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Instructors Level 1 Course

Do you have what it takes to lead?

“Are you the sort of person who can turn around when you have nothing left, and find that little bit extra inside you to keep going?” — Bear Grylls

As the Bear Grylls Survival Academy continues to grow, with courses offered from the US to Zimbabwe and across the UK, the search is on for potential leaders who are physically fit, charismatic, motivated, determined – and most of all, have the rare ability to go the extra mile. The primary aim of this course is to recruit and train potential instructors for the Academy worldwide – although it also acts as an effective training programme for existing outdoor instructors for their enjoyment or continued professional development (CPD). A combination of both theory and practical learning, the course is delivered by Bear’s own team of skilled and qualified lead instructors, all of whom have worked alongside him personally as advisors, safety assistants and stunt co-ordinators on shows such as Born Survivor and Get Out Alive, and are both experts in their fields and true adventurers, who have had to survive some of the most extreme environments on the planet. Successful Level 1 candidates would qualify, for example, to work as a safety officer or assistant instructor on one of the BGSA 24hr Family/Adult courses, with the skills to set up training areas/stances, teach supervised, assist with writing lesson plans, assist with writing risk assessments and schemes of work, and to demonstrate various BGSA skills.


Course Dates

The Instructor courses run from Friday morning, through to Sunday evening and typically runs with 12 candidates.

Instructor Course Dates
Only 12 spaces left - HURRY!

February 23rd 2018

Only 9 spaces left - HURRY!

October 6th 2017



Day 1

Arrival and first lessons

• Introduction to BGSA
• Learning and Teaching Styles
• Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans
• Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Overview
• Management of Students/Staff/Public
• Priorities of Survival
• Protection – (Shelters and Fire)

Day 2

Prepare individual lessons

• Team Building Games/Activity Training
• Self-Rescue – (Navigation, pacing, finding cardinal points, map and compass)
• Water
• Wild Food
• Field cooking and preparation – (Skinning)
• Prepare individual lectures/lessons
• Stalking
• Astro Navigation
• Night Navigation Exercise

Day 3

Final lessons and debrief

• Adventurous Equipment Overview
• HSE Regulations on storage, cleaning and logging of Adventurous Equipment
• BGSA Course Preparation and Clear Up for Instructors Prior to Client Courses
• BGSA Activity Stance Training – Dynamic Training, Ropes, Water, Difficult Ground
• Rivers and Water Crossings
• Candidates assessed 15 minute lessons
• Wash Up/Debrief/Certificates

After completion of the course, candidates will be invited back to complete an assessment day which must be arranged within one year of participating on the BGSA.



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 Boots

Walking boots or similar, with good ankle support

1 Pair of Trousers

Outdoor/ active (lightweight)

Base and Mid Layers

Base = next to skin, Mid = lightweight fleece

Thick Fleece or Lightweight Duvet Jacket

weather dependent: woolly hat or summer cap

2 Pairs of Gloves

1 x thin/active and 1 x thicker/outer & waterproof

Waterproof Trousers
Waterproof Jacket
1 Pair of Trainers
Sunglasses and Suncream

Weather dependent, but high factor sun cream is advised

Waterproof Notebook and Pen
Mosquito Repellent

weather dependent

Casual Clothes

Spare clothes and footwear to wear after the course

Socks and Underwear

Good walking/ trekking socks are advised

Towel and Flip Flops
Wash Bag and Personal Items
Personal Medication

In a waterproof bag

…and a bag full of positive attitude!

The following kit will be issued to participants by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:
  • Sleeping Bag and Liner

  • Head Torch

  • Ruck Sack and Waterproof Liner

  • Sleeping Mat

  • Water Bottle

  • Metal Mug and Spoon

  • Bear Grylls Survival Knife



Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
The Christian Adventure Centre, The Old Vicarage Viney Hill, Gloucestershire, GL15 4NA



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/Trek for an Hour, Carrying a 20lb Daypack?

  • Am I a Competent Swimmer?

  • Am I Determined?

If you have any questions regarding the fitness and health requirements, please feel free to contact the BGSA team

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