Update from Gordon
Welcome to Bushcraft Survival Australia’s August newsletter.
June and July were busy months with lots going on.
After my return from being away instructing on the Norforce Environmental Survival Course for three weeks, we ran the first Darwin 3 Day Intermediate Bushcraft Survival Course held at Woorabinda Scout Reserve in Howard Springs, Darwin. Students who attended this course had previously completed the 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course.
This Intermediate course continued on from where the basic course left off with students being weaned off four of the top five essential man made kit items (ferrocerium rod, covering/shelter, metal container and cordage), resulting in them having to use natural resources to make and construct them.
Some of the skills students focused on were: fire by friction using the bow drill method, making their own natural shelters which they lived in for the course, making a paperbark container in which they could hold and boil water using hot rocks, cordage making using the inner bark of Coastal Hibiscus, natural navigation methods, basic snaring, plant identification and wild foods of the local area.
Thank you to Perryn, Joe, John, Alex and Andrew for making this first Intermediate course a success.
Intermediate 1: Students practising friction fire using the bow drill.
Intermediate 2: Students camp cooking at their natural shelters.
Photos of the June Intermediate course can be seen on the Gallery page of our website.
The following weekend we ran our first 2 Day Junior Bushcraft Survival Course, once again run at the Howard Springs venue in Darwin. The course was aimed at juniors aged 10-16. Each student needed to be accompanied by an adult with one adult per family able to attend for free.
We also had Ky Furneaux who was helping out on the course. For those that don’t know Ky is a LA stuntwoman and survivalist and has appeared in movies such as “Thor”, “X-men”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and Discoveries “Naked and Afraid” to name a few.
Students learnt about the priorities of survival, important kit items they should have with them when out in the bush, safe use of cutting tools, simple fire lighting techniques, emergency shelter construction, how to stay seen and signal for help if lost in the bush, finding water and making it safe to drink, useful plants, simple knots and much more.
Thanks to the Palacios family, Hatcher family and the Blazey family for attending and making this first junior course a success.
Photos of the July Junior course can be seen on the Gallery page of our website.
Junior 1: Students learning about knife safety.
Junior 2: Students collecting water using a transpiration bag.
When not running BSA courses or involved with army duties at Norforce, I also work as a tour guide for Territory Expeditions and Adventure Tours in Darwin, taking clients on camping expeditions into Kakadu National Park in the top end.
I recently completed the RAAF Combat Survival SERE Course for downed pilots and am presently away on operations in a remote area with Norforce.
The “Living Room” episode that I did with Chris Brown which was meant to air on the 3rd August has now been postponed to Friday the 31st August so stay tuned for that.
Gordon with Chris Brown. Living Room survival episode airs on 31st August.
In early September BSA will be running a private 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course for Darwin Middle School.
BSA is also looking to run a second Intermediate Bushcraft Survival Course (not advertised) for students that could not make the first June Intermediate course. We are looking at the weekend of 7-9 September for those who have done the basic course and would like to attend. We need a couple more people to allow this to run so if you would like to attend please let us know asap.
5-7 October - Darwin 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course
19-21 October - Sydney 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course
27-28 October – Coffs Coast 2 Day Junior Bushcraft Survival Course
2-4 November – Coffs Coast 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course
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Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you on a BSA course soon.
Other future dates:
5-7 October, Darwin NT, Basic Bushcraft Survival Course (3 days)
19-21 October, Sydney, NSW, Basic Bushcraft Survival Couse (3 days)
27-28 October, Coffs Coast, NSW, Junior (11-16) Basic Bushcraft Survival Couse (2 days)
2-4 November, Coffs Coast, NSW, Basic Bushcraft Survival Couse (3 days)
Details of all courses can be seen here