Take Survival Training This Winter

CWSC 2024 Available Dates
"If you want Real applicable Survival Skills & No Survival TV Crap, Take this Course, it Might Save Your Life." — CWSC Graduate
Lighting a Fire at a Survival Camp Completed Survival Camp with a Parallel Fire

The Complete Wilderness Survival Course (CWS) is One-of-a-Kind, World Class, Professionally Taught Modern Winter Survival Course. This 5-day winter boreal survival course emphasizes extensive fire lighting and shelter building training. Knifecraft, proper survival tool use, dealing with the winter forest, useful winter forest resources, cooking fires and melting snow will be practiced and learnt. This is the survival course you need to gain solid confidence in modern wilderness survival techniques that can be used quickly anywhere in the Canadian wilderness.

"Practical, Effective, Hands-on Learning. Likely the best Outdoor Related Purchase I've Ever Made." — WFT Graduate
"Your Training has given me the Confidence to do a lot more in the Wilderness with a lot less. One of my long-time friends and back country partners paid me the ultimate complement the other year. He said that I am changed man in the backcountry and hell of a mountain man. This has a great deal to do with your ability to teach and the great course you put on and how it empowered me to think and do things differently in the Back Country."
CWSC Graduate (Writing about his experience a few years later)

This course gives you the chance to develop and practice winter survival skills to a high level, it has a relaxed hands-on learning atmosphere. It will allow you to take on challenges of the Canadian wilderness in winter over multiple days and nights. Participants will have the opportunity to build at least five winter survival shelters and sleep in three or four different shelters. Learn to use various survival tools including using and sharpening scandi-bladed Survival Knife. Firecraft practice will be extensive and emphasis will be lighting fire with natural tinder and a striker.

On day four we will then leave our base camp by foot to build a new walkabout camp and spend the night in different terrain with minimal equipment. In this new area, we will see the differences due to location and forest aspect makes to camp selection. Here we will ensure you can survive and thrive if stranded. To register for this course, you need to complete the two-day Online Survival Core Seminar and read Canadian Wilderness Survival before the course starts.

Field Training Skills Covered


  • Safely using a Survival Knife
  • Basic Knife Handling
  • Wood Splitting with a Survival Knife
  • Sharpening Board & Knife Sharpening

Building & Using Survival Tools

  • Build & Use a Baton
  • Build & Use Wooden Tools
  • Notches & Try Sticks
  • Useful Knots
  • Using a Bow Saw
  • Safe Falling of Deadfall Trees
  • Improvised Bindcrafting
  • Making Cordage
  • Building 15 Minute Snowshoes

Water Purification

  • Collecting and Melting Snow

Fire Lighting

  • Proper use of Lighter and Matches
  • Using Artificial and Natural Tinder
  • Finding Natural Fire Lighting Aids
  • Extensive Fire Lighting with a Striker
  • Standard and Survival Twig Bundles
  • Getting a Fire Started
  • No-Evergreen Fire Lighting

Fire Management

  • Keeping a Fire Burning
  • Selection of Proper Fire Wood
  • Overnight Fire Management Skills
  • Coal Management
  • Restarting a Fire

Shelter Building

  • Single & Double Super Shelters
  • Various Lean-to Shelters
  • Various Improvised Shelters
  • Building a 4-Finger Bough Bed
  • Building Wall & Roofs using Natural Material
  • Build various Survival Shelters

Signalling for Help

  • Signal Fire Twig Bundles
  • Building & Lighting a Signal Fire
  • Building Ground-to-Air Signals
  • Using a Signal Mirror
  • Using a Whistle for Signalling
  • Safe use of Flares
  • Using Modern Signalling Devices in the wilderness correctly

Winter Camping Skills

  • Packing for Hiking & Survival
  • Survival Camp Locations in the Boreal Forest
  • Safe Winter Travel
  • Safe Ice Crossing
  • Build a Walking Staff
  • Setting up a Guyline
  • Building Cooking Cranes
  • Cooking over a Fire
  • Cooking with a Wood Stove

The Winter Boreal Forest

  • Trees of the Winter Boreal Forest
  • Useful plants of the Winter Forest
  • Safe Winter Survival Camp Locations
  • Use and Identification of Aspect/Slope
  • Safe Travel through the Winter Forest
"Instructor is great, very good way to take the skills learned and apply them." — WFT Graduate

Complete Survival Course Fine Print

Group Melting Snow with a Cooking Fire Making 15-minute Improvised Showshoes
"Course was a Wonderful Learning Experience with Knowledgeable Instructors, which allowed lots of time to Actually Practice the Skills we were Learning." — CWSC Graduate