A great way of learning wilderness skills is by taking a survival or bushcraft course. Here are a number of good-quality survival and bushcraft schools that I have personal experience with.
Some good schools
Founder René Nauta has been practicing survival, bushcraft and tracking since he was a little boy. He has been trained by the famous British survival expert Ray Mears and wrote the first Dutch bushcraft handbook. I learned my survival and bushcraft basics at this Dutch school.
This Dutch survival and trekking school was founded by former marine Dennis van Dokkum in 2010. Courses include navigation in the British hills, survival and canoeing in Sweden and parent-child survival weekends in The Netherlands. I have assisted Dennis on a number of courses in Sweden and Norway.
Johan Forsberg started his school in 2006 in Sweden. Besides being a real friendly guy, Johan knows a lot about survival, including techniques especially useful in the nordics.
This was the Canadian school of famous survival instructor Mors Kochanski. Quite some survival and bushcraft techniques described on this blog were inspired by his writings and teachings. Unfortunately Mors passed away in 2019 but a number of new instructors have taken over.
These are some wilderness skill courses I have taken over the years:
|Wilderness First Aid||Fylgjur||Zuid-Holland, Netherlands||2014|
|Bushcraft training||Nordic Bushcraft||Jöngköping, Sweden||2010|
|Winter survival course||Karamat Wilderness Ways||Alberta, Canada||2009|
|Animal tracks||Extra Survival||Drenthe, Netherlands||2005|
|Edible plants||Cap Bohan||Ardennes, Belgium||2003|
|Advanced survival course||Extra Survival||West-Yorkshire, UK||2003|
|Follow-up survival course||Extra Survival||Drenthe, Netherlands||2002|
|Basic survival course||Extra Survival||Drenthe, Netherlands||2001|
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