I started teaching bushcraft and wilderness skills in 1990 and set up my own company, Survival School, in 1997 and am the creator and writer of a range of accredited and approved qualifications in bushcraft, survival and wilderness living skills. These qualifications range from the Level 1 (for your people) up to Level 5 (for those wanting to go on and start their own schools). When I’m not out in the woods or preparing for courses I am often found in the North Maine Woods, Sweden or elsewhere in the world lighting fires and building shelters. My speciality is working in extreme conditions and I’ve spent time in the snowy wastelands of the arctic, the Sahara and the jungle. It doesn’t matter where I go, there is so much to learn. The range of different fire lighting techniques from different places alone is phenomenal. A quest for knowledge and intellectual curiosity drew to education and academia. I am currently studying for a MA with the University of Exeter in Experimental Archaeology under the guidance of Professor Linda Hurcombe and was lucky enough to learn how to flintknap from Professor Bruce Bradley. I live on a small farm in the South West of the United Kingdom, often experimenting replicating archaeological artefacts.
I have been running courses to train instructors for over 15 years with students coming from Australia, Africa, North America and Europe. Many have gone on to run their own schools very successfully. What I get the biggest buzz from is watching people achieve what they thought was impossible only minutes before. I’m full of admiration for all the people I have seen over the years and I’ve taught or presented to well over 20,000 people. There are some very promising youngsters coming through and with that in mind, I set up the Survival School Scholarship Scheme for people aged 18-24 to work their way through our qualifications. Now, with over 100 people completing the Instructors Course over the years, it is time to get the next generation moving.