Commando Survival on the Moors

Location: Dartmoor, United Kingdom
Price: £999 per person
Duration: 4 days

Commando Survival on the Moors is an intensive 4 day survival skills course which culminates in a challenging 24 hour expedition, putting your new found skills to the ultimate test. The course is delivered by a range of hand-picked instructors who have been selected by Bear and his team of highly trained experts who have worked behind the scenes with Bear on various shows including Man vs Wild/Born Survivor, Escape from Hell, Wild Weekends, Get Out Alive and more recently, Running Wild & Mission Survive.



“So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival – the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds, in some of the harshest terrain around. So it is with great pride that we can now finally launch the Bear Grylls Survival Academy to be able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down,” says Bear Grylls. “Oh, and it may hurt a little.”


Bear Grylls Survival Academy, Commando Survival on the Moors, takes place on Dartmoor in Devon which is one of the most hostile environments within the UK. Set in summer or winter, this course will be tough and incredibly challenging. Dartmoor itself is a diverse location favored by British Special Forces for training, here, it is likely you will experience four seasons in just one day and this alone can make survival very difficult. Survive to fight, don’t fight to survive as the military say.


Day 1
The adventure begins at 14:30 with a chance to meet your course leaders and fellow  participants, and to ensure you have all the items on the Kit List. We will then move over rugged  terrain by 4×4 vehicles to the academy’s wilderness base camp. On arrival you will receive a safety brief, course brief and outline. You will then be issued with your personal training equipment.

Now we are straight in to a Bear Grylls Priorities of Survival lecture followed by a practical skills session on knife use. As the evening goes on, you will have the chance to explore your bleak surroundings and sort out your sleeping accommodation. After that your culinary skills will be tested as you prepare and cook an Alpine Style Hut meal for your group with only wild and natural ingredients. It will be your first real challenge with no running water, electricity or processed food on hand. This may be the last hot food you eat…..

Day 2
Today includes a field physical training session, practical use of knots and improvised harnesses lesson followed by survival navigation training. The day continues with remote and improvised First Aid, followed by the practical use of snares, traps and drop out fishing lines. As evening draws in you will learn how to forage for food and identify what can be eaten in the wild, purify and filter dirty river water, skin, gut and prepare a range of wild food and another navigation lesson but this time using the stars. The day ends with some Bear Grylls survival stories around the fire.

Day 3
After an early start and a lesson in self-defense, self-preservation, primal instinct training, you’re off on an extreme mountain training day. You’ll learn how to cross difficult ground, navigate across wild terrain, dynamically and safely ascend and descend cliff faces and difficult ground using a variety of BG techniques. In late afternoon you will be travelling to the next training area in typical extreme Bear Grylls fashion. If the weather conditions allow, and subject to availability,  you will enjoy a low level helicopter flight across the moor – EPIC. There may be some surprises on the way…

It’s now time to put all your newly found skills to practice as you are dropped off and left alone  on the moor to survive for 24 hours in some of the most remote and harshest terrain in the world. Good luck!

Day 4 
If you have survived the night, no one is going to rescue you. As a team, self-rescue is the key, run, jump, climb, swim. You must reach safety…


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.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I active?
  • Can I hike or trek for one hour in trekking boots carrying a light 20lb daypack?
  • Am I a competent swimmer?
  • Am I determined?

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 boot or similar with ankle support
  • Lightweight Trousers
  • Base layer, mid layer and outer
  • Thick Fleece or Duvet Jacket
  • Hat and Balaclava
  • 2 pairs of Gloves – 1 x waterproof & 1 x thin/active
  • Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Training shoes
  • Waterproof note book and pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Casual clothes x 1 set
  • Wash bag/contents
  • Towel



Available course dates are listed in the booking form

This course is strictly limited to a maximum of 12 participants and costs just £999.00 per person excluding flights and any 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. On completion of the course you will receive the coveted Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate.

book now