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SURVIVAL COURSES

Be Prepared for Any Situation

At the Great Ape Empire, we provide high-quality wilderness equipment to our customers, but having good equipment is not always enough. You also need the knowledge and skills in how to use those tools. You need to learn how to survive even if you don’t have those tools, what if you lose them in the woods when travelling between locations? Learning to have backups (2 is 1) and how to make primitive replacement tools is vital to survival. That’s where our partnership with Dr. Teimojin Tan of Survival Doctors comes in. Dr. Tan is a Veteran of the Canadian Forces, a Doctor and a Survivalist. He was a finalist on the History Channel’s show “Alone” season 9. Together we have developed and taught realistic and challenging Basic Survival and Preparedness courses that have left our clients feeling confident and capable to go out on their own adventures with the basic skills needed to survive if the need arises and make it home safe.

What can you expect?

The Great Ape Empire is a Canadian Forces Veteran owned company based out of Wiarton, ON. Check out the full website for more details on our staff and what we stand for. We may look hardened and stern; however, we can assure you that our staff are courteous, passionate, some handsome, and all have a sense of humour. One thing is certain, our training has kept us alive through various missions and situations, and so we take it very seriously. We are military – we respect timings. Please keep this in mind throughout our training day as we need to keep on track in order to provide you the best training possible. Once the training day is completed, we will have plenty of time to unwind, share stories around the campfire and go for a refreshing Fall swim.

Candidates will be sleeping in canvass hunting tents furnished with military cots for the classroom portion of training. We will then transition into a more austere training environment (forest) where candidates will build and live in their own shelters.

“An Army marches on its stomach” – Napoleon. This idea is carried over into our course. Our students are well fed! In fact, we’ve received a great deal of positive reviews for our delicious dishes. Why do we focus on food? Well, Napoleon said it best and we can attest that a well fed and rested candidate learns more, retains more, performs better and has more fun. The training day will start at 8am (0800hrs) and end at 9pm (2100hrs). This requires a lot of focus and energy – we will keep you fed so that you can remain focused on learning. With great food, comes great chores. Candidates will be responsible for their own dishes but we will provide soap and water, ‘cause we are good people like that… we just don’t do other peoples dishes.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Please contact us at survivalcourse@greatapeempire.com for more details and with ALL questions or concerns. We will get back to you ASAP. We are easy to talk to and will help you navigate your way to us. We will make sure you arrive prepared and ready to learn!

LEARNING MODULES

  • Leadership: Taking charge of the situation to survive.
  • Mindfulness: Taking control of yourself to survive. This includes learning how to control your heartbeat, breath, and mind so that you can think clearly.
  • Preparation and Planning: Master this, and you will get through just about anything.
  • Equipment Selection and Kit Packing: Tools that save lives and how to maintain, secure, and waterproof the gear you need.
  • Survival Priorities: Effective use of tools – focus on safety.
  • Theory and Practical Fire Starting: Learn to successfully start a fire using Fire–Fast/GAE–branded fire starters and other techniques.
  • Theory and Practical Shelter Building: Learn hasty and long-term shelter-building skills.
  • Theory and Practical Water Purification: Processing water using multiple techniques to ensure clean water.
  • Practical Knots: Learn a hand-picked selection of knots that will work in multiple applications.
  • Map and Compass/Navigation: Have you ever been lost? Not anymore. Learn how to situate yourself and find your way out.
  • Primitive Hunting, Trapping and Fishing: Knowing where to look is over half the solution. Learn to march on your stomach!
  • Food Processing: Process rabbits, chicken, fish and larger game (Subject to availability)
  • Foraging: Learn about, search for and find local in-season medicinal, utilitarian and edible plants. You’ll also learn about what to avoid (if you don’t know what it is, don’t touch it, and please, DON’T EAT IT! We will be sampling various plants.



                   **Meals and accommodations included on 5 and 7 day courses**

UPCOMING COURSES

4-DAY COURSE

SURVIVE THE BRUCE - intro to wilderness skills
May 17th - 20th

LOCATION

Georgian Bay Country Market/Great Ape Empire HQ
267 Highway #6,
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

DATES & PRICING

Friday, May 17th – Monday, May 20th 2024

$800.00 +tax

COURSE OVERVIEW: Learn efficient, lightweight backpacking, various camp cooking methods, leave-no-trace principles, camp craft & wilderness safety.

 

5-DAY COURSE

*NO MORE SPOTS AVAILABLE

SURVIVE THE BRUCE
June 3rd - 7th

LOCATION

Bluewater Outdoor Education Center
3092 Bruce Rd. 13,
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

DATES & PRICING

Monday, June 3rd – Friday, June 7th 2024

$1750.00 +tax

Early Bird Discount of $100.00 off if paid in full by May 1st, 2024 PLUS receive upgraded course giveaways!

 

***NO MORE SPOTS AVAILABLE***

 

7-DAY COURSE

*NO MORE SPOTS AVAILABLE

SURVIVE THE BRUCE
JUNE 3rd - 9th

LOCATION

Bluewater Outdoor Education Center
3092 Bruce Road 13,
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

DATES & PRICING

Monday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 9th 2024

$2100.00 +tax

Early Bird Discount of $100.00 off if paid in full by May 1st, 2024, PLUS receive upgraded course giveaways!

***NO MORE SPOTS AVAILABLE***

2-DAY COURSE

remote first-aid
JUNE 8th - 9th

CERTIFICATION CONDUCTED BY OUR PARTNERS AT GET OUTDOORS SAFETY & SURVIVAL TRAINING


LOCATION

Bluewater Outdoor Education Center
3092 Bruce Road 13,
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

DATES & PRICING

Saturday, June 8th – Sunday, June 9th 2024

$250.00 +tax course only 

OR: $400.00  +tax to camp (bring your own tent), enjoy free meals and join the survival course participants and instructors for the evening skill-building campfire.

5-DAY COURSE

SURVIVE THE BRUCE
JUNE 10TH - JUNE 14TH

LOCATION

Bluewater Outdoor Education Center
3092 Bruce Road 13,
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

DATES & PRICING

Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th 2024

$1750.00 +tax

Early Bird Discount of $100.00 off if paid in full by May 1st, 2024. PLUS receive upgraded course giveaways!

7-DAY COURSE

SURVIVE THE BRUCE
JUNE 8th-14th

LOCATION

Bluewater Outdoor Education Center
3092 Bruce Road 13,
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

DATES & PRICING

Saturday, June 8th – Friday, June 14th

$2100.00 +tax

Early Bird Discount of $100.00 off if paid in full by May 1st, 2024, PLUS receive upgraded course giveaways!

COMING SOON 2024 

  • SKILL SPECIFIC WEEKEND COURSES 
  • HOMESTEADING SKILLS 
  • PREPAREDNESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS
  • CUSTOM TRAINING – FIRST RESPONDERS/MILITARY/FIRST NATIONS

 

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