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“John was an outstanding instructor: knowledgeable, personable and excellent instructional skills. A very effective instructor.” -Colonel Kim H., USAF, Ret.
“Both instructors were incredibly respectful, clear, helpful and engaging. They were professional in the way they taught and spoke, yet allowed their humor and personality to make the class all the more enjoyable.” -Raelene W.
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We offer public and private survival and medical training programs at our facilities in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Sonoran Desert. Expect to be fully immersed in a wilderness environment, learning and applying the skills outlined below.
The Wilderness First Responder Refresher Scenarios include day and night operations, detailed debriefs and on-site camping. WFRs from any program are invited to attend to keep their skills sharp between recerts.
Corporate Survival training teaches wilderness survival lessons to individuals and groups, and then relates that training to the corporate environment, delivering leadership, retention, team building, productivity and motivation.
Do you have a specific time frame or course to discuss? We can make that work. Even if it’s a 1 day program for a family, school, SAR Team or C.E.R.T., we will make you safer and more resilient with whatever time you can invest.
“The course was even better than expected. Very clear instruction, fun activities, excited and engaging instructor.” -Nic A.
“Inclusive and comfortable even for an inexperienced outdoorsperson.”
-Professor Ryan S.
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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Search and Rescue Technology, Operations and Procedures (SARTOP)
1-Day Entry Level First Aid
ABOUT OUR APPROACH TO TRAINING
This is the didactic part of our training where we present wilderness emergency case studies highlighting leadership decisions that saved or failed the affected parties. We discuss the leadership situation and implications of decisions which were made, and what could have been done. Then we teach participants the applicable wilderness skills that would have benefited the group in the case study. All of our educational material is peer reviewed and curated from the finest sources, deliberately selected and presented to your team with specific end goals in mind.
Time is set aside during each part of the program for the practice of specific skills. This is the really fun part! Students break up into small groups to work on the chosen skill (i.e. Water, Fire, Shelter, Navigation) until everyone feels confident and comfortable. A lot of peer-to-peer learning goes on, and the instructors are always rotating among the participants to offer insights, tips, and encouragement. We believe in hands-on training and trying different ways to succeed.
One thing that sets our programs apart is immersing participants in true-to-life scenarios which are designed to drive experiential learning. For example, we grow disability and impairment awareness by limiting each participant’s senses in a safe and demonstrative way, and then we ask the team to accomplish a task using skills which were taught to them in the classroom earlier. Successfully navigating across a ravine and up a mountain with teammates who are visually, verbally and audibly impaired requires changing how participants communicate and work together. This drives growth in communication, planning, resilience and leadership skills.
Clear communication is an essential leadership tool, and good leaders know how to communicate in many different ways. We use a respectful, straightforward technique to debrief hands-on learning and scenarios. We facilitate and encourage an environment of open, respectful and genuine discourse. Debriefing as a team allows each individual and small group to gain insight about what other groups learned during the evolution. It also drives accountability. About Our Leadership Development Program Corporate Survival training is a fun and hands-on way to increase employee engagement and productivity, while developing and retaining leaders with increased foresight and adaptability. We produce and develop leaders who possess an increased desire to learn and apply new skills, while still understanding the importance of their primary function and its organizational impact.
There are more than 20 wilderness based television and streaming programs today because people are interested in the subject of wilderness experiences and survival. Many of your employees spend their time away from work in (or thinking about) wilderness settings and that’s why they will love our approach to leadership, communication and disability awareness training.
Physical & Mental Health Benefits
According to Stanford University, your employees will feel better and be healthier when they are on site for Corporate Survival. We provide down time for visiting the nearby hot springs, going for a hike on our secluded 40 acre wilderness property, forest bathing and Milky Way stargazing.
Citation Cafasso, S. (2021, May 10). Stanford Researchers Map How People in Cities Get a Health Boost From Nature. Stanford News. https://news.stanford.edu/2021/05/10/health-boost-nature/
Participants are forced into situations where they must communicate to advance, and the fate of their teammates rests upon their ability to do so under difficult circumstances. Your employees will learn to communicate and accomplish tasks with limited senses, abilities and resources, and then we will facilitate respectful discussions about performance during after-action debriefs.
Better Problem Solving
Mission accomplishment is the goal - Water, Fire, Shelter and Navigation are the challenges. After classroom training and demonstrative examples of multiple (improvised) techniques, participants will be allowed to practice their new skills in a safe sandbox environment. Then we will step things up by eliminating one of the participant’s senses as we move into the scenario.
Impairment & Disability Awareness
Everyone will lose access to their ability to speak, hear or see in a safe and simulated way until a specific scenario component of the training is completed. Small groups of variant disabilities will have to work together to build natural water filters, fires and shelters, and then they will follow a heading on a compass as a unit for a specified distance where they will reach a team reward.
More Recruiting Referrals
When your employees learn how to start fires without matches or a lighter in multiple improvised ways, and when they learn how to navigate by the sun, moon and stars, they’re going to want to show off their new skills. When family and friends see these interesting skills that are applicable to their personal lives, they will ask where they learned these things and you will be mentioned.
This will be very positive publicity for your company, and it will help differentiate your total rewards approach to employee engagement and development during a time of high churn across organizations. Referrals carry a very low time and cost to hire, comparatively, saving you time and money while concurrently filling open positions and spreading positive messaging.
Retention & Succession Planning
Employees love this because it matches what many of them will be watching on television or physically doing when they are NOT at work. Employees will learn how mandatory training that was boring is now fun and valuable, and this will inspire increased faith in the organization. It will also send messages of alignment to employees when they see that the company also supports wilderness based experiences, which develops trust and feelings of association and belonging.
Increased Employee Resilience
Participants will learn that they can accomplish more than they once thought possible by learning new skills and new ways to think about and do things they were already proficient in. Learning new skills and solving problems related to survival will inspire a can-do attitude where employees think about how to improvise a set of solutions instead of passing off a problem. The survival mindset - the will to identify and accomplish primary and supporting tasks associated with success and development - is essential to personal and professional growth, and it directly applies to the corporate manager and leader across industries, just as it applied to our ancestors who went from living in caves, to living in cities, to living in outer space with historical enemies.
Each participant will work individually, and on smaller and larger teams. When people rotate through different support environments they are able to observe how their teammates respond to different opportunities and problems. This will help them understand how EQ relates to team dynamics, and how to best harness individual strengths in order to drive team accomplishment.
We approach each of our training modules with the goal of setting the participants up to win. Wins build confidence and inspire leadership. When participants work through the academic, practice, scenario and communications components of our training modules, they will have been exposed to multiple perspectives related to how to approach unexpected challenges.
Perspective, opportunity and action drive leadership, and we give the participants multiple opportunities to learn about, apply and debrief new strategies and tactics in a safe, real time environment. Our program is sticky and inspiring and will impact your employees’ personal and professional lives positively, helping your organization to continue to survive and thrive.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does the training flow?
We start in the classroom with a wilderness leadership case study. After some guided analysis and discussion we will teach, learn and practice an applicable wilderness skill (i.e. water purification, shelter building, fire starting, navigation). Then we will have an individual and group practice session, followed by a team-based Scenario and detailed after-action debrief. Then lunch. Then we repeat the process with a new case study and a new skill. Then we break for the evening and repeat the process the following day. Participants are free from 1600 - 0900.
Will you come to our location?
Absolutely. We will conduct the training at your location, at one of your predetermined off site locations or we will work with appropriate parties to secure permits to use local public lands.
What is the U.S. School of Survival training location like?
It is a remote and beautiful 40 acre glamping-style training facility. The site is covered in trees and wild animals, and is accessed by dirt roads.
Are we outside the whole time?
No. We will work inside and outside of field tents.
Where will I sleep at night?
Feel free to build or bring your own camping setup, or use one of our glamping tents. We also have extra sleeping bags, folding tables and chairs to make your campsite more comfortable.
How do meals work?
We can provide a meal plan at an extra cost for breakfast, lunch and / or dinner. Sometimes participants want everything provided for them and sometimes they want to cook or go out.
How do restrooms work?
We have a bathhouse with flushing toilets and a high pressure / hot water shower. We also have outhouse style field latrines with hand washing stations for the adventurous participants.
Is there cell or internet service on site?
Yse, all major carriers will have cellular service on site and we have an internet hotspot that we can loan out or stand up as necessary for participants to use when class is not in session.
What are the roads like? The roads to the site are improved dirt roads. If participants do not have a high clearance vehicle they may park at a close staging area and we can shuttle them the remaining distance.
Will I see the Milky Way when I camp out on site?
Yes! If it is a clear night, which it usually is, you will be able to see all sorts of interesting things.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
When can we make this happen?
Please contact email@example.com to discuss specific dates
How long is the course?
2 days with extended afternoon and evening breaks for reflective analysis
We will also design and provide customized programs 1 - 90 days
What are the course hours?
Multi-day programs run from 0900 - 1200 and then from 1300 to 1600
We can also accommodate any scheduling preferences and expectations
How many people can attend?
Minimum of 3 participants per course
Maximum of 30 participants per course
Are any of the proceeds donated to charity?
A percentage of all sales will be donated to Capable Americans Responding Everywhere, which is our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
The mission of Capable Americans Responding Everywhere (C.A.R.E.) is to expeditiously provide life-saving and life-sustaining training, humanitarian assistance and disaster response in support of individuals and communities in need
Please visit our website for more information: https://us-sos.com/care-nonprofit
■ Wilderness Safety Issues
■ Environmental Emergencies
■ Immediate Response & Assessment Techniques
■ Basic Signaling
■ Advanced Signaling
■ Critical Knots & Applications
■ Improvised Clothing
■ Improvised Fire Starting
■ Improvised Shelter Building
■ Improvised Water Purification
■ Improvised Tools
■ Bushcraft Projects
■ Improvised Day Navigation Techniques
■ Improvised Night Navigation Techniques
■ Land Navigation Course
■ Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
■ Animal Tracking & Identification
■ Trapping and Hunting Techniques
■ Working Without Sight/Speech/Hearing
■ Evacuation Considerations
■ Evacuation Techniques
■ Survival Equipment Planning
■ Advanced Improvisation Techniques
■ Leadership Development is Continuous
This course is a peer reviewed and M.D. led Sonoran Desert educational experience for other Doctors and professional practitioners. The training brings current and relevant case studies into the aperture for deep dive analysis and discussion, and then presents a variety of skills-based alternatives to the realities which led to the specific emergencies of focus. These skills include:
We offer customized programs for any family or group, which focus on wilderness-based outdoor education, through the delivery of training from our Field Manual. The programs can occur at your site or ours, or on public land.
These adventures are bespoke selections of training modules from our survival and emergency medical programs, and we can plan to include whatever specifically interests the members of your group. Please read our Field Manual to make selections.
Children 16 and older can participate in a wilderness training program with parental consent on a waiver, and we can create thoughtful and customized programs for beginners or people who operate at the expert level.
Register online, send us a message or give us a call and we will have a conversation about your goals and expectations. Then we will customize our program for you specifically and follow up with a detailed proposal covering all aspects of your upcoming onsite experience. If everything looks good, an invoice will follow which can be paid in a variety of ways to secure your dates. We're looking forward to speaking with you!
The knowledge, skills and abilities that you take away from our survival training programs will not only serve you for your entire life, but they will also serve your families, neighbors, teammates and friends. We aggregate our fresh and sticky information from diverse, current, peer-reviewed sources using a comprehensive and deliberately designed model.
■ COVID19 and Infectious Disease Control
■ Body Substance Isolation
■ Medical Safety Issues
■ Patient Assessment
■ Life Saving in the First Five Minutes
■ Lifting & Moving Yourself
■ Lifting & Moving Your Patient
■ Sprains, Strains and Fractures
■ Improvised Splinting and Bandaging Techniques
■ Improvised Litter Building and Carry Outs
■ Medical Evacuation Considerations
■ Medical Evacuation Techniques
■ Altitude Illness
■ Frostbite and Hypothermia
■ Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
■ Soft Tissue Injuries
■ Bleeding Control
■ Infection Prevention and Treatment
■ Improvised Tourniquet
■ Impaled Objects & Amputations
■ Burns and Blister Treatment
■ Improvised Asthma Treatment (no inhaler available)
■ Diabetic Emergencies
■ Mental Health Awareness
■ Mental Health Response Techniques
■ Animal Bites & Stings
■ Essential First Aid Kit
It's a lot of fun and a fully immersive learning experience! It was actually requested by popular demand from past students who enjoyed their first round of Wilderness First Responder training with us and wanted more. After you register we will send you a form with some questions to return along with a waiver.
We will look forward to seeing you Saturday morning at or before 0900, when the program begins. We will introduce ourselves and walk the site so we understand where everything is located, and we will have a quick break before our first scenario. After each scenario, we will conduct a thorough after action debrief as a team.
These conversations will help us to identify in real time what each participant can use a little more help with. Expect these topics to be folded into future scenarios and covered in detail from the anatomy and physiology to the mechanism of injury to short and long term treatment and associated evacuation considerations.
All of our Wilderness Survival and Emergency Medical Instructors have designed and delivered more than 100 Scenarios per year, for multiple years running, to top level teams, organizations and individuals. They also maintain certifications at or above Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.
When we worked with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Instructor who trains the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen on leadership in 2021, he loved one of our wilderness training methodologies so much that he asked to video record it and share it across organizations. We were happy to help!
Expect to see anything you learned, or should have learned, in your Wilderness First Responder course and much more. For example, everyone will participate in live hemostatic agent training using pork, a fountain pump and tubing which matches your femoral artery.
Sign up online, or send us a message with any questions or specific requests. Everyone is welcome who has taken the Wilderness First Responder course, and some of our Instructors have backgrounds at organizations like National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
In Colorado, we are on a remote 40 acre property accessed by dirt roads, skis, snowshoes, ATV, etc. as necessary and appropriate. Expect to work in rocky, deep washes, and on tall tree covered hill tops. We will focus on using the resources found in Northern New Mexico, Southern Colorado and also throughout the world to our advantage, while applying improvised techniques to ensure the ability to survive and travel safely to rescue, or to bring rescue to us if we are not mobile because of an injury or other circumstances.
Expect to train with Pinyon Pine and Juniper in addition to Sage, Yucca, Mountain Ball and Prickly Pear Cactus, Rabbitbrush and other local plants to make food, fire, shelter medicine and other advantageous use of what is locally available. You will learn to build multiple types of shelters, and how to be comfortable where others have perished. The gear list outlines the items you will have access to, in addition to equipment and resources provided to you during the training to ensure safety and a high level of exposure to options.
Absolutely. We will also meet teams at off-site and company retreat locations. We are willing to travel anywhere to support your needs.
If we have enough lead time, we can also secure permits to conduct training on public wilderness land near your location through the U.S. Forest Service.
We have glamping and panel wall tents with stove jacks and wood burning stoves for cold weather courses, along with propane heaters as backups. We also have a variety of lighter tents for warm weather courses.
You are invited to bring your own wilderness sleeping equipment for personal use or you can use what we have here. If you are a hardcore motivator and want to spend the entire course in an improvised shelter- great!
Depending on your wilderness experience and goals, you will probably begin the course in one of the tents. Then, as your skills develop, you will safely move into and stay in a shelter that you design and build yourself.
Three delicious, healthy and satisfying hot meals, a variety of beverages and healthy snacks will be available to you each day. The meal plan is included in your private survival training purchase price and we will speak with you to understand specific dietary preferences and restrictions. Meals can be added to all other programs.
All of the survival and medical training you receive is curated from life and the finest peer-reviewed sources, and it is deliberately presented to you in a way that is easy to understand. Our training methodologies are hands-on and fun, and we guarantee that everything we present is factual and accurate. You can read about where we have taught and managed risk in the section below, and references are always available.
“John was an outstanding instructor: knowledgeable, personable and excellent instructional skills. A very effective instructor.”
-Colonel Kim H.
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-Dr. Tim B.
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-Professor Ryan S.
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