This course is mixture of two of our courses, The Survival Standard and Scout Survival, except we do it while traveling on a scenic river, and the skills are more specialized and geared towards river based survival. You will learn the basics of shelter, water, fire making, wild plants, advanced fishing tactics and river based food procurement while living out of a canoe/kayak for 5 days. Some of the food you eat will be from what you catch and the rest will be supplemented with dry goods you bring with you. The idea is to create a mixture of living off the river much like we would do in our Scout Survival program while combining the basic skills learned in the survival standard. We want this to be difficult and enjoyable at the same time to combine real adventure with a high level of learning.
We will traveling on one of the most scenic rivers in Arkansas and camping out each night next to the river under the stars. You’ll be learning new survival skills on the river bank each day, while also fishing and living off the river. Adventure and education all rolled into one course, that will be challenging and exciting for people of all skill levels.
Who is this class for?
Anyone can attend this course and no prior training or SIGMA 3 classes required. If you just want some river based adventure, then this course is for you.
How difficult is this program physically?
If you can row a boat everyday and paddle down a river, then you can handle this course. Expect to cover 5-10 miles per day.
What equipment do I need?
Canoes and paddles are provided by SIGMA 3, but if you have a suitable sit on top kayak with sufficient storage capacity for gear, then you’re welcome to use that as well. You’ll need several dry bags, packable fishing poles and related equipment, Level 3 PFD (Personal Flotation Device), suitable river clothing for 5 days, overnight camping gear, canteen & water filter, fire making items, bank line and paracord, enough food for 5 days, IFAK (individual first aid kit).
ATTENTION: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE OUR 2 DAY LVL 4 RIVER RESCUE CERTIFICATION COURSE BEFORE ATTENDING THIS. IT WILL TYPICALLY BE SCHEDULED THE 2 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF THIS COURSE. NOT NECESSARY TO ATTEND, BUT A GREAT IDEA! PLEASE CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS!
SURVIVAL SKILLS TAUGHT
- River safety and canoe strokes
- How to pack a canoe or kayak
- Quick Improvised River based shelter options
- Numerous ways to procure safe drinking water
- Fire making: ferro rod, bow drill, and proper firelays
- Improvised Raft Construction
- Running trot lines and limb line sets
- Gill net construction and deployment
- Wild Edible plants
- Primitive fish and crayfish traps
- Primitive fish spears
- Advanced Camp Craft