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Joel Graves

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Joel Graves, Owner of American Survival Co. & Former Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2

Florida Survival Instructor

Joel 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!

Train with Joel in Florida, Kentucky, Maine or request private training at your location.

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

November 2018

Modern Trapping

November 17 @ 9:00 am - November 18 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$220.00
Modern Trapping

Set Traps & Secure Protein with Modern Equipment Wild game is often your primary source of nutrition in a survival situation, especially during the winter months. In Modern Trapper, you will acquire a thorough understanding for traps designed to trap animals for both protein and fur, including body hold traps, modern snares and foot hold traps. State laws regarding trapping vary, but when it’s an emergency situation and protein is needed, you will be thankful to have these skills in…

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Plant Walk & Outdoor Navigation

November 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$20.00 – $50.00
Jacksonville, FL Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used every day weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day weeds that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

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Build a Bamboo Horse Bow and Learn to Use It

November 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$90.00
Build a Bamboo Horse Bow in One Day

Make a high-performance horse 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.

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December 2018

Urban Survival: Civilian SERE

December 7 @ 9:00 am - December 9 @ 5:00 pm
NW Arkansas Basecamp (Rockford Grange), Country Rd SE9062
Powell, MO 65730 United States
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$319.00
Urban Survival: SERE Civilian

Our SERE course is developed from personal training in Naval special forces, omitting those elements which we are not legally able to provide to the civilian population. We further tailor the instruction to focus on the most common threats encountered by civilians both domestically and abroad.

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Modern Trapper

December 8 @ 9:00 am - December 9 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$220.00
Learn to trap florida

Set Traps & Secure Protein with Modern Equipment Wild game may be your primary source of nutrition in a survival situation, especially during the winter months. In Modern Trapper, you will acquire a thorough understanding for traps designed to trap animals for both protein and fur, including body hold traps, modern snares and foot hold traps. State laws regarding trapping vary, but when it’s an emergency situation and protein is needed, you will be thankful to have these skills in…

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Build a Bamboo Horse Bow and Learn to Use It

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$90.00
Build a Bamboo Horse Bow in One Day

Make a high-performance horse 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.

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Outdoor Navigation

December 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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Navigation Training

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. 

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Slingshot: Make and Learn To Shoot It

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$45.00
Make a slingshot

Make a slingshot with American Survival Co. and learn how to shoot it in this short class. Using inexpensive, modern materials and common natural resources you will spend a few hours constructing a sling shot and learning proper shooting techniques.

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Intro to Survival

December 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$90.00
wilderness survival fundamentals class

This one-day introduction to survival fundamentals is perfect for anyone just starting to learn survival techniques or an experienced adventurer who may want a quick refresher. As we examine the key components of survival: shelter, fire, water and food, students will also learn about survival psychology and signaling. This course is a great starting point, and the information can be life-saving in an emergency situation.

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January 2019

Urban Survival: Civilian SERE

January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - January 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$350.00
SERE Training Jacksonville Florida

Our SERE course is developed from personal training in Naval special forces, omitting those elements which we are not legally able to provide to the civilian population. We further tailor the instruction to focus on the most common threats encountered by civilians both domestically and abroad.

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Build a Bamboo Recurve Bow from Raw Materials (2 Days)

January 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - January 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$220.00
Recurve Bamboo Bow Archery class

Make a high-performance horse bow and arrow from raw materials  and learn primitive archery in two days.

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February 2019

Simple Survival: 3 Needs to Meet – 3 Tools To Do It

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$220.00
Simple Survival Skills, Primitive Skills

Simple Survival is about developing survival skills to meet basic needs with a minimal toolset. With only a knife, pot and tarp, 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.

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Build a Bamboo Horse Bow and Learn to Use It

February 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, Florida Basecamp, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$90.00
Build a Bamboo Horse Bow in One Day

Make a high-performance horse 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.

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