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!!!!

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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.
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!!!!
The BGSA are an exceptional team of people and we cannot recommend them highly enough. They created an exceptional day which allowed everyone to challenge and push themselves whilst recognising limits and abilities - the result was a day that developed teamwork, bonding, fun, laughter, competition and increased knowledge. The instructors were open and approachable and went out of their way to guide and assist without encroaching. I would encourage any company to book BGSA at various levels of the organisation - I know we will be doing so again soon.
Tony Gibson, Romans Estate Agents
It was the best birthday present I have ever had. Every part of the course was so enjoyable and the kids loved it too . Thanks for a perfect day
David Osbaldstein
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
William Mooney, UK
Wild Camp - North Wales
The Survival Academy is an exciting opportunity to escape the rush of life and learn necessary life skills. Our group bonded instantly and had a memorable 24 hours hiking, tracking, practicing the art of fire starting, building shelters and surviving in the woods. Just the right mix of challenge and comfort, the 24-hour experience is perfect for people looking to dip their toe into outdoor survival. Immediately upon surviving the weekend, I started dreaming of attending one of the longer, more intense programs!
From the initial meeting at the lodge, to the final goodbyes in the parking lot, Jake and Dan were exceptional leaders and instructors. My 9 year old daughter and I did the 24 hour Family course in The Catskills, NY. We learned so many new skills that we cannot wait to practice on our own. My daughter has been raving about it since we got home, and immediately asked when the next adventure was. I highly recommend this for anyone who's has a child that enjoys the outdoors and camping. What an amazing experience for both myself and my daughter. Thank you again Jake, Dan, and the rest of the Bear Grylls team for such a wonderful experience!
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.
Stephen Graver
Survival on the Moors
I didn't really know what to expect from the course but even what I got was a shock to the system. This course is full on, with the most professional instructing team I have ever come across. Get your boots on tight because it's an absolute whirlwind!
Incredible experience. It definitely "hurt a little", but I would not have changed a thing! The instructors (Josh, Jake) were outstanding - knowledgeable, supportive, and approachable. The course is harder than you think, but you come back stronger, smarter, and with a renewed perspective on what's important in life. It's one thing to think you can survive if you have to, it's another thing to put it into practice. I have no doubt that I could after this experience.
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.
We had a fantastic day with BGSA, the whole team joined in and we had great fun on the day. The event went smoothly and the BGSA team kept us all laughing with a few surprises along the way! Would recommend BGSA to any sized company big or small. Thanks again!
AJC Carpentry Ltd, UK
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The BGSA are an exceptional team of people and we cannot recommend them highly enough. They created an exceptional day which allowed everyone to challenge and push themselves whilst recognizing limits and abilities - the result was a day that developed teamwork, bonding, fun, laughter, competition and increased knowledge. The instructors were open and approachable and went out of their way to guide and assist without encroaching. I would encourage any company to book BGSA at various levels of the organisation - I know we will be doing so again soon.
Romans Estate Agents, UK
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