Basic Skills Training
Included with all packages
Introduction, safety brief and outline of the event
The day will be facilitated by one of our BGSA lead instructors, who will take you on an amazing survival journey and introduce your team to extreme survival skills – used not only by Bear himself in some of the most extreme and wild environments on the planet, but also by some of the most inspirational adventurers of the last 200 years – Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, Hugh Glass, to name a few. The lead instructor will give a short presentation on Bear Grylls’ extreme survival skills, explain the journey and give an event safety brief before leading the team out to start the adventure.
Bear Attack/Situational Awareness System
Learn from our expert instructors how to hone your flinch responses and react more effectively to dangers in a potentially harming or extreme environment and how to convert that flinch response to potentially save yourself from a surprise ‘bear’ attack.
Camouflage and Concealment
Learn how to move in the wild as one with nature to avoid being seen, how to camouflage yourself to blend in with your environment and be as quiet and invisible as possible. A short task used as an energiser and a bit of fun. Pair up with the boss if you can and cover them in mud!
Gross Eat Challenge
The winning or losing team will take part in the classic BGSA Gross Eat challenge. You’ve seen Bear literally eat anything in order to survive. Would you have what it takes to survive? It’s mind over matter when you’re faced with live mealworms, crickets, giant water beetles and other nasties. Taste them all and even try our own pemmican recipe – a delicious mixture of rendered fat, dried meats and dried fruits stored for two years in our BG store! High in nutritional content and calories for much needed energy… if you can stomach it!
**Choose any 4 (half day) or 6 (full day)
Stalking and Axe Throwing – Stalking and axe throwing are both essential skills for the survivor to master. Learn to move stealthily like Bear either to avoid a hunter or to stalk an injured animal. You must avoid detection by keeping close to the ground and blending in as much as possible with the surrounding environment. Beware of your shape, shine, shadow, silhouette and human style of movement as any of these could give you away to would-be attackers, snipers or spotters. On arrival at your rendezvous point we’ll find out if you’ve got the skills needed to accurately throw an axe and hit a designated target. In the SAS Bear learnt the importance of slowing down his heart rate, controlling his breathing and focusing on the job at hand. After all remember, you may only get one chance to hit your target in a survival situation.
Air Rifle/Pistol Shooting Competition –If you are lucky enough to have a rifle or pistol with you, would you have the essential skills and discipline to use them effectively? You’ll have to remember Bear’s marksmanship principles in order to hit the target and successfully achieve the minimum standard required of an SAS sniper. Remember that a firm hold of the weapon, a natural aim posture and precise sight alignment are a few of the skills required to effectively conquer this challenge!
NEW – Survival Arrow Archery – When Bear is in a survival situation he is always thinking about protection, rescue, water and food. This stance will utilize 3 out of four. Archery skill go back hundreds of years and it’s fair to say, we have lost the skill of making and firing off arrows. An essential skill if you are going to protect yourself in the wilderness, hunt for food and even fire a burning arrow in to the sky to alert a rescue plan or helicopter. Our team of Bear Grylls instructors will instruct and coach your through our archery stance using modern equipment, we will then swap in some wilderness made ash arrows and see if you still have the skills to hit the target. The final winner gets to launch a burning arrow in to the sky.
Stranded on the ice/Air Crash/Ship Wreck – Stranded, marooned or just left alone to survive with nobody coming to rescue you. Your team is stranded on the ice, ship wrecked or just lost in the wild. Your team must survive but you must prioritise your actions if you want to survive the night. Bear always says “Please/Remember/Whats/First’. Protection, Rescue, Water and Food. Build a team shelter, light a signal fire, collect enough water for the night and create a giant SOS on the ground large enough to be seen from the air or afar. This challenge will teach your team some potentially lifesaving bush craft skills along with lessons in leadership, delegation, multi-tasking and communication.
Improvised Stretcher Race & Wilderness First Aid – As a team use your combined skills and experience to treat and carry an injured team member to safety. Treat the casualty from head to toe using slings, cord, belts and bandages. Once you have stabilised the patient, they need immediate CASAVC. Grab what you can, utilise anything in the surrounding location and make an improvised stretcher. Now move fast like Bear taking some risks if you need to and race against time or another team over undulating and difficult ground to see who can finish first and get to the pick up point…
NEW – SAS Grenade Mission – Bears former SAS status is well known and during his initial training he learnt how to effectively use a range of specialist weapon systems including pistols, rifles, automatic weapons and various grenades. Learn to throw grenades effectively and with accuracy to destroy the targets or aggressors. You will need patience, core stability and great eye hand coordination to score highly.
Land Rover Pull/’Survival Sledge Pull’ – Think of the South Pole and Bear’s ethos of courage, determination and ‘the fire within’ because you will need all these attributes to achieve this task. As a team design an efficient dog trace by using a few of your newly learned knots to make the task easier. Ensure you set the team up to use the largest muscles in the body for greatest efficiency. As your team races against another team, you will be navigated by a designated team leader who is also responsible for encouragement and direction. This activity is ideal for teamwork, communication and understanding each other whilst under pressure.
Knot Tying Challenges – One of Bear’s key must have survival skills is the ability to tie knots. Not just granny knots but specific knots for specific survival tasks – you never know when this skill could save your life! To self-rescue, Bear uses a variety of knots to achieve his aim. Learn a few key knots before attempting our giant Hemp Rope knot challenge with the whole team holding onto the rope at the same time. This is great for communication, team bonding and leadership skills – see who lives and survives in your team … it’s not as easy as you may think!
NEW – BGSA Balloon Exercise – ‘Survival Life Raft’ – Balloon exercises are simple scenario based team development exercises, the type that you might get at an assessment centre for a new job or promotion or for use to develop a team or managers. This type of exercise tests your decision making, analytical reasoning skills and your ability to put forward a persuasive case – all important management and leadership skills. It also gives candidates/participants the opportunity to deliver some public speaking. Participants would be given a scenario involving either a balloon crash, sinking ship or indeed any scenario where life and death is at stake but tough decisions needed to be made as not everyone in the group can be rescued. Over the years Bear has been in various survival situations where he has had to not only take calculated risks but has also had to make tough decisions. Your team will be stuck on a sinking boat with only enough life rafts for two thirds of the team. No matter how you try and plan, you can only fit in two thirds of the team. It’s down to you as an individual to state why you should go in the life raft. Is it your profession, survival skills, physical prowess or leadership ability that win you your place. When the decision is made the group in the rafts will paddle across the shark infested lake to safety, the remainder will have to wade and swim and hope for the best. Survival, can be brutal.
Spear Throwing Challenge – In a survival situation, it’s important to utilise every asset you have. Hunting for wild food is difficult enough but you can be a little more efficient by creating a survival spear out of a timber staff and a Survival knife. Select your timber staff and lash the knife to the end securely. Now the difficult part, learning to throw the spear effectively and hitting your target. You may only get one chance….
Blindfolded Land Rover Driving – Driving in a Bear Grylls Land Rover across difficult terrain is difficult enough but try doing it whilst blindfolded and relying on your team in the back of the vehicle to give you accurate instructions. Negotiate tracks, mud, rugged terrain whilst manoeuvring the Land Rover through gates, up hills and in to tight compounds. You will need a heightened level of awareness to avoid a disaster to get you and the team back to safe ground.
NEW – Whiteout on Everest – Bear was one of the youngest British climbers to summit Mt Everest famously using it as rehabilitation following a free fall parachute accident where he broke his back. It’s one of the most dangerous mountains in the world where climbers can get lost in white out conditions, become exhausted or simply succumb to the effects of high altitude and decreased oxygen. X10 climbers are lost on Everest in white out conditions, they are wearing their O2 masks and blackened out snow goggles to simulate white out conditions and the lack of O2 up at 8000m. Climbers must locate the fixed line and get back down to base camp and safety. The expedition leader located back at base camp will repo information to his team leader at Advanced Base camp (ABC) via radio. Can the leader get all of his team back down the mountain before they succumb to attitude sickness, snow blindness or they like so many climbers before them become a permanent fixture on one of the most dangerous mountain in the world.
Kim’s Game and Observation Lane –This stance is straight out of the special forces manual for training members of the SAS. It’s essential that whilst on covert operations in enemy territory SAS soldiers do not take maps, radio frequencies or anything that could be used against them. For this reason, they develop their ability to memorise essential information and to observe, identify and retain any useful information. As a team memorise 30 survival items, then view an observation lane in the woods and identify 20 objects which are half hidden in the near, middle and foreground. Who is the most observant and can retain and retrieve essential information.
Navigation Challenge – Please Remember What’s First is Bears mnemonic for survival and stands for Protection, Rescue, Water and Food. Rescue or self-rescue is high on the list if no one is coming to save you and an essential skill is navigation. Head for the high ground, a river, the last point you knew where you were or back to any civilisation. During this stance work as a team firstly using the sun, then your watch and finally natural features to navigate to a kesh of compasses. Life gets a little easier now if you can use a compass! But, will you find the avalanche transceivers which will micro navigate you back to the prize and ultimately, safety.
Viaduct Challenge – Problem solving and teamwork are key in any survival situation. This task emulates the typical problems Bear faces when dropped in to an extreme environment and is forced to utilise all his skills, knowledge and experience to survive. The team will be split into groups with the aim to build a giant viaduct across a gorge to transport stores and essential equipment. Each team is responsible for their own section of the viaduct, however, there are some specific rules. The ‘CEO’ will be given the brief, which then becomes their project to manage. They can only communicate this to their 3 senior managers. The 3 senior managers are then responsible for passing this information on to the team leaders, who in turn pass the message on to the wider team. The team members can only communicate to their team leader, who in turn can only communicate with their team members, other team leaders and the senior managers. Sounds complicated? Perhaps but it will encourage all team members to THINK GLOBALLY and as a unit rather than just fragmented teams within the company.
Raise the Flag – A classic Bear Grylls team building task. The group has survived and managed to reach civilisation. The group task now is to raise the Bear Grylls Survival Academy flag but, as usual, things are not so straight forward. There is an exclusion zone which no one can enter and thus the team will have to use various lengths of rope and pulleys to achieve the desired aim. This is a task of teamwork, communication, improvisation and knot skills.
Additional Options ** These are location dependent and may carry additional costs**
Commando Crawl and Regain – A classic Royal Marine Commando challenge and one of Bear’s signature challenges on his survival show Running Wild. You and your team members must make your way on top and across the hemp rope from one end to the other commando style. Halfway across you will hang upside down and attempt to get back onto the top of the rope. It’s impossible to reach the other end of the gorge upside down so team members will have to utilise balance, strength and core stability to regain their position on top of the rope and complete this challenge. This is classic Bear Grylls, but remember, he makes it look very, very easy on TV….
Note: Supplements Apply
Tyrolean Traverse/Tree Climb/Hemp Climb – Bear is famed for his ability to cross some of the most difficult terrain on the planet and make it look easy: unforgiving mountains, baron deserts and dense rainforests to name a few. In these environments some rope skills can prove to be invaluable and potentially lifesaving when faced with sheer cliffs and towering trees. This activity will test your mettle and see if you have what it takes to conquer high ropes challenges using your physical and mental strength. Watch how Bear’s team of expert instructors rig complex ropes for the team to try the improvised abseils, tyrolean traverse and more. These activities are great for trust exercises, communication and team building.
Note: Supplements apply
NEW – Mission K2 Climbing Wall – K2 is well known as the most dangerous and challenging of all the 14 x 8000m plus peaks. Its bottle neck has taken many climbers by surprise and is responsible for dozens of fatalities on the mountain. This is high risk. Dynamic activity demands courage, determination, strength, balance and some typical Bear Grylls calculated risk taking. Climbing a mountain is one thing, now take away vision and decrease oxygen by 40% for a full-on BGSA, K2 experience. Not your normal climbing wall activity.
Note: Supplements apply
Raft Build – When crossing a water feature, the last resort is to swim. You have seen Bear build and paddle numerous rafts over the years with one aim: self-rescue. During this task the group will be given enough equipment to build a raft suitable for at least 8 people. The task is to get each member of the team across the river, lake or pond. The team will be given a bag of items to use, most of which will be useless (tennis rackets, short scaffolding poles etc.) but some of which will be needed (e.g. ropes, barrels, paddles etc.) to be successful. The task is only complete when each member of the team has made it safely across the water feature. The better the raft, the less chance of getting wet and reaching civilisation.
Note: Supplements apply