Average Rating: 5
May I say how absolutely wonderful this course was? I would not say that lightly. I was driving home thinking: (1) How happy it made me (2) How cleverly designed the course was and how much careful thought had gone into its structure (3) How vastly experienced all the instructors were (4) How dynamic and enthusiastic all the instructors were as teachers (5) How each “client” was treated with unfailing respect in every way. Many examples of the above could be cited, but perhaps suffice it to say a MASSIVE thank you to you and to all the instructors this weekend. Please would you forward this email to them? Without sounding cheesy, it was a privilege to come on this course and it was worth every penny. I will be recommending you very highly and hope to come on another course soon. Lots of breakfasts in bed and general treats for my wife in order to get an pass out for another weekend or even a week (Wayfarers?) asap!!
I attended this course because I was always quite interested in bushcraft and I'd seen a few things on TV. But of course, TV is TV so I still considered myself to have absolutely no knowledge on the subject. This course has completely changed that however. This is ideal for someone who has no knowledge and no idea where to start, but wants to learn about bushcraft. The lessons are great as most of them are hands on. The ones that aren't hands on are the things that are quite simple so you only really need an explanation and demonstration to get it right. You don't get to practice the traps and snares, which is unfortunate, but there are so many different traps and only a weekend to fit everything in, so it's an understandable sacrifice. The instructors are all lovely and many of them attend this course so if you're having any trouble there's always 1 or 2 on hand to help with anything. They all know extensively about their subjects and most of them are quite experienced in staying out in various climates, so have some great stories to tell. It's clear that this is about them wanting to teach these skills to keen people and not about money or business. There are a few downsides to the weekend, but they're more things to be aware of than things that would put you off: First, the "hands-on" approach spans very much to the food preparation (particularly the bird prep) the squeamish may have some difficulty, but it's made perfectly clear that you don't have to do any of it and can opt out at any time, with any activity. Second, there is a moderate level of fitness needed. You don't need to be that fit. I'm not very fit and I managed and enjoyed the weekend. But the fitness is something that should be kept in mind. It's only the shelter building and fire lighting by friction where it is advantageous to be moderately fit, however it's not like the instructors will just leave you to it if they see you struggling, I had 2 instructors help me with the physical side of the fire lighting. Third, Saturday is very intensive due to the amount of stuff they fit in during the day. I wouldn't have changed that though as everything we learned was important. Just toward the end of the day you'll most likely start to feel quite tired. But we did get a lovely breakfast of bacon and egg! And there's always surplus food at lunch and dinner so there's plenty to keep you going! Those are the only downsides I can think of but a good compromise considering everything you need to learn, the price and the amount of time in a weekend. Having said those downsides it is as laid back weekend as it can be, it's a very comfortable atmosphere for the whole weekend. You also get a really snazzy certificate at the end! That was the cherry on the cake for me! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about bushcraft and I'm definitely coming back to do more courses!
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