West Coast Survival Class – Quadra

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West Coast Survival Class – Quadra

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Quadra Island Kayaks is excited to host Sasquatch Survival BC for a class on West Coast Wilderness skills. 

Whether you are a dog walker, mountain biker, day hiker or weekend adventurer this class will help you gain knowledge and skills to handle most survival situations. Together you will build confidence and learn fundamental wilderness skills in the field with Survivalist Chris. With over 30 years of practical survival training in many different terrains and wildernesses, Chris will help you learn to think outside the box and be prepared for all types of adventures. This practical and empowering knowledge is useful for all backcountry users. 

Beyond the idea of a survival class this is also an amazing opportunity to reconnect yourself with nature and the outdoors. 

Why reconnect with nature?

Direct experience with nature is primary learning. Humans share many traits with animals, such as bone-structures, sensory perceptions, and footprints that mirror every hairy mammal on the earth. We have become who we are by living outdoors for hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of years. Just as a baby begins to breathe simply by being in a world of oxygen and letting its body respond, so do our bodies and brains have millions of built in neurological connections with the environment, waiting to be activated. Growing into and remaining as healthy and fully functional human animals requires ample time interacting with wild nature, time to play, be curious, be open-eyed and alive, and discover how we fit in, how we are connected with our biological world.*

-*quote from,Coyote’s guide to connecting with nature.

Course Brief 

 10am – 4pm  (*meeting place will be organized once you register, self driven)

  • Trip planning, packing and preparedness discussion. Chris will go through his kit and share advice. 
  • General risk assessment 
  • Survival Priorities
  • Safety Techniques when handling  knives, axe, saw, shovel,fire.
  • Location selection 
  • Basic shelter construction, how to use natural resources with a low or no impact. Being resourceful. *great time to test survival  items from your kits in the field
  • Fire starting practice ( only in winter/shoulder seasons)
  • Group discussion on feeling comfortable in the wild, how being prepared will help.
  • Bush walk to forage, track and explore 


Included in the price/ takeaways

 training from an experienced survival / naturalist instructor with over 30 years practical experience. 

Group gear and tools required to run lessons

A comprehensive understanding on how to feel comfortable in the wilderness

Coffee, tea and light snacks – water to top up water bottles.

What to bring

  • Lunch and a water bottle 
  • Clothing for the weather forecasted, rain gear if necessary etc. This class will run rain, shine or snow! 
  • Appropriate footwear, hiking boots or shoes, waterproof if necessary. Ideally non slip closed toe and comfortable to be worn for the entirety of the class. 
  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection 
  • Backpack and small survival kit if you have one and would like to share. We will be showing what his kit will include and give tips. He would also love to see what you bring as everyone will have a different take on this. 
  • Notebook and pen 
  • Personal items such as allergy or other meds, suncream, insect repellent, etc. 

**small class disclaimer, Chris will say he is by no means an expert, we all have more to learn from every situation we are put in together. This course is about approaching situations prepared and capable, using forward thinking and out of the box thinking. Each lesson may differ based on group knowledge base lines, weather and seasonality.


February 17
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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