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BGSA Instructors 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 China and across the UK, the search is on for potential leaders who are physically fit, charismatic, motivated, determined and most of all, will go the extra mile, particular when things get tough. The primary aim of this course is to recruit and train potential instructors for the Academy worldwide, although, the course also acts as an effective training programe for existing outdoor instructors in the way of continued professional development (CPD).

The course is also aimed at those wishing to enter in to the Outdoor Adventurous Training Sector and for this reason the course offers an accredited First Aid Qualification and a water safety award. A combination of both theory and practical lessons are delivered by Bear’s own team of highly experienced, skilled and qualified lead instructors, all of whom have worked alongside Bear as safety assistants, wilderness location scouts, journey producers and adventurous activity coordinators.
The BGSA Instructors Course is also accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL).

All are experts in their fields and true adventurers, who have had to survive in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. On successful completion of the Assessment Course, candidates would qualify to work as a safety officer or assistant instructor on a BGSA 24hr Family or Adult course, 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 specialist survival and self-rescue 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!

October 12th 2018



Day 1

Arrival and Initial Lessons

  • Introduction to BGSA
  • Bear Grylls Overview
  • Learning/ Teaching Styles
  • Schemes of Work
  • Lesson Plans
  • Health & Safety
  • Priorities of First Aid
  • Priorities of Survival
  • Protection – (Shelters and Fire)
Day 2

Lesson Preparation/ Dynamic Training Activity

• Knots and Knives
• Emergency First Aid
• Self-Rescue – (Navigation, Astro)
• Water and Wild Food
• Field cooking and preparation
• Skinning and Gutting
• Prepare individual lectures/lessons
• Stalking and axe Throwing
• Night Navigation Exercise

Day 3

Student Lessons and Course Feedback

• Team Building/Fitness Activity
• First Aid CPR and practical
• PPE Inspection/Cleaning/Storage
• HSE Regulations
• Dynamic Activity Training – (Abseil, Cave, Water, Climb)
• Rivers and Water Crossings
• Candidates Deliver 15 minute lessons
• Wash Up/Debrief/Certificates

After completion of the course, candidates will be invited back to shadow a course and after consolidation, complete an assessment day which must be arranged within one year of participating on the BGSA Intructor Course.



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?

  • 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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