Florida

Survival Tarp Shelters – Great for Backpackers & Adventurers – FL

Students will learn to quickly and effectively construct a reliable tarp shelter for a variety of environments and situations.

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.

Atlatl: Make & Learn to Throw in 1 Day – FL

With this primitive weapon, you can learn to hunt and fish like our ancestors.

Construct an atlatl from natural materials in this one-day class at American Survival Co. in Jacksonville, Florida. With this primitive weapon, you can learn to hunt and fish like Matt Graham. The Atlatl has been used since the earliest civilizations. This quick, powerful throwing spear that offers more range than a javelin, but is easier to make and master than bow, allowing you to have a handy weapon for obtaining protein. With a spur on one end and a handle on the other, it provides additional leverage to propel a dart that is heavier than an arrow but lighter than a spear much farther and up to three times faster than one could with a one-handed throw.

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.

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

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? 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 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.

Plant Walk and Knife Skills and Safety – FL

Navigating the wilderness and foraging plant life for medicine and food are critical elements of survival.

PLANT WALK (9-11 AM // $20/person)

Take a walk on the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our War Eagle, AR base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used common weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with valuable knowledge of everyday plants that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch Break

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 an under-appreciated skill. This class is fantastic for all experience and skill levels.

We will cover a range of skills from:

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

Knife skills seem simple…take the 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 it is 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

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? Cell phone service can be spotty once we start navigating the wilderness.

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 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.

Make a Composite Bow & Learn How to Use It – FL

Make a high-performance bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day.

Make a high-performance composite bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day. We have partnered with Dave Mead Longbows to provide hand-crafted kits for a unique, primitive bow with impressive quality at an affordable price. Upon completion of our class you will leave with a great shooting bow, handmade arrow and the skills required to use them effectively.

This bow does not disappoint. Stable, accurate and smooth to draw, the horse bow is very compact with no stack, finger pinch, or hand shock. These bows can be made as takedowns for ultra portability or as a sing high-performance unit.

Takeaway: Students will leave with a hand-crafted, great quality horse bow and the knowledge to use it.

Required Equipment: Mead Longbows kit (allow 3 weeks prior to class for production) – $159

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? Cell phone service can be spotty once we start navigating through the wilderness.

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 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 Trapping – FL

Secure protein from your natural surroundings.

While modern traps outperform primitive traps, we firmly believe in having a contingency skill set that can be put to use when you are in an emergency situation or separated from your gear. Students will gain a thorough understanding of at least two dead-fall triggers and 3 primitive twitch ups (that actually work) and can be used in a multitude of scenarios. With a fundamental knowledge of trapping mechanics, students will be able to manipulate weight and tension with natural materials, even developing their “own” triggers and traps. With thorough comprehension of how traps work, how to set them easily and safely, to properly set bait, anyone in a tight spot can develop hundreds of traps and capture more while saving calories that would be spent on active hunting. The class includes practical hands-on practice at making primitive traps with carved sticks and natural plant fiber cordage.

Takeaway: Students will leave with a fundamental knowledge of primitive trapping mechanics and confidently be able to set a diverse range of traps in an emergency situation. Each participant makes several traps to test and take home.

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for the duration of the event. 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 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.

Simple Survival – FL

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

Simple Survival is about developing survival skills to meet basic needs in an emergency situation with a minimal toolset. Imagine, you get separated from your group and can’t get back to your camp. You have only what you carried on you to survive. There are three basic needs you will need to meet to survive…shelter, water, fire. Without all the tools back at your camp, could you make it? In Simple Survival, you’ll learn to meet these three needs with just three basic tools, a knife, tarp, and pot. While most people carry far more than these items with them when they travel, no amount of gadgets or weaponry will help you if you can’t meet your minimal needs.At American Survival Co. we believe in contingency skill sets, should you become separated from your gear or something critical breaks on you in the field. Having to rely on less gear also makes you more mobile in the field. You will learn the primitive knowledge to meet every basic need in just about any location. Lighten your load and become a confident survivalist after this 2 day, 1 night course.

Takeaways: With only a knife, pot and tarp as their only tools, students will learn how to acquire food, water, shelter and make fire. They will leave being able to survive any terrain with a few simple tools.

Class Length: 2 Days/1 Night — Start at 9 AM, Finish at 5 PM the following day. All of our classes are available for private training and group events.

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
  • 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.

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.

Plant Walk – FL

Navigating the wilderness and foraging plant life for medicine and food are critical elements of survival.

Take a walk on the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our Jacksonville, FL base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used common weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day plants that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

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.

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 haveaccess 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 nearbyand come back in the morning. For those wishing to stay on site we have several primitiveshelters available (but they are not bug proof), or you are welcome to utilize a hammock with abug 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 yourinstructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tipthem, 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 orstore credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Intro to Bow Drill & Land Navigation – FL

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

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

FIRE STARTER – INTRO TO BOW DRILL – 9AM – 12PM ($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.

Lunch Break: 12PM-1PM

LAND NAVIGATION – 1PM – 12 PM ($40)

Outdoor navigation skills are essential for adventuring and exploring the wilderness. It’s easy to become lost without signal, rendering your GPS useless. Many modern navigation tools are excellent, but do you know what to do when they fail? Can you find your way without devices? In American Survival Co.’s outdoor navigation class you will learn multiple techniques for wilderness navigation, so you can get yourself safely to your destination. This class is great for hikers, backpackers, hunters, campers and adventurers. However, outdoor navigation is useful in many survival situations for those who never expect to be lost or stranded in the wilderness, this skill set is extremely valuable for all people to hone.

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. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty once we start navigating the wilderness.

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 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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