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Have you got what it takes to self-rescue from captivity in just 24 hours?

"Some of my toughest times have lasted for less than 24 hours, yet have had the greatest impact on me.”
Bear Grylls
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In this intense 24-hour survival experience, you’ll learn practical life-saving skills, attitudes such as resourcefulness and calm under pressure, and push yourself farther than ever before. From hour one, when you arrive in the wilds of the Brecon Beacons with no tent, and limited supplies, the pressure is on to source food and water locally from streams and pools. Guided by Bear’s team of highly trained experts, you’ll be taught to identify animal runs, lay traps, skin and gut your dinner, and forage to supplement your diet. You’ll acquire survival knife skills, wilderness first aid, fire lighting, and rope skills like knots and harnesses, then use these skills to navigate difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and waterfalls. You’ll also learn to build emergency shelters and protect yourself in the wild from attack.

Here are some of the exciting activities the course offers:

  • Dynamic river run
  • Improvised wilderness First Aid
  • Emergency shelter builds
  • Navigation
  • Abseil & rope use techniques
  • Survival knife skills & fire lighting
  • Waterfall jump
  • Practice dynamic self rescue techniques
  • Emergency water rescue techniques
  • White Water gorge walk
  • Gorge tyrolean
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As you would expect, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy courses are challenging both mentally and physically. So, in order to get the most out of this course, participant should be reasonably fit and healthy.

  • This course runs from Saturday midday to Sunday midday
  • Each course is limited to 14 participants who must be aged 18yrs+ in order to attend
  • All meals, selected kit and accommodation are provided during the course.
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate.
  • Take up the challenge on our Primal Survival Course in the South Downs too!

Please note: all activities are weather dependent.


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Brecon Beacons, South Wales
Close to Pen y Fan (the highest mountain in South Wales), this area of woodland, which sports fast rivers, gorges and rock faces, creates the ideal terrain for a challenging experience. The landscape is super tough, with water obstacles and high difficult ground being a key part of the challenge.
The meeting point is at the Pontneddfechan Village Hall.

These items will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

…and don't forget a bag full of positive attitude!

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The Bear Grylls 24 hour adult survival course was one of the hardest and challenging things I've done, but it has enabled me to know the basics and has pushed me on to wanting to learn more and do the 4 day extreme course. It was a fantastic experience. The instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and you had confidence in them to solve any problem. It was something I will never forget and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the outdoors and survival.