Course CodeBTR201
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Study Bush craft and Wilderness Activities  

  • Develop your ability to manage the needs of a group of people while in a wilderness area.
  • Enhance your bush craft skills.
  • Enroll anytime, study at your own pace.


There are 10 lessons as follows:
  1. Understanding Wilderness Areas
  2. Equipment
  3. Protection from the Elements
  4. Natural Resources
  5. Navigation
  6. Dealing with Emergencies
  7. Camping
  8. Passive Land Based Activities
  9. Water Based Adventure Activities
  10. Active Land Based Adventure Activities

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:

  • To appreciate the scope and implications of ecotourism opportunities in wilderness areas.
  • To be able to prepare for an excursion into a wilderness area
  • To determine appropriate methods of protecting against the elements.
  • To determine different uses for natural resources in the wilderness.
  • To be able to navigate in a wilderness area using a variety of different techniques.
  • To deal with a range of emergencies in a wilderness situation, including developing contingency plans and determining appropriate first aid.
  • Explain campsite establishment and management.
  • Determine appropriate procedures for managing different passive wilderness activities.
  • Determine appropriate procedures for managing different water based wilderness activities.
  • Determine appropriate procedures for managing different active wilderness activities.


Are You Prepared for the Wild?
Once you are in a wilderness area the opportunity to buy equipment does not exist. It is therefore crucial to the success and safety of any trip to be well prepared. Lots of research will need to be done prior to setting out to ensure that the correct type of equipment to suit the conditions is purchased. You also need to be able to identify the type of clothing and bedding that suits the environment in which you will be travelling (i.e. alpine, tropics, desert) and is appropriate for seasonal conditions (i.e. spring, summer, autumn and winter). It is essential to be able to identify the desirable characteristics of:
  • Footwear for single versus multiple day trips.
  • Ground pad and sleeping bag.
  • A shelter. 
  • A lightweight stove. 
  • Other miscellaneous equipment.
  • Small survival kits. 

There are a few basic principles involved in building a survival kit.
  • Always have one in you backpack and one in your pocket (in case you lose your backpack, i.e. whilst crossing water).
  • Ensure that contents are appropriate to the season (in winter you will need more fire starters than insect repellent).
  • Include a miniature survival guide that includes a section on edible plants if possible.

Minimum essential items for the survival kit should include:
  • High quality pocket knife with at least two cutting blades  
  • Pocket compass  
  • Strong needles – sail-maker’s, surgeon's, and darning  
  • Match safe (plastic or metal container) with waterproof matches  
  • Assorted fish hooks in appropriate containers  
  • Small hank of wire for making animal snares  
  • Needle nose pliers with side cutters  
  • Bar of soap containing physohex  
  • Small fire starter of pyrophoric metal  
  • Personal medicines, if appropriate  
  • Water purification tablets  
  • Band aids  
  • Insect repellent 
  • Chap-stick  
  • Whistle

Extra items that may be useful include: 
  • Pen gun and flares  
  • Coloured cloth for signalling  
  • Wire saw  
  • Sharpening stone  
  • Plastic water bottle  
  • Safety pins  
  • Travel razor  
  • Small mirror  
  • Flat file  
  • Aluminium foil 
What should be in an Individual medical kit?
  • Sterile gauze, compress bandage 
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Skin antiseptic 
  • Aspirin tablets  
  • Salt tablets 
Your best source of information for building an appropriate set of survival kits will come through research long before the trip starts, from a combination of good texts and quality survival instructors, and also from your previous experience of what items are important to your survival.

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