DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SURVIVE? BEAR GRYLLS WANTS TO MAKE SURE WITH THE BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY 24 HOUR FAMILY COURSE
First family course to take place in Dearne Valley in June 2015
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy is proud to launch a new site in Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire for its popular 24 Hour Family Course. Designed to inspire fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy offers a rare chance for a lucky few outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to learn Bear’s extreme survival techniques.
The 24 Hour Family Course, based at Kingswood’s Dearne Valley centre, will comprise of a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks designed to put participants to the test. Spread across grassland, woodland and wetland, Dearne Valley creates the perfect environment for an unforgettable Bear-Grylls-style family adventure!
Techniques taught will include learning how to build and light a fire, how to navigate at night, best ways to use a knife for survival, foraging for grubs and rodents, building a shelter, extreme weather survival and river crossings. The Academy has been designed for parents and 10-17 year old children by Bear Grylls and will be run by his close team of highly trained experts. It is the perfect opportunity to bring family members together to share a truly memorable and fun experience.
“As a father of three young boys I love sharing my survival techniques and going on family adventures together. It is not only exciting and fun but teaches them useful life and outdoor skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down. So it is with great pride that we can now launch our 24 Hour Family Course in Dearne Valley as a great opportunity for parents to share these experiences with their children together.” says Bear Grylls.
Bear Grylls has become known around the world as the most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure, with experience gained during his seven seasons of Man vs. Wild/Born Survivor and the many skills learnt from his time with the British Reserve Special Forces.
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Bear Grylls is calling all outdoor enthusiasts and budding adventurers in the USA, looking for a new and exciting challenge, to participate in the brand new Bear Grylls Survival Academy Instructor course launching in May 2015.
The intensive three day course is designed to train and ultimately recruit the next generation of instructors to join Bear’s existing pool of highly trained individuals who have worked alongside him around the globe.
Taking place in Catskills, New York State; the course teaches everything from self-protection, stalking and survival techniques to foraging, astro-navigation and river crossings ensuring a thorough knowledge of all that Bear Grylls Survival Academy (BGSA) encompasses. As continued professional development, there will be an introduction to wilderness first aid, maintenance and care of technical climbing equipment and the first step to a professional teaching qualification.
Aside from the exclusive opportunity to work alongside Bear’s world-class team as the Survival Academy grows on an international scale, passing the course provides a fully accredited, professional qualification that equips participants with the necessary skills for leadership consultancy or teaching, sports coaching and adventure training.
Upon completion of level one, candidates selected to officially join the Survival Academy will be able to set up survival situations/stances, assist with preparing lesson plans and act as a safety supervisor on all BGSA courses. Candidates will also receive membership to the British Institute for Outdoor Learning and Education, and be eligible to advance to levels two and three within Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses which provide a platform to gain a Mountain Leader qualification, and attaining a professional teaching award.
Bear Grylls comments, ‘As a result of growing worldwide demand, the Survival Academy requires an ever expanding pool of qualified instructors so it’s a natural progression for us to source individuals and equip them with a set of advanced survival skills by placing them in challenging situations. It’s not just for aspiring course instructors; anyone with a genuine passion for the outdoors and wants to further a career in this field can get involved.’
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.
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Bear Grylls Survival Academy has teamed up with Kingswood to offer three unique new locations in which to deliver their outdoor adventure experiences.
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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.
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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!
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- 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.
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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web page here.
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 email@example.com