Essential Skills: Knots, Knives, etc.

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

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

FIRE STARTER – INTRO TO BOW DRILL – 1pm – 5pm ($40)

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

FAQs

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? Yes, cell phone service is actually very strong at our camp.

What is the bathroom situation? Bathroom facilities 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 americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. 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.

Knots & Knife Skills – FL

Knife skills are essential to wilderness survival and will help you progress through training with more confidence.

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 to 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 though into his knots and why he uses them.

LUNCH BREAK 12 PM – 1 PM

KNIFE SAFETY SKILLS (1-5 PM) ($50)

Most of us didn’t grow up with a knife in hand, whittling tools and creature comforts from the landscape out of necessity. Knife skills are disappearing, and becoming a much underappreciated skill. This class is fantastic for all experience and skill levels.

We will cover a range of skills from:

  • knife and axe safety
  • batonning
  • useful saw techniques and safety
  • biomechanics of knife use (how to use your knife more efficiently when calories count)

Knife skills seem simple…take sharp edge, remove wood, try not to cut yourself. Like most bushcraft and survival skills, the devil is in the details. This workshop will provide you the training to effectively and safely use sharp cutting tools in the field.

The instructors have a knack for gauging your experience level and giving you appropriately challenging tasks to progress your skills. This is done from varying projects from tent stakes to wooden spoons and netting needles. No prior experience needed, but if its there, you will be challenged.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife and any knives you would like to use during the knife course
  • Paracord is recommended for the knot course

    FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

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 americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. 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.

EDC Wilderness Survival – FL

Students will know how to utilize every day carry items to secure shelter, water, fire and food.

EDC Wilderness Survival prepares you to survive a disaster, learning how to meet all your basic needs with a few, simple pieces of gear that are easy to carry and essential to your survival. The focus is on modern survival skills, emphasizing basic skills, equipment, and preparedness with the expectation of rescue within 72 hours. Utilizing everyday carry items you’ll learn to provide for your basic needs of shelter, water, fire and food. This training is an investment in the ultimate back-up plan (you) if a situation goes south.

Takeaway: Students will know how to utilize every day carry items to secure shelter, water, fire and food. They will leave with confidence in their ability to survive the unexpected

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Poncho
  • Steel canteen or water bottle
  • Ferro rod
  • Sawyer water filter
  • Folding Saw (great option is the Corona Saw at Lowe’s Corona Saw )
  • Paracord
  • Waterproof shoes / boots
  • Personal hygiene items and other common travel items

Accommodations: Students are encouraged to stay overnight for full survival experience, but by no means are required to. If traveling from out of town there are many comfortable accommodations nearby. We recommend a hammock with a bug net or tent. On site, we also offer primitive shelters that students can stay in.

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water?
Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have
access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service?
Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

Where will we sleep (overnight classes only)?
Students aren’t required to stay overnight and are welcome to stay in a hotel or home if nearby
and come back in the morning. For those wishing to stay on site we have several primitive
shelters available (but they are not bug proof), or you are welcome to utilize a hammock with a
bug net over it or a tent, which is much better for keeping bugs out.

What is the bathroom situation?
Port-a-potties are available on-site

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 americansurvivalschool@gmail.com.

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.

Primitive Skills Immersion Camp – Wayback Wilderness

Join Justin Cook, Joel Graves, Madison Parker and Kau’i Moorehead at Wayback Wilderness Survival School – October 11-14, 2019 for a primitive living skills camp in the tidal swamps of Northern Escambia County at scenic Becks Lake Fish Camp; the gateway to the Escambia River.

Enjoy 350 acres of hardwood forests and blackwater creeks full of panfish, catfish, turtles and alligators. This unique environment has both tropical and temperate elements and is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in primitive wilderness survival skills.

We will spend the entire duration of the class time in the woods or on the water. we will share a common shelter and living space, eat together, camp together and will be focusing entirely on primitive living and coming together as a TRIBE the best we can. Expect to learn the basics of Stone Age survival, especially flintknapping, fiber craft, and friction fire.Will discuss the anthropological and archaeological record, geology, geography and hope to create a connection with the land. Students can also expect to learn detailed knowledge about plants, animals, folklore and will be exposed to a variety of hunting, fishing, and trapping information in this class

Topics covered:

  • The Paiute and Y-Bone deadfall
  • learn to make several types of simple, versatile and effective traps
  • make a clay pot
  • make a wooden bowl
  • boil water in both
  • make a fishhook/gorge that will catch a fish
  • make a fishing gig
  • make and throw an Atl Atl
  • make an Arrow- make a stone knife (knapping)
  • make cordage
  • make a hand drill fire by friction
  • use a bow drill
  • how to make a net
  • make a fish trap
  • Preserve Game by Smoking
  • process acorns
  • identify wild edibles
  • cook fish over the fire

Camping is completely primitive and will require you to walk in, we will share responsibilities to create a community atmosphere. Food is not provided- we encourage you to bring a minimum of food Items, we will have ample opportunity to fish and gather, we recommend trail mix and real food such as sweet potatoes, fruit, wild game, — natural items to stay in sync with the primitive camp, expect some foods as such to be available and provided. Part of the focus of this class is to create an authentic experience.

Suggested Materials :

Knife or machete, backpack containing: hammock, or tarp. nylon string or twine. 32 oz stainless steel bottle, steel cup, 2 bandannas, headlamp, notebook, Sturdy shoes, clothes for camping, assorted small to large hooks, cooking pot, personal first aid supplies and personal medications. Bug spray.

Don’t over pack! You will be required to carry this gear to several locations on the property – bring a camera, be prepared to get earthy!

Dress comfortably- but dress for outdoor work. Also neural colors preferred.

2020 Becks Lake Rd

Cantonment, FL 32533

LAT/LONG

30.623671 N

-87.264754W

Link to MAP:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/2020+Becks+Lake+Rd,+Cantonment,+FL+32533/@30.623671,-87.264754,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x889093a651d05b3d:0x99c54d7c401a3256!8m2!3d30.623671!4d-87.264754?hl=en-US

Join Justin Cook, Joel Graves, Madison Parker and Kau’i Moorehead at Wayback Wilderness Survival School – October 11-14, 2019 for a primitive living skills camp in the tidal swamps of Northern Escambia County at scenic Becks Lake Fish Camp; the gateway to the Escambia River.

Enjoy 350 acres of hardwood forests and blackwater creeks full of panfish, catfish, turtles and alligators. This unique environment has both tropical and temperate elements and is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in primitive wilderness survival skills.

We will spend the entire duration of the class time in the woods or on the water. we will share a common shelter and living space, eat together, camp together and will be focusing entirely on primitive living and coming together as a TRIBE the best we can. Expect to learn the basics of Stone Age survival, especially flintknapping, fiber craft, and friction fire.Will discuss the anthropological and archaeological record, geology, geography and hope to create a connection with the land. Students can also expect to learn detailed knowledge about plants, animals, folklore and will be exposed to a variety of hunting, fishing, and trapping information in this class

Topics covered:

  • The Paiute and Y-Bone deadfall
  • learn to make several types of simple, versatile and effective traps
  • make a clay pot
  • make a wooden bowl
  • boil water in both
  • make a fishhook/gorge that will catch a fish
  • make a fishing gig
  • make and throw an Atl Atl
  • make an Arrow- make a stone knife (knapping)
  • make cordage
  • make a hand drill fire by friction
  • use a bow drill
  • how to make a net
  • make a fish trap
  • Preserve Game by Smoking
  • process acorns
  • identify wild edibles
  • cook fish over the fire

Camping is completely primitive and will require you to walk in, we will share responsibilities to create a community atmosphere. Food is not provided- we encourage you to bring a minimum of food Items, we will have ample opportunity to fish and gather, we recommend trail mix and real food such as sweet potatoes, fruit, wild game, — natural items to stay in sync with the primitive camp, expect some foods as such to be available and provided. Part of the focus of this class is to create an authentic experience.

Suggested Materials :

Knife or machete, backpack containing: hammock, or tarp. nylon string or twine. 32 oz stainless steel bottle, steel cup, 2 bandannas, headlamp, notebook, Sturdy shoes, clothes for camping, assorted small to large hooks, cooking pot, personal first aid supplies and personal medications. Bug spray.

Don’t over pack! You will be required to carry this gear to several locations on the property – bring a camera, be prepared to get earthy!

Dress comfortably- but dress for outdoor work. Also neural colors preferred.

2020 Becks Lake Rd

Cantonment, FL 32533

LAT/LONG

30.623671 N

-87.264754W

Link to MAP:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/2020+Becks+Lake+Rd,+Cantonment,+FL+32533/@30.623671,-87.264754,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x889093a651d05b3d:0x99c54d7c401a3256!8m2!3d30.623671!4d-87.264754?hl=en-US

Survival Tarp Shelters – Great for Backpackers & Adventurers – FL

Learn several friction fire methods that will enable you to create fire from natural materials using the bow drill

9 AM – 12 PM – FIRE STARTER – INTRO TO BOW DRILL

In this 3 hr class, you will be 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.

—- CLASS BUNDLE —

1 PM – 5 PM – TARP SHELTERS (Lightweight Shelters for Hikers, Backpackers and Survival)

In an emergency situation you have 3 hours to secure shelter in extreme temperatures. Students learn to quickly make a shelter using a tarp. With a system of easy-to-learn knots, students will be able to construct reliable tarp shelters in a matter of minutes. We will explore a variety of tarp pitches for different environments and situations, to create the most effective shelter to withstand inclement weather. Our tarp pitches in Florida have survived Hurricane Max and Irma with little to no adjustment. While we cover tarp shelters in EDC Wilderness Survival, we will go deeper into shelter creation, exploring even more pitches and variations. This is great for anyone looking to make their pack ultra light on the trail.

Takeaway: Students will learn to quickly and effectively construct a reliable tarp shelter for a variety of environments and situation, to withstand the worst of mother nature. This is great for anyone looking to make their pack ultra light on the trail.

Class Length: 1 Day — Start at 9 AM, Finish at 5 PM the following day

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

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

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

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 americansurvivalschool@gmail.com.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.

Fire Starters: Intro to Bow Drill – FL

Learn several friction fire methods that will enable you to create fire from natural materials using the bow drill

9 AM – 12 PM – FIRE STARTER – INTRO TO BOW DRILL

In this one-day class, you will be 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.

—- CLASS BUNDLE —

1 PM – 5 PM – TARP SHELTERS (Lightweight Shelters for Hikers, Backpackers and Survival)

In an emergency situation you have 3 hours to secure shelter in extreme temperatures. Students learn to quickly make a shelter using a tarp. With a system of easy-to-learn knots, students will be able to construct reliable tarp shelters in a matter of minutes. We will explore a variety of tarp pitches for different environments and situations, to create the most effective shelter to withstand inclement weather. Our tarp pitches in Florida have survived Hurricane Max and Irma with little to no adjustment. While we cover tarp shelters in EDC Wilderness Survival, we will go deeper into shelter creation, exploring even more pitches and variations. This is great for anyone looking to make their pack ultra light on the trail.

Takeaway: Students will learn to quickly and effectively construct a reliable tarp shelter for a variety of environments and situation, to withstand the worst of mother nature. This is great for anyone looking to make their pack ultra light on the trail.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

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

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

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 americansurvivalschool@gmail.com.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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