc.)
- As part of the final exercise: On the 2nd night, you will sleep in a temporary shelter that you construct and will have access to limited gear. No exceptions will be made unless you leave the course entirely.
Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area.
Water will be available from jugs located in Base Camp. We continually check the water supply to make sure it is readily available.
We do not allow anyone to remain at camp without an instructor present
If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.
Highly recommend - physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class. Based on your “starting point” physical condition.
- Hiking: uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
- Walking: (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5K
- Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins
As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare.
This class is the Foundation, without it, you may not pass higher-level classes. No refunds will be issued for classes you do not pass or those you quit.
Non-Patch Qualification Policy
- When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Basic Survival (by going for the patch).
- If you fall behind but are doing your best, we will support your effort 100%! We will encourage you to keep it up and complete the course to the best of your ability.
- Should you be unable to keep up with the group due to physical injury or other health problem(s), we will go above and beyond to assist you by aiding in your mobility, administering hydration and personal motivation! Should those efforts fail, leaving you unable to complete the course, we will need to ask you to leave the school grounds.
- If you (tap out) quit at any point, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing up your gear and you will need to exit the school grounds.
- Again, it is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to complete the course without qualifying for the patch, just let your instructor know that this is your desire.
- To those graduating from the course, a Basic Class Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff will be issued to you.
- To those remaining throughout the course but did not meet the requirements of Patch Qualification, a Certificate of Training shall be issued to you, signed by the Instructional staff.
- Both documents note Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) awarded.
- Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- Young Adults 13+ are full price
- Children 10-12 yrs. old attend FREE (one child per paying student)
- This class is not recommended for youths under age 13.
- Children ages 10-12 must remain with their parent/guardian at all times.
- Children ages 10-12 will not qualify for a patch.
If your child is left in camp repeatedly or left alone to be cared for by staff, you may be asked to leave the class.
If you bring a minor that is not your child, you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parent(s) or legal guardian. Reference your Confirmation email for this document.
Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes conclude.
Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder School system and is authorized by Dave Canterbury. Instructors, including Dave Canterbury, can vary class to class.