Know Your Knots and Fire Starters: Intro to Bow Drill – FL


April 19


09:00 am - 05:00 pm

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Joel Graves - Certified Survival Instructor


Eat Your Yard Jax

8220 Moncrief Road West, Jacksonville, FL 32219

Jacksonville, FL, US, 32219

Learn about knots and fire starters, two essential elements to wilderness survival.

Choose just 1 class or bundle them together and save $10

KNOTS – 9 AM – 12 PM ($40)

String, cordage, rope, line — whatever you call it, it’s nature’s original duct tape. In this 3 hour course, you will learn useful knots and their application. These knots are extremely valuable and can be used for creating primitive tools for setting up a storm-proof shelter. There is no shortage of information and tutorials about knots online, but which ones do you need to have in your arsenal, which are the most valuable?

Join us as we examine the most useful knots for wilderness survival (and sometimes life in general). We often get asked what skills would be the most helpful to learn before attempting some of your longer survival skills. The answer is simple: Knots & Knife skills.

Learn from someone who has literally had his life on the line fast roping, rappelling, diving and prosecuting improvised explosive devises, you will be hard pressed to find anyone who has put as much thought into his knots and why he uses them.

Lunch Break: 12pm-1pm


In this class, you will learn the bow drill and how to create fire from natural materials. You will also learn various types of fire setups. Each participant will harvest their own bow drill kit from the land to take home.

Fire is a critical component of survival and can mean the difference between life and death. It’s essential that you are able to make a fire quickly in any weather condition using tools or natural resources from your surroundings. Besides the benefits of warmth and light, fire also assists in water purification, signaling, warding off predators, cooking, and wound disinfection.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Paracord is recommended for the knot course
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Waterproof shoes / boots


Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service can be spotty.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

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