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Survival Guide - Learn the fundamental skills for survival

teacher avatar Connor Look, Tech Guide, Entrepreneur

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7 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Rule of Threes

    • 3. Setting up and starting a fire

    • 4. Collecting, filtering and purifying water for drinking

    • 5. Foraging for and preparing and cooking wild foods

    • 6. Getting the most out of your rations

    • 7. Rescue Signalling

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About This Class

Get the Ultimate Guide to surviving anywhere: SAS Survival Handbook by SAS legend John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman. 

Best emergency signal tool: Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) 

Flint and steel: Light My Fire Scout Fire Steel for 3.000 Ignitions


King of Random water purification video: DIY: Make Swamp Water Drinkable 

Step-By-Step Guide to Sprouting Beans at Home by 

Extended food preservation article: Food Preservation Methods and Guidance 

Further rescue signalling: How to signal for help using a survival whistle and 11 Ways to Signal for Help 


Welcome to my course, I’m going to be teaching you survival skills.

By the end of this course you will know the basics of:
1. Rule of Threes - What it takes to survive
2. Setting up and starting a fire
3. Collecting, filtering and purifying water for drinking
4. Foraging for and preparing and cooking wild foods
5. Getting the most out of your rations
6. Rescue signalling

Whether you’re confined to a particular geographical location, or you’re out in the wild, this
course will help you to utilise your surroundings and keep yourself, and those around you, alive
and well.

So let’s begin!





The survival techniques described in this course are for use in dire circumstances where the safety of individuals is at risk. Accordingly the publishers cannot accept any responsibility for any prosecutions or proceedings brought or instituted against any person or body as a result of the use or misuse of any techniques described or any loss, injury or damaged caused thereby. 

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Connor Look

Tech Guide, Entrepreneur


Hello, I'm Connor.

I am a tech enthusiast, problem-solver and entrepreneur.

I taught myself to code after getting a taster for it in secondary school; I then went on to take Computer Science and IT for GCSE. 

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1. Introduction: welcome to my course only teach you the basics of survival. By the end of this course, you know the basics off rule of freeze what it takes to survive, setting up and starting a fire, collecting, filtering and purifying water for drinking, foraging for and preparing and cooking world foods. Getting the most out of your rations and rescue signaling whether you're out in the wilderness or confined to a specific geographical location. These skills will help you to keep itself and those around you alive, so let's get started. 2. Rule of Threes: in survival. The role of freeze involves the priorities. In order to survive the rule of freeze states, humans can survive free weeks without food, three days without water, free hours without shelter and free minutes without oxygen. This means that after oxygen which in an outdoor space is in great abundance, shelter is our first priority. A shelter is a place given temporary protection from bad weather or danger, such as a cave. Water is that our next priority as a body requires it to function. Your body loses water for a breathing, sweating on digestion. Then, lastly, is food, which we could survive three weeks without, although our bodies will become weakened and function differently after a few days to conserve energy. 3. Setting up and starting a fire: fire is essential for keeping warm and dry, providing light and preparing food and water for consumption. When finding woods and other flammable materials to burn, you want to make sure that they are dry so they will catch a light easily. When building the fire, start off with small twigs and sticks. Then, after you've got the fire going at slightly bigger piece of woods on top to keep it going while setting up the fire, you want to make sure that you removed dry leaves and sticks from the area to prevent the fire from spreading and find an area that is sheltered from the wind to give yourself the best odds of getting the fire going. Put highly flammable material, such as cost on war bulls at the center of the fire, building up around it with a few small sticks to keep the flame going, where you add more wood on top. An alternative to got on booze there would be found in the wild would be dry moss or bark. If you plan on going on a trip where a fire may be required, it is recommended that you take with you a lighter or matches as a means of starting a fire . Other means include flint and steel, where you create sparks to catch light to the highly combustible material, which you will have already prepared to use the flint and steel. You place the flint facing towards the court of war balls, which you can tear up as to get softest, most flammable part exposed. Then strike the flint away from you with the steal. With some practice, you can have sparks being produced from every strike. It may help to place the flint inside the cause and bull to keep it steady. 4. Collecting, filtering and purifying water for drinking: water takes the path of least resistance, so it will naturally be found. A below lowest area, such as the base of a valley, greenery and plants around, means the water is safe as they are living off of it. If there are animal bones and no plant life around the body of water, it is likely polluted and not safe to drink. Water could be collected from rivers and lakes, although this most times will require filtering and purification before drinking. Rainwater can also be collected by placing a clean, empty container outdoors, especially in places such as the UK, where there is high precipitation. Placing a screen of some kind, such as a clean piece of cloth or mesh over the container, would be recommended to prevent dirt living organisms from entering the water. An improvised water filter could be made using a funneled container, such as a cut open plastic water bottle, and layering it with different size sediments as to remove any solids from the water. When it's to run through the filter, place the larger funneled end into the base to use as a catchment area, take some charcoal from a dormant fire and crush it down into fine powder. The fine of the powder, the more effective it filters the water. Firstly, place a piece of fine cloth or kitchen roll at the bottom of the water bottle to stop the filter materials from falling through. Then we're going to add the materials. Finest courses, starting with charcoal powder a few inches deep, followed by fine sand packing as much in as we can fit, then topping off with small pebbles to protect the system from the water that is splashing in. If you can leave the water to sit out for a few hours after collecting it toe, allow gravity to naturally filter it. Next, pour this water through the filter and allow it to run for 45 minutes. Toe. Allow most of the water to make its way through. You now have filtered water. Purifying water can be done by treating it with chlorine water purification tablets almost simply by boiling the water. If you have access to a house appliance such as a microwave or hab, that would be ideal. But in a survival situation, this could be done over an open fire. After a few minutes of boiling water, it is enough to kill anything in the water that could hurt you. Grant Thompson, from the king of random. Did a really good video on this called D I Y make swamp water drinkable. Highly recommend you check out Link will be in the description. 5. Foraging for and preparing and cooking wild foods: nettles World garlic and dandelion are some of the most common and well known plants in the UK countryside, so I'm gonna be using them. You Nettles, commonly known as stinging nettles, have many hollow, stinging hairs called Try combs on the leaves and stems, which act like hyper dynamic needles, injecting histamine, serotonin and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation. Upon contact. They have soft green leaves on a wiry green stem. The leaves have a strongly serrated margin. When harvesting, it is recommended to use gloves and scissors as not to get stung before cooking. Make sure that stiff stems are removed. Stinging nettle Consob Stitch toot for spinach in any cooked a recipe as they lose their sting when bald for a couple minutes, known as blanching once cooked to remove the stinging has the whole plant is edible. Nettles contain vitamins A, C and K, as well as several B vitamins. Minerals include calcium on magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium found in woodlands and hedgerows. World garlic have long pointed on oval shaped leaves on a strong garlic. Sent its leaves can be eaten raw in salads, blanched and used in place of spinach or made into a delicious soup and pastor. They have a mild garlic flavor and are at their best before the flowers appear. The flowers are also edible and could be added raw to salads. Wild garlic contains vitamins, a C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper minerals. Dander lines are edible in her entirety. They have yellow flower heads and green leaves that a jagged in appearance. The leaves of the plant are considered to be very nutritious and could be eaten as a salad or fresh vegetable. The leaves are used like lettuce boiled, made into soup or fried. The greens contain vitamins, A, C E, K, B six, beta carotene and other minerals. 6. Getting the most out of your rations: best before dates are placed. There's a guideline for when shops can no longer sell a product due to reduction in quality . However, food items often still safe to eat for many weeks subsequently, as packaging suggests you should keep your items of food in court. Dry places to give them the longest shelf life. Fridges will keep their contents cold for up to four hours after a power outage, whereas a full freezer will keep its contents cold for up to 48 hours and 24 hours. If heart full after this time, the effectiveness of preserving the food will decline. Store fresh fruits and vegetables Imbrie verbal produce bags so they able to absorb moisture and air when kept in sealed bags, fruits and vegetables breakdown foster dried food such as pastors and rice. Last the longest of your main meal options. Most expiration dates on foods in cans range from 1 to 4 years, but keep the food in a core dark place on the cans UNDATED. And in good condition, and you can likely safely double that shelf life from free Up to six years sprouted beans over a nutritious and often easier to digest than their dry counterpart among beans and lentils are the easiest and fastest to sprout. Alfalfa chickpeas on Dukie beans are also good for beginners but need a little more time. They could be grown by placing on watering the sprouted beans in the shade until the roots grow long. I'll provide step by step guide to sprouting beans at home by food and wine dot com In the description. Coffee filters, paper towels and linen dish cloths make viable cheesecloth substitutes. Food preservation is important for free reasons. One. To minimize pathogenic bacteria. Food in long term storage is at serious risk of spoilage due to bacteria such as E. Coli, salmonella and other pathogens. Bacteria only need warmth, moisture and time to multiply rapidly in food. But food preservation inhibits one or more of these conditions and stops their growth to to keep the food at its best. Quality food deteriorates over time due to spoilage. In many cases, mild spoilage doesn't make food unsafe to eat, but it's significantly effects its taste, texture and appearance. Proper food preservation can help retain some of these qualities, as well as the nutritional value of certain foods. Free to save money waste is costly both at home and in a commercial setting. Ideally, you should avoid by more than you can use. But various preservation methods, if done safely, can help you keep vegetables, fruits, meat, etcetera well past the usual expiration, so there's no need to bend them. Methods of preservation include sorting where water is drawn out of the food, preventing bacteria from growing and spoiling it. The food is surrounded in sort and left in a cool, dry place. Food drawing is a method of food preservation, in which food is dried, dehydrated or desiccated. Drying inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeasts and mold through the removal of water. Pickling is a method of storing food that involves placing the food into a sterile storage jar. I'm marinating it in a bribe solution to produce lactic acid or a vinegar solution. Ascetic acid. This process, called anaerobic fermentation, kills bacteria in parts for sour taste to the preserved food 7. Rescue Signalling: to signal for help in an emergency. Free flashes from a torch or free loud blows from whistle, each lasting approximately free seconds. Each signals distress. S. O. S is another internationally recognized call for help. This could be done using a whistle or torch to signal s arrests in Morse code with free dots, free dashes and free More dots translating Morse code to your survival whistle. The dots translate to short sharp bursts. Approximately one second long on the dash is toe longer bursts approximately free seconds long ground to air signaling could be done by mark in the ground with S O. S, which could be done by breaking and bending over crops or tall grass in filled or trampled down into snow or sandy soil. It can also be made with large sticks, logs, stones or any other available material that we visible to an aircraft passing overhead. You should only use this signal in emergency and ensure that the letters are at least one meter wide to ensure maximum visibility. Cell phones are an extremely valuable tool in an emergency situation. Your call for help Kerry made to the exact right people on vast amounts of information can be conveyed in areas with the weakest signal. Try sending out a text message as the mess transmissions require only a moment of weak connectivity to a nearby tower. So make sure you keep your mobile device is sufficiently charged when going out into the wilderness. If you'll be spending time in an area without cell service, consider buying or renting a satellite phone, which will allow you to make a call from anywhere on earth. APS such as Grid point G. B. Allow you to get your GPS coordinates. Andi exact location within seconds, which will help you navigate. And we found by emergency assistance much faster personal locator beacons or pl bees. Arturs specifically designed with the purpose of locating opposition and calling for help in an emergency situation. So they are one of the best emergency signal methods that you could have on a widely available and affordable. I'll provide a link toe one on Amazon in the description of this course