Instructors Course

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. United Kingdom

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Bear Grylls Survival Academy Instructors Course (Level 1)

As the Bear Grylls Survival Academy continues to grow its clear that we need a process in place to both recruit and train potential BGSA instructors. Due to the diverse range of courses being offered around the globe in locations such as Colorado, New York State, Texas, California, and Zimbabwe and all over the UK, the need to grow and expand our instructor pool is a must. However, this is a difficult task as potential BGSA instructors need to possess a wide range of outdoor activity skills as well as being physically fit, charismatic, motivated, and determined and have the ability to go the extra mile. Any egos need to be left behind with energy being diverted towards education and the promotion of the great outdoors and more importantly, fun for all.


Bear Grylls Survival Academy Instructors Course L1 is hosted in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire UK.



Our primary aim is to recruit and train potential instructors for use on BGSA courses worldwide whilst a secondary aim is to put together a training program to be used for outdoor enthusiasts and existing outdoor instructors for their enjoyment or for their continued professional development (CPD). This course may help with further employment with organizations teaching leadership, sports coaching, fitness development, outdoor activity training or adventurous training i.e. climbing, canoeing, hill walking etc. It is proposed to run a three tier instructor training academy: Levels 1, 2 and 3. Each would qualify the participant, if successful, to train at a different level within the BGSA set up and each would reward the candidate with valid outdoor industry standard qualifications such as Single Pitch Award (SPA), Summer Mountain Leader Award and First Aid etc. As well as teaching qualifications, such as EAT (L3 Award in Education & Training) and EFAW. The BGSA instructor courses will be full of useful survival information including both theory and practical skills. It will be delivered by Bears team of highly skilled and qualified Lead Instructors, all of whom have worked alongside Bear as advisors, safety assistants and stunt coordinators on such shows as Born Survivor, Get Out Alive and Wild Weekends. The instructors all have a vast knowledge base, are highly qualified, experienced and have a proven track record in teaching and development. All hold Certificates in Education as well as other qualifications ranging from A1 Assessors, Nebosh, FAW, ML, SPA as well as being experts in martial Arts, climbing, survival and more importantly, they are all adventurers and have had to survive and work in some of the most extreme and challenging environments on earth. The courses start with an introduction to EFAW and then move onto the teaching basics, focusing on teaching styles, learning styles, planning and preparation and quickly move on to cover subjects ranging from Wilderness First Aid to Health and Safety. The objectives of the course are simple: to fully prepare participants for teaching and coaching in the outdoor industry, Bear Grylls style, with participants able to demonstrate survival skills, run and facilitate adventurous activity, motivate trainees and have fun along the way.

All the above speaks for itself but Bear Grylls Survival Academy wanted to ensure that we left successful candidates with more than just a fun, action packed course and memories. Successful candidates through levels 1, 2 and 3 will gain the following awards:

Level 1

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) membership
  • First Aid Certificate (EFAW)
  • Education & Training Certificate (EATS) Part 1
  • Bear Grylls Level 1 Survival Instructor (BGSI)

Level 2

  • Education & Training Certificate (EATS) Part 2
  • DBS Check and Certificate
  • Climbing Instructor Training (SPA)
  • Safe Guarding Children Certificate
  • Bear Grylls Survival Instructor Level 2 (BGSI)

Level 3

  • Summer Mountain Leader Award Training.
  • Health and Safety Level 2
  • Helicopter Safety and Marshaller
  • x4 Wheel Driver Trained
  • Bear Grylls Level 3 Survival Instructor (BGSI)


Level 1 – About the Course

The level 1 instructor course is run over three days with a separate assessment day. Successful candidates could work for instance as a safety officer and assistant instructor on one of the BGSA 24hr Family/Adult courses or even an extreme 5 day course. They would have the skills to set up training areas/stances, teach supervised, assist with writing lesson plans, assist with writing Risk Assessments, assist with schemes of work and demonstrate various BGSA skills. The Instructor courses run from Friday morning, through to Sunday evening and typically would run with 12 candidates. The course costs £649.00 per person including all food and accommodation. The assessment day cost is an additional £159.00

Level Two and Level Three Instructor Courses will follow next year with successful applicants able to teach unsupervised on the majority of BGSA, set up rope and dynamic stances and lead courses worldwide.

Day One

  • Introduction to BGSA/Mantis/Bear Grylls Ventures
  • Learning and Teaching Styles
  • Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans
  • Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Overview
  • Management of Students/Staff/Public
  • Priorities of Survival
  • Protection – (Shelters and Fire)

Day Two

  • TeamBuilding Games/Activity Training
  • Self Rescue – (Navigation, pacing, finding cardinal points, map and compass)
  • Water
  • Wild Food
  • Field cooking and preparation – (Skinning)
  • Prepare individual candidates lecturettes/Lessons
  • Stalking
  • Astro Navigation

Day Three

  • Dynamic Activity – (Ropes, helmets, harness, hardware, rigging, storage and cleaning)
  • BGSA Activity Stance Training
  • Rivers and Water Crossing
  • Candidates assessed 15 minute lessons
  • Wash Up/Debrief/Certificates

After completion of the course, candidates will be invited back to complete an assessment day which must be arranged within one year of participating on the BGSA.


As you would expect, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy is challenging both mentally and physically. So, in order to get the most out of the course, applicants should be fit and healthy.

If you have any questions about Health and Fitness for the course, please contact our BGSA team.


Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring MUST be appropriate to the environment and the time of year; the items listed below are mandatory.

  • 2 pairs of robust mountain/walking boots or similar with ankle support
  • Lightweight Trousers
  • Short/long Sleeved Base layer, mid layers and outer
  • Fleece
  • Sun hat/warm hat
  • Gloves 2 x warm/active)
  • Light weight water and wind proof trousers and jacket
  • Training shoes
  • Waterproof note book and pencil
  • Sunglasses, sun cream and lip salve
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Casual clothes x 1
  • Wash bag and contents
  • Towel and flip flops
  • Personal medication
  • Camera (in a waterproof case/bag)

…and a bag full of positive attitude!

The following kit will be issued to participants by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag and liner
  • Water proof ruck sack liner
  • Air mattress
  • Head torch
  • 40ltr ruck sack
  • Water Bottle, mug and spoon
  • Bear Grylls Gerber Knife



Available course dates are listed in the booking form

The Instructor courses run from Friday 10:00, through to Sunday 17:00 and typically would run with 12 participants. The course costs £649.00 per person excluding flights and transfers. All meals and accommodation are included and a large amount of equipment is on loan for the duration of the course including: Knife, mug, sleeping bag and liner, sleeping mat, rucksack and liner, head torch, water bottle and all technical safety equipment.
The assessment day cost is an additional £159.00

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