Life has a way of tearing you down. It can be extremely difficult to carry the weight of it all. Many are aware that I took the 45 Day Instructor Course in the Spring of 2016, but what most don’t know is “WHY” I took the program. I will get into that shortly, but I wan’t you to first understand there are many reasons people take this course. For some it is the thought of one day teaching survival for a living, for others they want to join the Sigma team, but for most it is the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Each of those are amazing reasons to attend this course.
For me, I was going through a very dark time. I had lost my career (my calling), my best friend just went to jail for 40 years, and some people I thought had my back abandoned me. The crappy thing about it all, is none of this was my doing. It was the direct actions of another. I had lost all hope. $4,000 for a survival course seems like a far stretch, but at that time I would have paid a million dollars for a sense of relief and purpose again.
When I first arrived at Sigma 3 I was so excited. For 45 days I didn’t have to worry about anything except what I was going to eat, and where I was going to sleep. The heavy load completely lifted off my shoulders. From there, the rest was history. I am happy to say I was able to let go, and learn to forgive. Healing took place on that mountain.
Here are many of the life changing benefits that can come from immersing yourself into the wild:
Sense of Accomplishment
Independence from Artificial Establishments
Friendships that Last
Confidence in Your Abilities
Self-Realization like Never before
Oneness with Nature
Appreciation for the little things.
Stronger Relationships with Family
Freedom to Rediscover Who YOU ARE.
Not to even mention the skills you will learn, and the doors of opportunity that will open. As soon as I graduated I was invited to be a guest instructor at several survival schools, and even got a couple full-time teaching opportunities. I decided to take a job as the full-time survival instructor for a school based in South Carolina. I was super excited, but my heart was always in the Ozarks. My family and I moved to the Carolinas in the Summer of 2016, and within 6 months I had created an established survival program there. At the end of 2016 Rob (Sigma 3 Owner) decided it was time for me to come home, and he offered me the Director of Operations and Lead Instructor position at Sigma 3. Since then I have been leading the Sigma program, and together with Rob’s guidance we continue to run one of the largest and most comprehensive survival schools in the World.
So if you are like me, and need a fresh start then consider the 45 Days Instructor Program. I know you won’t regret it. REGISTER HERE!
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We are excited to announce our Sigma Satellites; a new and simple way to join the Sigma family. We have a proud honored group of instructors and affiliates, and it is our passion to incorporate the best in the industry. Unfortunately, for many they cannot take off 45 Days to become a certified instructor, and that is why we are launching multiple satellite training locations across the country.
Sigma Satellites provide land owners the opportunity to host training courses on their property which allows them to participate in training without travelling. It also, provides many of our certified instructors the opportunity to teach.
This new program offers profit split with land owners that allow us to host training courses on their land. They will receive 10% of all gross profits from each course and their immediate family will receive unlimited free training at all classes hosted at their site. We have around 4 new properties we are adding at the moment and if you have an interest in having us host classes at your property, then contact us and we can discuss details. Please share this and tag your friends that might be interested and own land.
Join the Team! Host Course! Become a Sigma Satellite!
Rescue is the goal of every survival situation. Once you meet your primary needs, focus on rescue.
You’re only a survivor when you have been rescued. This means that you must be able to either get yourself out of the predicament you are in (self-rescue) or be rescued from that situation by others (assisted rescue).
Preparation is key-informing people of your intentions and timeframes will at least have someone wondering why you are not back yet. Be sure to leave an ISOPREP Report behind with someone you trust. (See Principle #1)
THE BIG ? Do I stay, or do I go? This is a major decision. Do you remain where you are or move to a location that offers a better chance of survival, rescue, or both. In general it is always best to stay where you are. It’s all too easy to make a rash decision and attempt to walk out of a situation only to put yourself in even greater danger.
Signaling While waiting for rescue maximize your odds by signaling. The key to signaling is contrast and movement.
Universal Distress Signal: SOS
Universal Distress Number: 3
Primary Signalling Methods:
Sound: Create 3 loud blows with a whistle, or by banging metal objects together.
Reflection: Reflect rays of the sun off of a mirror or shiny surface such as foil, a CD, or the bottom of a can to attract attention.
Light: Using a flashlight or other light source turn on and off 3 times, and then wait 10-15 seconds to repeat.
Fire: Create a large signal fire by adding green vegetation to your fire. For best results, create 3 fire platforms that can be easily and quickly lit.
Flagging: Using a t-shirt, bandanna, or other material create a flag to wave at potential rescuers.
Ground-to-air: To make ground-to-air marker, use anything that contrasts with the ground. Make sure it is big and visible. Common markers: SOS or HELP Emergency Ground to Air Code:
V: Needs Assistance
X: Needs Emergency Assistance
->: Direction of Travel
With proper planning you should have taken a compass and a map with you on your adventure, and you should have the ability to properly read a map and use a compass. Often time’s people find themselves lost, and unable to determine direction, because they failed to be prepared.
Determine General Direction (Northern Hemisphere) If you can see the sun, you can use an analog watch as a protractor to determine an approximate direction. Ensure it is set to the correct local time. If you don’t have a watch but time, simply draw a watch.
Point the hour hand towards the sun, and bisect the angle between the hour hand and 12 o’clock. That is your North South Line.
Dead Reckoning When navigating across land, you’re less likely to get lost if you take direct bearing from one feature to another. This will prevent you from going in circles.
When obstacles are in your way simply box around them, or use your pace beads to pace out around the object.
Using these simple rescue techniques could greatly increase your odds of rescue and survival. Be sure to watch the corresponding video below for further instructor, and as always be sure to share and subscribe.
It’s that time again… Tax Season. We are offering a 25% Off Special Tax Sale as our way of giving back to the hard working Americans out there who make our country great. We are extremely grateful for all of our amazing supporters, and we want to thank you for helping spread the word.
Sale goes from February 15 – March 31st, 2017
This sale excludes international courses and the Summer Instructor Program. Valid for all other domestic courses and the fall Instructor Course.
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NEW!! Due to high demand we will now be offering a Summer Survival Instructor Program!
We are excited to be able to offer the new Summer Survival Instructor Program. The summer program will have the same high standards, but be broken up into two phases. Take Phase 1 over the summer your first year, and Phase 2 the following year.
Phase 1 will consist of the Survival Standard, The Advanced Standard, Wildcrafter, and Primitive Bowyer. (3 Weeks)
Phase 2 will consist of a short review, Advanced Primitive Skills, Scout Knife Only, and SERE. (3 Weeks)
We take our training serious, and we have high expectations for our instructors. The intent of this program is not to water down the training, but to make it more accessible to those who are unable to take off for the entire 45 days. It is our mission to grow the self-reliance community, by producing the top instructors. Students will be required to check-in between phases, complete monthly assignments, and log so many hours of dirt time. Upon completion of Phase 1 & 2 students will graduate as a Level 1 Certified Instructor; however in order to teach for Sigma 3 you will also need to complete the Level 2 Instructor Certification.
We will still continue to offer our 45 Day program which we highly recommend. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Space is extremely limited.
In this program you will start with the survival priorities and then build on them to increase your bushcraft knowledge. Sigma 3 doesn’t teach you how to get out of the woods; we teach you how to live in them. You will become proficient in shelter, water, fire, food, tools, medical, bow making, navigation, and much more. You will learn all these survival skills with primitive methods as well as modern ones. Sigma 3 specializes in not only surviving, but we take our students knowledge level to such a high degree that you will be very comfortable anywhere you travel in the world. Knowledge weighs nothing and we are going to throw every bit of knowledge we possibly can at you, so be prepared! If you want to challenge yourself and learn these skills intensively and all in one blast, then this is the program for you!
The point of this course is to teach an average person to walk off into the wilderness with nothing but a knife and survive indefinitely in comfort! This is the most comprehensive wilderness survival course on the market today! No other school offers such a diverse set of skills in one course and all in one session. This course is designed to take the average person and turn them into a well-trained survival instructor, capable of living off the land for long periods of time with minimal equipment.
All equipment needed for the Summer Survival Instructor Program can be purchased through our Survival Store, everything listed on the survival store is items we recommend and carry ourselves. You are not required to purchase these exact items through us in order to attend course. You just need the same equipment and of similar quality! The items we offer are the best you can get for the money and we highly recommend these same items no matter where you buy them.
Minimum gear recommendations
Fixed Blade Knife between 4-6″, preferable a scandi grind
Tarp and Poncho for shelters
Flashlight and headlamp w/ extra batteries
Large Roll of Paracord
Outdoor Clothing, boots, and bug spray
Wet weather gear
Stainless Steel Canteen
Fire starting kit; must have ferro rod
Packable fishing kit
Medium to Large Backpack
Medical Kit (you will be responsible for your own healthcare)
Hygiene Kit (you will be responsible for your own hygiene; you can bathe in the creek or find a local venue to bathe at.)
*All items needed can be found on our survival store and the items we carry on the store are what we recommend for classes.
Material Fees: These staves are pre-dried for two years and in perfect working condition.Hickory Stave $125. Course will include any other materials needed to finish bow. You can pay via credit/debit card when you arrive. Optional recommended items: farriers rasp and draw knife.
Food and water
You will provide your own food for most of the course. Water will be provided at the property. In some sections of the course, you will live from the land but when learning you will need to provide your own meals, which is about 33 days’ worth. We recommend quick ready to eat field type meals for convenience such as our in house camp ready meals.
Local eateries, grocery stores, and other amenities are available locally. You will have plenty of time to procure any items you need.
Local groceries and supplies
Walmart is within a short drive and several other stores as well. So you can get food locally very easily. We prefer you drive a vehicle to class, as vehicles will be needed during certain portions of the course. If your flying in then you can usually team up with other instructor candidates that brought a car to the course, which many usually do. In some portions of the course we will procure our food from the land, but in most sections of the course you will need to provide your own food. The links above are our recommendations for camp food. Please help support Sigma 3 by purchasing your food and equipment through our store instead of other vendors. The funds are used to make the courses better and the school bigger for your benefit!
During the class we will be doing some hunting and fishing and you will be required to purchase an Missouri state hunting and fishing license. I would advise you to not get your license until you get here. They can be bought at numerous local stores. And you don’t need the annual license. Average cost $50 or less. Call for more details if you have questions.
If you have a favorite rifle or concealed carry weapon that you would like to bring. It’s welcome at our camp! Licensed concealed carry is allowed and recommended. Missouri is also an open carry/constitutional carry state, so gun laws are very flexible here. And we have a personal shooting range that can be utilized on your off time throughout the course.
Video Compilation of Instructor Course Experience
Here is a compilation from one of our Level 1 Graduates that video documented his experience at SIGMA 3. He got a full time job working as lead instructor of another outdoor training organization upon graduation. With paid salary, vacation, and benefits. He is now our Director of Operations. We’ve had numerous graduates get job offers after completing this course.
ATTENTION: During the first two weeks, you will be paired with other standard courses running back to back. Our reason for doing this is that we want to be able to pick out the advanced students that already have a basic understanding of bushcraft and see how they interact with other students that are new to the skills. You will be gauged on how quickly you learn the skills and then move on to help others that are struggling. Remember that you are coming here to become instructors so we will be gauging your ability to relay learned information to others. You will also be expected to maintain a positive mental attitude and good demeanor throughout the course. You cannot pass this program without the strong ability to deal with others and a positive mental attitude at all times. If your a whiner, your assured to not make it!
You will have to successfully complete all aspects of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 course curriculum and reproduce these skills under harsh conditions. In order to graduate you have to meet the requirements of each section of the course. This class is difficult to pass not because of the demands we put on students but the burden mother nature plays on the course. People who fail do so because they don’t have the endurance to muster through tough conditions. Not because they can’t learn and complete the tasks. Every class is different in it’s graduation rate because each course has such a unique makeup of people. Some classes we have passed 80% of students and other classes have had very high drop out rates. You will pass the course if you muster through and stay determined. Phase 2 is the only section you absolutely can’t fail – Scout Survival and SERE! These are Go or No Go phases of the course!
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Check out our brand new signs that we have added to our main survival camp in Arkansas. The signs are at the entrance to the primitive camp, where we have examples of dozens of different survival shelter types. Group photos will now be taken under the sign after every class. We will also be adding new signs to our upcoming 3D archery range, the primitive weapons golf course, and the primitive trapping area round robin that we are building! We have also recently added two 18′ Tipi’s to the survival camp for our apprentices to sleep in. More is coming to the training schedule soon and don’t forget to check out our deal in the Survival Store.
Also if you haven’t checked the schedule we now have classes in Virginia at a large permaculture farm. We have classes coming up right after Christmas, so if you are the east coast and havebeen wanting to train with us then here is your chance!Survival Training Calendar
PICK THE NEXT SPECIALTY CLASS! Our POLLS determine what classes are offered next according to popular demand! It would be great for us to offer every survival class possible, but time is limited for everyone and we need to focus on our students most critical needs. What is your top choice for the following classes being offered that you are interested in?
ANSWER the poll below to help define survival training needs & focus.
If you want to look at the companies websites to determine what you like best. Click here for more info! Click the pics to see company websites!
SHARE the poll with your friends on Facebook or by e-mail.
CONTACT USif you have any questions or want to suggest other companies you want to train with.
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As many of you know, Sigma 3 Survival School has been experiencing exponential growth as of late. With this growth comes new and exciting opportunities, new classes, and new skill sets to be mastered. These changes are exciting and refreshing for us and we know that you will be pleased with the direction Sigma 3 is going as well.
We have been given many new opportunities for specialty classes that have previously been unavailable along with access to new instructors and sources of information, and SIGMA will be adding new, different, and exciting courses soon.
Like all growth, though, there are some growing pains as we move into new frontiers and find that some of the things that served us well in the past are not as vital to our continued growth and ability to serve our students and customers.
We have some monster changes coming to our training programs and we will be dropping some programs and adding some new ones. We can only run programs that are popular and as the years have come and gone, we have learned what classes our students want the most. So in accordance with what our customers want, we are adapting to the changing business environment by adapting our programs to meet our customer’s needs.
We will be dropping the Tactical Scout Cert program and the SOLO wilderness medic cert program and replacing it with a list of specialty classes. Basically we will be recruiting other top training companies to come showcase their best courses for our SIGMA 3 students. We will be keeping the DSD tactical tracking program and both SERE courses, but all other programs within the tactical scout will be eliminated and replaced. We will replace the courses with specialty classes that are determined by our customers via polling. Some of the potential trainers we will try to recruit for courses include: Travis Haley, Kyle Lamb, Badlands Tactical, Mark Elbroch, Joel Hardin, and many more! Almost anyone you want to train under, SIGMA 3 can get! You will see changes in the website to reflect these changes soon. If you have any questions then please contact us for more details.
Maine Location Closing and Moving Farther South
We have found after the initial launch of our location in Maine, that it is too remote and to distant a drive for most people in the Northeast to attend our courses. We have tons of customers in the New York area and it is our goal to move closer to the New York/Pennsylvania line, so that more people from metropolitan areas can join our weekend classes as well as other programs. If you have any land in this area that we can use to host these events please let us know. There is substantial incentive for allowing us to use your land for training. But for now we will not be scheduling anymore classes at the Maine location.
North Carolina Update
We recently launched the North Carolina location that will be run by Eugene Runkis and Sean Walker. The location we originally picked may be in jeopardy due to lease issues with the land owner, so we may be moving the location to farther north on the North Carolina/Virginia border. Still up in the air as to what is going to happen with this training location. And Eugene is in the process of shooting his 3rd season for Hillbilly Blood, so his schedule is still up in the air also. As soon as we get some solid dates I’ll be sure to update everyone. But you can count on us having classes on the schedule for that area very soon. Just waiting on a few things to come through before posting the training schedule for NC!
Probably the single biggest question asked, is do we have any kids programs or classes that kids can attend. Our policy has always been to allow children in most courses offered, except for the advanced ones! But to add to that, we are going to start offering family packages that bring father/son and mother/daughter together in these training classes. And we will have special pricing for package deals, so that both parents and children can enjoy the benefit of world class training at a great price. We will also be starting a kid’s summer survival camp in 2014. Send the kids for a week of adventure and they will learn all the need to know about how to survive! More info on this coming soon!
All in all, we have a ton of changes happening with SIGMA 3 and we appreciate your commentary and continued support. If you have an interest in some type of training, then please let us know what you would like to see on the schedule and we will try and accommodate your interests.
Coming this June 9-10, 2012 we will be holding a free survival shelters course that will include the construction of some sophisticated survival shelters for our newest survival camp in Huntington! The class will last two days and participants can choose to stay overnight at the camp if they choose.
A Frame Debris Bed, Extremely Comfortable!
Structures Built will include:
-advanced debris hut with internal heating and fireplace extension
-Lean to w/reflector
-A Frame jungle hooch
Location: Huntington, AR Survival Camp (Click Here for more info)
Date: June 9-10, 2012
Items Needed: overnight camping gear, outdoor clothing, bug spray, boots, food and water
If you have any of these and want to bring them we could use the following: chainsaws, machetes, knives, axes, tarps, shovels, rakes or anything you think might be useful in expediting construction of these primitive shelters. We have a 4 wheeler to haul equipment to camp.
Register:Contact Usto let us know you will be coming. Children Welcome!
New Private or Small Group Packages! Since we have so many tactical courses on the board right now I wanted to make a special offer for those interested in wilderness survival! If you have an interest in wilderness survival training and the course you are interested in is not on the schedule then contact us to setup a custom class. You can pick any course from the wilderness survival course list including: the survival standard courses, shelter building, fire making, water procurement, food procurement (trapping fishing hunting), primitive cooking, knife only (more expensive), or any basic bushcraft course of your choosing. My recommendation for beginners is the standard courses. Contact Us for more details!
2 Day Custom Course: $295/person private lessons
4 Day Custom Course: $495/person private lessons
Notes: Groups will be given discount based upon size of the group, the larger the cheaper! These courses can be setup on almost any schedule as long as enough lead time is given for the founder to schedule. We will do the courses either at our primitive camp or some other location of your choosing elsewhere in the state. Extra charges for travel!
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