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I came to BGSA Instructors Course with no expectations, mainly because of curiosity, as one day I'd like to take my children for 24hr Family Course. I must admit that the reality exceeded whatever I had imagined, considering I'm not that easy to impress with this kind of things after 2.5 years spent in Russian Special Forces. After having completed this course I'm not just going to take my children for the Family Course, I'll also bring my wife along! Just kidding! I'll try to become an instructor at BGSA.
Just wow! I wanted to take part in a survival weekend for my daughters 8th birthday and this 24hr course massively exceeded my expectations! The instructors (Martin, Nicholas & Lee) were clearly enthusiastic in there chosen careers and dragged everyone on that course in to the world of survival! My daughter stated on the way home that it was the best weekend she?d ever had and I have to say I agree! Within 24hrs we've both learned extraordinary skills I?d never dreamed you could learn in that space of time! I could have done a week of it to be honest. I?d highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure and an open mind to the reality of what?s involved when it comes to surviving in unknown territory!! An experience to remember and to definitely take part in again! My eyes have been opened! Thank you!!!!
If you are signing up for the 'commando" 4 day course, that's what you get, loads of info and learning new skills required to survive. They say "it will hurt a little" and it did but it was the most physically challenging thing I have done for many years. I'm 58 - do not let age be a barrier, the staff and team will get you through. As they say "suck it up and get on with it" Love it.
The 18 hour survival course is an absolute must for anyone starting out 'wild camping', or like most of us that attended, love the outdoors and want to try something new and challenge yourself. It's run by great instructors who have a big background in survival situations. After completing the course i now feel a lot more confident in myself in different situations from lighting a fire to building my shelter for the night or understanding the water purification processes. With the Astro navigation information and demonstration I feel pretty confident in using the techniques myself. We were a small group of 5 and had the bonus of a second instructor joining us for a short time. All 5 of us came away and straight away book a lads trip away to put some of our newly taught skills to the test! Massive thank you to Richard and John