Jacksonville

SERE Training Jacksonville Florida

Urban Survival: Civilian SERE – FL

Survival * Evasion * Resistance * Escape

Whether you are an international traveler or never leave your neighborhood, the threat of encountering hostile individuals is a reality for all of us. Learn valuable skills to put you at an advantage in event of situations like home invasion, assault, and kidnap. 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.

  • In this class you will learn:
  • Situational awareness and preventative measures
  • Escaping common restraints like handcuffs and zip ties
  • Self-defense
  • Learn how to use and conceal makeshift weapons
  • Survival mentality and how to best interact with hostile individuals and captors
  • Navigation and wilderness survival tips when being tracked

Tactical survival is a different beast than wilderness survival, sometimes requiring the elements of wilderness survival be put to use in an escape or evasion scenario. Tactical survival requires a significant mental preparedness in a high-stress situation. Being trained and prepared for an urban survival situation can truly be the difference between life and death.

This course is ideal for:

  • International travelers
  • Mission teams and aid workers
  • Students heading to college or who plan to travel
  • Anyone who feels they might be a target or never wants to be a victim
Plant walk florida and Arkansas

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk and/or Wilderness Navigation – JAX

Join us just for the plant walk, slingshot workshop or both classes!

9:00-11:00 – Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk ($20/person)
11:30-12:30 – Break/Lunch
12:30-3:30 – Wilderness Navigation  ($40/person)

PLANT WALK

Take a walk on the weedy and 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 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.

Wilderness Navigation

Make a slingshot with American Survival Co. and learn how to shoot it in this short class. We will use inexpensive, modern materials and common natural resources to construct a sling shot and learn proper shooting techniques in a half day class. These primitive weapons are often overlooked, but slingshots really offer great portability and a short learning curve. With practice, your accuracy can become deadly and make this method one of the easiest, short-term, food procurement options available.

All of our classes are available for private training and group events. Visit our private training page here or americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information. Class terms and conditions here.

EDC Wilderness Survival

Pack the essential everyday carry bag and master each tool to meet all your basic needs.
Summary: You get lost on a hiking trail, turned around during a hunt, or stranded in a remote area, how do you survive? More than 2,000 people get lost in the woods each year and most survival scenarios. But you’ve got your everyday carry bag? Do you have the right tools to survive? Do you know how to use them to meet your basic needs?
EDC Wilderness Survival prepares you to be 10 steps ahead of meeting all your basic needs with a few, simple pieces of gear that are easy to carry and guaranteed to get the job done. 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, shelter, water, fire and food. Invest in the most convenient way out of a bad situation and revel in the peace of mind of the ultimate back up plan.
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

All of our classes are available for private training and group events. Visit our private training page here or americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information. Class terms and conditions here.

 

Plant walk florida and Arkansas

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk (with add-ons)

Join us just for the plant walk, slingshot workshop or both classes!

9:00-11:00 – Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk ($20/person)
11:30-12:30 – Break/Lunch
12:30-3:30 – Make a Slingshot  ($40/person)

PLANT WALK

Take a walk on the weedy and 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 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.

SLINGSHOT

Make a slingshot with American Survival Co. and learn how to shoot it in this short class. We will use inexpensive, modern materials and common natural resources to construct a sling shot and learn proper shooting techniques in a half day class. These primitive weapons are often overlooked, but slingshots really offer great portability and a short learning curve. With practice, your accuracy can become deadly and make this method one of the easiest, short-term, food procurement options available.

All of our classes are available for private training and group events. Visit our private training page here or americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information. Class terms and conditions here.

backpacking shelter

Modern Shelters: Lightweight Shelter for Backpackers – FL

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, even 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.


All of our classes are available for private training and group events. Visit our private training page here or americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information. Class terms and conditions here.

wilderness survival fundamentals class

Intro to Survival – FL

This one-day introduction class to basics of survival is perfect for anyone just starting to learn survival skills or an experienced adventurer in need of a quick refresh. We will 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.

Survival psychology and mindset are the single most important factor in determining someone’s likelihood of survival. Mindset trumps skills and training trumps gear any day of the week. Our combat-tested veterans have gone through the most rigorous military training available, accomplished dangerous missions in austere environments, and have survived many life or death situations. They bring a very unique perspective to survival psychology mindset and understanding of survival priorities.

Join us for one-day of critical instruction. We promise you will have fun too, but you will leave feeling more prepared for the unexpected.

Take away: Students will feel more comfortable adventuring into the great outdoors and handling an emergency situation should one arise. Following completion, students will have a better idea of their next steps for deeper survival training.


All of our classes are available for private training and group events. Visit our private training page here or americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information. Class terms and conditions here.

Build a Bamboo Horse Bow in One Day

Build a Bamboo Horse Bow and Learn to Use It – FL

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.

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 required (allow 3 weeks prior to class for production) – $159


All of our classes are available for private training and group events. Visit our private training page here or americansurvivalschool@gmail.com for more information. Class terms and conditions here.

*Note: American Survival Co. has a modified version of this class offering PVC bows (no bow kit expense), which is great for kids and birthday parties.

SERE Training Jacksonville Florida

Urban Survival: Civilian SERE – FL

Survival * Evasion * Resistance * Escape

Whether you are an international traveler or never leave your neighborhood, the threat of encountering hostile individuals is a reality for all of us. Learn valuable skills to put you at an advantage in event of situations like home invasion, assault, and kidnap. 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.

  • In this class you will learn:
  • Situational awareness and preventative measures
  • Escaping common restraints like handcuffs and zip ties
  • Self-defense
  • Learn how to use and conceal makeshift weapons
  • Survival mentality and how to best interact with hostile individuals and captors
  • Navigation and wilderness survival tips when being tracked

Tactical survival is a different beast than wilderness survival, sometimes requiring the elements of wilderness survival be put to use in an escape or evasion scenario. Tactical survival requires a significant mental preparedness in a high-stress situation. Being trained and prepared for an urban survival situation can truly be the difference between life and death.

This course is ideal for:

  • International travelers
  • Mission teams and aid workers
  • Students heading to college or who plan to travel
  • Anyone who feels they might be a target or never wants to be a victim
Jacksonville FL Knife Making

Randy Owen – Jacksonville, FL Associate Instructor

Jacksonville FL Survival InstructorRandy Owen is the Owner of Owen Forge, a blacksmith and bladesmith shop in Callahan, Florida. In 2012, he began practicing blacksmithing and bladesmithing, consuming any and all information he could find on the topic. Randy perfected his craft by reading hundreds of books and articles, watching hundreds of videos, consulting multiple master Smiths from around the world and, most importantly, putting in countless hours of dirt time. His shop, techniques and designs are always being elevated and innovated.  While starting small in a makeshift open air forge, Randy has grown his shop to now having a climate controlled and furnished workshop allowing him to comfortably teach classes and make best-in-class knives.

In addition to making knives, Randy consults with many survival schools and customers on knife designs and materials. He has taught knife making classes since 2016 to students across the U.S.

Randy is also also an avid outdoorsman and has trained with Joel Graves since 2015. His love for primitive skills and outdoor experience began as a child exploring Native American history and skills. He has completed Standard and advanced survival courses from Sigma 3 and practices many primitive skills in his day to day life including primitive hunting and trapping as well as brain tanning those same hides and pelts.

Randy has been a Florida EMT Paramedic since 2013 and has years of experience in emergency medical services. His other accomplishments include being a prior service Marine, ordained minister, short-term missionary to Africa, husband and father of three amazing kids.

Randy offers many different types of classes (see list below). Request a specific class or date today!

More Classes with Randy Owen:

1. Beginner Knife Making 2 Day
a. Shop Tour/Discussion
b. Shape Blank
c. Cut Bevel
d. Heat Treat
e. Handle Prep
f. Fit and Finish
g. Sharpen
2. Intermediate Knife Making 2 Day
a. Shop Tour/Discussion
b. Shape Blank
c. Handle Prep
d. Heat Treat
e. Cut Bevel
f. Fit and Finish
3. Survival Knife Making 1 Day
a. Tour/Discussion
b. Material Selection
c. Work Site Prep
d. Forge Blade
e. Heat Treat
f. Fit and Finish
g. Sharpen
4. Blade Forging 1 Day
a. Shop Tour/Discussion
b. Design
c. Material Selection
d. Shape Blank
e. Set Bevels
f. Refine 
g. Heat Treat
h. Finish 
5. Survival Blacksmithing 1 Day
a. Tour/Discussion
b. Material Selection
c. Work Site Prep
d. Forge Tools/Utensils
6. Beginner Blacksmithing 1 Day
a. Shop Tour/Discussion
b. Material Selection
c. Moving Metal
d. Curls, Hooks, Bends and Twists
i. Curled Shop Hook
ii. S Hook
iii. Blanket Pin
e. Punching
i. Wall Hook
f. Finishing and Coating
7. Intermediate Blacksmithing 1 Day
8. Brain Tanning 1 Day
a. Tour/Discussion
b. Killing and Dressing
c. Fleshing
d. Stretching
e. Dehairing 
f. Braining
g. Breaking
h. Smoking
9. Leather Craft: Pouch Sheath 1 Day
a. Shop Tour/Discussion
b. Drawing a Pattern
c. Cutting Leather
d. Prepare Stitching
e. Prepare Edges
f. Color and Coating
g. Gluing and Stitching
h. Trim and Finish Edges
i. Final Coating
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