Macon, Georgia

Wilderness & Tactical Survival Training

MACON, GEORGIA

Adventure into the wilderness with some of the most experienced outdoorsmen in the country in Macon, Georgia. We offer world-class wilderness and tactical survival training on a beautiful private farm. The site offers many wild edibles, a variety of vegetables, and wild game as well as modern conveniences such as running water, electricity and air-conditioned class room perfect for a break from those muggy summers.

Events in Macon, Georgia are generally by request only or special events. Email americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information regarding group event pricing and to get a custom quote for your event.

Special Georgia Event with Joel Graves & Mead Longbows
January 10 (09:00 am)
Macon, GA - 10518 Zebulon Rd, Forsyth, GA 31029

Lead Instructor - Joel Graves

Co-Founder & Owner of American Survival Co., Certified Survival Instructor, & Former Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2

Florida Survival InstructorJoel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.

Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!

Highlights: US NAVY EOD NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR, MK16 rebreather and SCUBA diver, static line and military free fall parachutist, diving supervisor, demolition operation supervisor, helicopter rope suspension technique (HRST/CAST) master, the Shaw’s Mid-South Shooting Institute and advanced expeditionary combat graduate, emergency vehicle operators course (EVOC), supported numerous US Secret Service missions for POTUS and VPOTUS, extensive combat medical training and real world experience using them.

Explosive Disposal Team Leader on over 355 missions with SEAL Team 2 and Seal Team 4. 2 Tours in Iraq, 1 Tour Bahrain, & 1 Tour Afghanistan.

Explosive ordinance disposal operator for ten years worked with: army, infantry, rangers, marines, SEAL teams, Green Berets, Secret Service, FBI, and police bomb squad units. Joel personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world!

Experience & Training:

  • Seal Team 2 & 4
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2, 6, 12
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Mayport
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom: Deployments to MNF-N and MNF-W
  • Operation Enduring Freedom: SOTF-Southeast Afghanistan, Village Stability Operations
  • Military Level B SERE School Graduate

EOD Diving Operations:

  • Diving Supervisor
  • Deep Diving operations down to 300 ft

Shooting Schools:

  • Shaws Mid South Institute
  • Advanced Expeditionary Combat School
  • Blackwater USTC training center
  • TAG long range military shooting school
  • Military Medical Certifications
  • Navy Special Warfare Tactical First Responder medical training (Live Tissue)
  • EOD Combat First Responder
  • Army Combat Life Saver

Military Schools:

  • Pack Mule Operations
  • High/Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Small Technical Rope Rescue
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • High Altitude Navigation
  • Military Free Fall Operations:Unknown-2
  • Static Line Jumps (80 jumps)
  • HALO/HAHO (High Altitude Low Opening/High Opening) 50 Jumps

Assisting Instructor - Quinn Connally

Like Joel, Quinn served as a Naval EOD Technician. At one point Joel and Quinn served on the same eight man team together. Quinn deployed exclusively to Iraq and served with 3rd Special Forces Group, completing over 120 missions. Quinn also later served in a response capacity to IED threats as well as with various SEAL teams and MARSOC elements. Quinn trained the Marine combat personnel to his theater of operation on various enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Planning your trip to Macon

10518 Zebulon Rd, Forsyth, GA, 31029

Airports

Middle Georgia Regional Airport – MCN – 34 minutes from training site

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – ATL – A little over 1 hr from training site

Accommodations: Students are welcome to camp on the premises or elect to stay at a hotel. Commonwealth Avenue offers some of the closest, budget friendly hotels. For many of our multi-day classes, we encourage you to camp on-site if possible to get the full experience. We often hear, some of the best part of training are the stories Joel shares around the camp fire in the evenings. But, there is no judgment or obligation to stay on-site, you are welcome to stay at hotel with access to hot showers! Wherever you feel most comfortable during your training.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Port-a-potties are available on site

If you are doing an overnight survival experience we invite and encourage to stay with us. We offer primitive shelters as well as opportunities to set up your own camp. One of the most popular sleep set ups is a hammock and bug net combo.

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

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

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.

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.

Yes! We love to serve families and large groups. We offer private event training which starts at $250/day for person 1 and $100/day for each additional person. We can negotiate more extensive discounts for groups of 6 or more.

If you have a group that would like to take a prescheduled class we offer discounts starting at $20/person and can increase based on group size. Please contact americansurvivalschool@gmail.com to inquire about any group discounts.

Yes! We love to serve families and large groups. We offer private event training which starts at $250/day for person 1 and $100/day for each additional person. We can negotiate more extensive discounts for groups of 6 or more.

If you have a group that would like to take a prescheduled class we offer discounts starting at $20/person and can increase based on group size. Please contact americansurvivalschool@gmail.com to inquire about any group discounts.

Yes! We love working with kids. Whether it’s a field trip for a 5th grade class who has just finished reading Hatchet, first graders on a nature walk, or a group of ROTC students who are looking to increase their wilderness skills we can tailor field trips to your goals and time frame. We also can provide a great venue for birthday parties, youth group events, scouts and clubs, and more! Contact us at americansurvivalschool@gmail.com.

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