Surviving South Africa Takes on a New Meaning!

Read More Surviving South Africa Takes on a New Meaning!

The world’s foremost authority on all things survival, Bear Grylls, has teamed up with South Africa’s action/adventure specialists, Group73 to bring the Bear Grylls Survival Academy to South Africa.

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as the most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure, with experience gained through service in the British Special Forces and his countless missions to every area of extreme terrain the world has to offer. From the Emmy Award winning ‘Man vs. Wild’, to ‘Worst Case Scenario’ and ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ amongst others, his shows have amazed, inspired and captured the world’s attention.

He’s taken this knowledge and experience and applied it to a comprehensive, challenging and ultimately rewarding survival adventure course which will be offered throughout 2015 in SA. A wide variety of survival skills will be covered, expect some very ‘exotic’ snacks, breathtaking abseiling, a helicopter landing, astro-navigation and trap and snare skills to mention a few.

Here’s what Bear has to say about it:
“The Bear Grylls Survival Academy South Africa: An incredible location, with such a rich heritage. Over the (course of) 24 hours, you’re going to be learning how to survive in this challenging, but beautiful environment, with the expert help of our instructors. You are going to be using the open plains, challenging rock features, and the mountains, to run, crawl, climb and scramble your way over the terrain. It’s all about empowering you with dynamic, (and potentially) life-saving skills. You’re going to love it, enjoy.”

Group73 are no strangers to outdoor adventure and action either. From airborne adventures, to extreme action simulations and hands on consultation to the movie industry, they continue to apply their significant skill sets and experience to provide an unmatched service in their genre. Group73 instructors are highly skilled individuals with extensive experience in specialised units, including SA Special Forces, and are guaranteed to be amongst the most qualified and accomplished in their respective fields worldwide.

According to Craig Hicks, Group73’s Marketing Communication Manager, “Teaming up with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy is something we’re extremely proud of, and we guarantee an experience second to none.”

The inaugural event launch is on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at the majestic De Hoek Country Hotel, with the actual course taking place at Nooitgedacht, both in the mountainous Magaliesberg region of Gauteng in South Africa, approximately 45 minutes from Johannesburg and Pretoria. With a vast array of flora and fauna, including Giraffe, Zebra, Leopard, Nyala and Eland, this is the perfect setting for an event of this nature. The area also has a significant place in South African history with The Battle of Nooitgedacht taking place on December 13, 1900 during the Boer War.

To be a part of this truly unique and challenging experience BOOK NOW!


Young Survivor Level 1 Launches Three New UK Locations  

Read More Young Survivor Level 1 Launches Three New UK Locations   

Bear Grylls Survival Academy has teamed up with Kingswood to offer three unique new locations in which to deliver their outdoor adventure experiences.

Do you have what it takes to be the next Bear Grylls?
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy is proud to team up with Kingswood to offer lucky youngsters from across the UK a chance to learn Bear’s extreme survival techniques in even more locations.

Continuing the success of the Kids Survival Day Courses and Young Survivor Level 1 Award, the team is now offering youngsters the opportunity to take part in the experiences at a range of great new locations, from North Wales to the Isle of Wight. The courses are designed to give kids the opportunity to get back to basics, learn new skills, get outdoors and stay active, all in fantastic and inspirational environments.

New Kids Survival Day Courses in Kent
Including a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks set by Bear and his team, the course is designed to put 8 to 13 year olds to the test while inspiring the next generation of adventurers and explorers!
From learning about natural foods, building a fire and navigating in the wilderness, to dynamic rescue techniques and building shelters, youngsters can gain invaluable skills and share a truly memorable and fun experience.

Young Survivor Level 1 Award in North Wales and the Isle of Wight
This award is a great combination of potentially life-saving survival techniques and four key focus modules: physical, mental, citizenship and environmental skills.

Written by Bear and his close personal team to bring out the best in 13 to 15 year olds, the award focuses on leadership, communication, team work, bravery and all key elements of Bear’s ethos. Participants will epitomise Bear’s priorities of self-rescue by navigating through caves, forests and challenging terrain back to civilisation on this immersive overnight experience.


Book your place at our new locations now!

Australian Summer Welcomes BGSA Inaugural 24 Hour Family Course

Read More Australian Summer Welcomes BGSA Inaugural 24 Hour Family Course

Nick Hall, Activities Manager, writes: “The last day of the Australian summer saw the very first Family 24 hour course run at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures on the NSW Central Coast, and it threw up everything the Australian summer is renowned for!

In temperatures that reached as high as 38°c, adults and children learned and practiced skills that will keep you alive in a survival situation. In the high Aussie summer temperatures, a new appreciation was learnt for the priorities of survival, especially shelter options and water procurement.

The Wise family, who had Mum, Dad, son and daughter on the course had the time of their lives. Whilst they are regular campers, the survival skills taught on the BGSA 24 hour family course brought a new angle to future family holidays. “It was a new experience, I learnt tonnes of new stuff, climbed a cliff and abseiled for the first time, which was great” said 15 year old Zed Wise. Zed’s father Joshua included in his highlights “eating crickets and mealworms, sludging through mud and learning new fire starting techniques.”

The nice Central Coast evening was spent around the fire learning techniques like fish preparation and how to utilise the entire fish. Unfortunately we had no takers for the fish eye challenge, maybe next time!
After filling the stomach, methods of night navigation and night stalking were taught, and while the adults hung around the campfire, the children utilised these skills to stalk their parents and take advantage of their poor night vision around the flames.

Day 2 was spent learning self-rescue techniques like how to get up and down cliff faces, commando crawl over gullies and cross creeks and swamps. After the newly trained and very muddy survivors received their well-earned completion certificates, they were transported from the area to the Glenworth Valley offices for a very well earned slushy!”

With the great success of the inaugural Australian course, make sure you book in advance as spots are filling fast!

A Successful Launch for our Young Survivor Level 1 Awards Programme!

Read More A Successful Launch for our Young Survivor Level 1 Awards Programme!

UK – Tim Treloar writes: “Over the last few months we have seen the launch of our Bear Grylls Young Survivor courses. These courses have an outdoor survival focus, taking elements of Bears survival and life skills. Young Survivors put these skills into practice in testing situations throughout the course, experiencing self rescue situations such as cave rescue, natural navigation and lots more, taking them out of their comfort zone and developing good teamwork and leadership skills.

The Young Survivor level 1 Award has proved a huge success with children and young adults. The course is located in the central location of the Forest of Dean. It is a truly unique learning experience and focuses on the development of four key areas : physical, environmental, specialised outdoor knowledge and citizenship skills.

Participants leave the course , having  acquired a vast range of Bear’s survival skills, with a better understanding of how to live and cope in difficult situations that life can sometimes throw at you. This will hopefully enable Young Survivors to balance risks in life appropriately and go on to live a safe and healthy life!

We are all looking forward to seeing the Level 1 graduates on the Level 2 course in April 2015, where they will test the knowledge and skills learnt on the level 1 award during an expedition that sees them tackling mountains, caves and gorges full of water!”

The Level 1 and Level 2 Award Programmes are running in the Forest of Dean and Brecon Beacons throughout 2015, book your space HERE!

UAE launch course- sun, mountains and melting shoes!

Read More UAE launch course- sun, mountains and melting shoes!

UAE- Don Fletcher writes; “After a cold, rainy winter spent in the UK and Germany I jetted off for a short trip to the UAE in order to launch our first ever Desert Survival Course based in Dibba on the East Coast of the Emirates.

On my first ever visit to the region I was hit initially by the unbelievable heat (even in January) but then also by the vast expanse of desert that covers the majority of the country. On arrival in Dibba I had a short time to catch up on sleep after a restless night on the plane, and before I knew it I was off into the mountains and Wadi’s with our knowledgeable local experts for a recce.

4 hours later, after losing around 6 litres of sweat, drinking 4 litres of water and after seeing about 300 goats we returned to base to what promised to be a truly amazing course. The majority of BGSA’s around the world, if not all, have some sort of water element-whether that is purification, river runs, lake crossings or having to keep the rain out of a shelter! In the mountains of the Musandam peninsular the issue is that there isn’t any water…..anywhere. Dried up river beds and reservoirs replace lakes and rivers, drought and scorching heat replaces mild temperatures and drizzle!


As the course begun, we could sense the excitement amongst the families to be part of the first ever BGSA in the region. This excitement was well placed, however we did hit a bit of a road block with half of the participants having issues with their mountain boots- the soles just melted off in the heat! After a short stop for some running repairs, we were off up into the Wadi learning about navigation, how to move safely in the mountains and how to protect yourself from dangerous creatures.

After a hearty dinner and a night sleeping under the stars, the team were ready to move early on the second morning and soon got stuck into the challenges ahead. This was followed by the group climbing, crawling, abseiling, running and traversing over obstacles to reach civilisation and more importantly- a nice cold shower!

The course was truly a success with big smiles all round, and we are now looking forward to running the courses over the next few months, or until the weather gets too hot!

The next day was spent recceing for potential corporate event venues, and more information about that will be coming in the next few weeks. On one such recce I did fall in love with a Mark 1 Land Rover Defender (see above) – a thing of real beauty!

The UAE is an amazingly varied country and I look forward to helping BGSA run successful courses here in the future”

The 24 hour adult and 24 hour family courses in Dibba are available now- click HERE for more information.

Looking forward to 2015….

Read More Looking forward to 2015….

Don Fletcher writes; “As we come to the end of 2014, here at BGSA we thought that we would have a quick round up on our busiest year yet!

At the beginning of the year we were running only a handful of courses in only 2 locations in the UK. Now, in December, we have 10 locations in 3 countries around the world running successful for children, families and adults too. Over the past year we have built upon the strong foundations that Scott and the team spent so long putting together and really started to refine what we truly believe are the most exciting courses of their kind on the planet.

So what does 2015 have in store? Well! In January members of the BGSA head office are heading all over the world to launch courses in China, the UAE, South Africa and Australia to develop our 24 hour family and adult courses in different locations across the world. This is a cause of great excitement here in the office, with the team looking forward to a bit of sunshine to get rid of some of the January blues!

Closer to home we are looking forward to rolling out the Young Survivor Level 2, along with the 24 hour adult course at our location in the Brecon Beacons with several new locations being scouted in the north of England.

Here’s to a great year, here at BGSA we wish you all a Merry Christmas and an adventurous and exciting 2015!”

Young Survivor News!

Read More Young Survivor News!

Don Fletcher writes “Big News- the dates are now live for the Young Survivor Courses in 2015! After the success of the initial course run in the Forest of Dean we are pleased to announce two new course dates, along with a slight restructuring of the Award. The Level 1 Course will now be run over 2 days and will involve sleeping outside in your own shelter (weather dependant) along with all of the usual BGSA challenges along the way!


Due to this restructuring, the Level 2 Award will now be run over 3 days with full details and dates to be announced shortly in the Easter Holidays.


The Young Survivor Level 1 Award will run in the Forest of Dean on the 16th/17th February (Half Term) and also on the 7th/8th/9th of April (Easter Holidays). The price for the YSL1 Award is now reduced to £199 and is open to Young Survivors aged between 13 and 15 years old.


To reserve your spot BOOK NOW! The initial Young Survivor Course was the quickest selling course in BGSA history, to reserve your spot now to avoid disappointment!


For more information call the office on 01483 424438, email or visit our web page here.

BGSA Top Ten- Reasons to go on an Ultimate Team Building Course!

Read More BGSA Top Ten- Reasons to go on an Ultimate Team Building Course!

BGSA Top Ten…..

Reasons to take your company on an Ultimate Team Building Course!

1- Fun. What could be more fun than a day out in the woods with your team with our amazing instructors?

2- Teamwork. Teamwork is essential in the outdoor world, without it you would get nowhere-fast.

3- Communication. What good is someone doing a job and fulfilling a role if nobody else knows about it? Companies run on efficiency of communications.

4- Relationship Building. The modern workplace can be a stressful environment, outdoor activities are the perfect way to get out of the confines of the office and re-boot the relationship between co-workers.

5- Thinking clearly under pressure. This is one of the hardest managerial traits to master, ignoring all the noise and distractions around you to come to the correct decision every time.

6- Characteristics of team members. There is always one team member who is usually timid and shy in the office who will really come out of their shell and surprise everyone with their leadership skills. Is this you?

7- Confidence building. After you have abseiled face first down a one hundred feet high sheer rock face you would feel like you are able to conquer anything that either work or life can throw at you.

8- Encourages ‘out the box’ thinking. Our courses include challenges that would be completely outside of everyone’s area of expertise, so improvisation is vital.

9- Challenge. Our courses, no matter how big, will challenge you in ways that you never thought possible. Who would have thought something as ‘easy’ as making a cup of tea would take a couple of hours and include how to light a fire, purify water and forage for something tasty?

10- Risk. The real challenge of any business is weighing up the risk: reward ratio. Nothing teaches this better than outdoor challenges, where taking a risk could be potentially lifesaving or life ending. Would you have what it takes to survive?

BGSA can run any team building event in any location, to suit any budget. For more information see our website or email

BGSA Kid’s Birthday Parties

Read More BGSA Kid’s Birthday Parties

Don writes- “BGSA is pleased to announce probably our most exciting offering ever- kid’s birthday parties!


With our ever growing popularity amongst our younger fans, we decided that our next logical step would be to start to offer a few hours of fun-BGSA style- to help kids to celebrate their big day in style.


We recently ran a launch event in Acton, West London, for Dolcie and 19 of her classmates in an ideal location full of long grass, trees and undergrowth. Excitement levels were high amongst the kids when they arrived at the venue and saw one of our giant silver Land Rovers, camo nets strewn around the area and even a parachute to use as a shelter for lunch.


They party started with a bang, with the kids going straight into a quick lesson in camouflage and concealment which meant covering their faces and arms in mud-much to the delight of the kids but left a few of the parents a bit shell-shocked!! This was followed by a quick lesson in flinch response/self defence training, no Kung-Fo here-purely honing their innate reactions to any danger and learning how to deal with any surprises when in the wild.


From there the kids went straight into the undergrowth, putting their new skills in camouflage and concealment to the ultimate test- hiding from their friends! After a lot of fun and laughter the kids were all found- a few bright pink waterproof tops were soon found to be of little help!


The day continued with shelter building, fire lighting, a classic BGSA gross eat and finally lunch under the parachute- eating military ration packs and flameless heaters- before finishing off with a big team photo on the Land Rover to finish. It was a great day and all of the kids had an action packed party and even came away with a few new survival skills and great big smiles on their faces!”


BGSA birthday parties have just been launched, and for any more information please contact the office on 01483 424438 or email Parties start from £1,000 and can be personalised to suit your child and their specific needs/interests and can be run anywhere with a bit of woodland!

New Lowlands course launched in Dartmoor, UK

Read More New Lowlands course launched in Dartmoor, UK

This November sees the launch of BGSA’s latest course – Survival in the Lowlands! Run over a period of four days on Dartmoor in the South West of the UK, this is one of our toughest and most intense courses yet. Learning all of Bear’s survival tips from our expert instructors, you will make use of all of the natural features to navigate, climb, crawl, abseil, walk and run your way back to civilisation.

Dartmoor has to be one of the toughest environments in the UK, so tough in fact that the world renowned Royal Marine Commandos use this area as their extensive training area. It can be wet, cold, cloudy and miserable…and that’s just in the summer!

The Survival in the Lowlands course is really action packed from the word go, with an Alpine style dinner cooked by the participants using only the most fresh ingredients, followed by an intensive survival skills day where you will learn how to use a knife effectively and safely, start a fire (with no matches!), purify water and how to use snares and traps to catch your own dinner. With a little time to catch your breath, the third morning kicks straight off with a field PT session, then the team will move straight into an extreme mountain training day-learning how to climb, abseil and cross difficult ground in a safe environment.

The final survival challenge is something that we are really proud of here at BGSA, starting immediately after the mountain training day and finishing……well when you reach safety!! A helicopter pick up on top of one of Dartmoor’s most famous tors is a dramatic way to start (weather dependant), and is followed by an overnight stay at a wilderness location. No sleeping bags, no tents, no creature comforts – you will need to put all of your survival skills to the test to ensure the team gets through the night in one piece. Without wanting to give too much away, the final morning is fast paced, action packed and high adrenaline-everything that you would expect from Bear Grylls Survival Academy!

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