- WSL1 - Edinburgh, IN
January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
This course is part 1 in the survival side of our SERE for the Civilian series. SERE stands for Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape and is a key training for many military personnel. Wilderness Survival Level 1 will focus on basic survival in a hostile environment. Why would a civilian want to learn about SERE? First, the principles learned has application in other aspects of life. The survival portions are beneficial if you are a camper, hiker, white water rafter, 4×4 explorer, etc. Even if you don’t get “lost in the woods”, understanding basic survival is a skill set many people can utilize around camp. For those who travel in potentially hostile countries, SERE skills may be a lifesaver. Americans have become a high value target, and the risk of kidnapping is very real.
As this is a foundational level course, you will not be actively hunted, you will not be captured, and you will not be interrogated. This course is a learning based course where you will gain skills necessary for the later skills application based courses.
Individuals who complete the full series will receive a custom made survival knife. There are 3 parts in the survival series, 2 parts in the navigation and movement series, and a culminating event. (6 parts total).
Wilderness Survival Level 1 will focus on:
- Principals of survival
- Maintaining Body Temperature
- Shelter Construction
- Fire Material Gathering
- Fire Starting and Maintaining
- Maintaining Security
- Maintaining Stealth
- Reducing Risk and Fear
- Small water bottle or canteen
- Water purification straw, filter, or tablets
- Survival Knife
- 50 feet of 550 paracord (dark colors preferred)
- Plastic Baggies
- Duct Tape
- Good hiking boots, insulate boots might be a good idea
- Warm Gloves
- Poncho / Tarp
- 2 Pair Socks, preferably wool
- Long sleeves and long pants
- Wool Blanket
- Snare Wire
- Flint and striker
- Waterproof Matches
- 9 Volt Battery
- 1 single Shotgun shell (caliber or type does not matter)
- Small Hatchet (Optional)
- 2 medium size carabiners (they do not need to be weight bearing)
- Clear safety glasses for the woods at night will keep you from getting a branch in the eye
- You might consider bringing a loud whistle in case of emergency. You know, in case bigfoot attacks you…or you get lost in the woods.
- Flashlight with red lens
- Food for the 2 days (dehydrated or MRE)
- ALL gear must fit in a smaller sized backpack that you can carry at ALL times.
- You may bring other items you desire as long as they fit in your bag, or strap to the sides.
- ABSOLUTELY NO TENTS
This is an overnight course. If you absolutely must leave on Saturday night you must make arrangements prior, and you should not expect to leave prior to 9pm.
Open to all individuals age 14+ as long as a parent attends
Venue: Nineveh, Indiana
We will be meeting at the Johnson County Park in Nineveh Indiana. (Some GPS systems will show it in Edinburgh.) We will be in the MAPLES Building which is located on the corner of 32nd Street and Harrison Road. Direction from the North: Coming down I-65 get off at the Edinburgh Exit 80 Head West on 252 Stay on 252 through town until you come to Hwy 31 Continue STRAIGHT through the stoplight. IMPORTANT NOTE: 252 turns and goes North. Once you go across 31 you will be on CR 800 South (also known as Hospital Road). Continue past the Golf Course on the North side of the road. Start slowing after you pass the golf course. You will see signs for Johnson County Park and Hoosier Horse Park. Turn Right (North) on CR 325 East (also known as Schoolhouse Road). Continue toward the middle of the park. The road you want to look for is 32nd street. Turn Left and follow it to the building on your left. Just North of the turn is a large cellular tower. This will let you know you went about 100 yards to far. Direction from the South Coming up I-65 get off at the Edinburgh Exit 76 Head North on Hwy 31. You will pass a CVS and Jaycee supermarket on your right after about 2 miles. Come to the next stoplight after you do. You will see signs for Camp Atterbury Turn Left (West) on CR 800 South (also known as Hospital road) Continue past the Golf Course on the North side of the road. Start slowing after you pass the golf course. You will see signs for Johnson County Park and Hoosier Horse Park. Turn Right (North) on CR 325 East (also known as Schoolhouse Road). Continue toward the middle of the park. The road you want to look for is 32nd street. Turn Left and follow it to the building on your left. Just North of the turn is a large cellular tower. This will let you know you went about 100 yards to far.