How to choose the right Bushcraft Course for you.
You have decided to spend money and gain some skills by going on a Bushcraft course. There are so many courses out there, how do you decide which one to choose? This short article will give you hints and tips for choosing the right Bushcraft course for you.
How much time and money can you commit to?
There are many different Bushcraft courses out there. Firstly decide how much time and money are you willing to commit to. Time ranges from 1 day courses to courses that last for several years. Prices range from under £100 to £1,000's. If you have a good idea of time and financial commitment you can look at the different kinds of skills you want to learn.
What exactly do you want to learn?
The same titled courses can have very different content from one Bushcraft school to the next. Some schools focus on Survival techniques, other schools focus on the primitive and spiritual side of Bushcraft. Which appeals to you more? Read or ask exactly what will be taught on the course. It will give you clear expectations of what you will learn. Do you want a general overview of Bushcraft or learn a specific skill e.g. Friction Firelighting?
How do I know the school is good?
There are no formal qualifications needed to teach Bushcraft. However, there are qualifications in Bushcraft. This is quite contentious within the world of Bushcraft. Some believe there should be a governing body and qualifications in Bushcraft required to teach the subject, others strongly disagree. Our issue with qualifications is that for the most part, their syllabus is very basic. An instructor could scrape through with a pass whilst only practising bushcraft within the course setting. Giving a qualified, low skilled instructor.
Look for any Bushcraft school that can demonstrate they do bushcraft in their own time also. Pushing their skills further and are passionate about what they do. Sadly there are many schools out there that just teach Bushcraft in a class setting and never at any other time. Purely business motivated. Websites, facebook, YouTube etc can help you check them out. Also word of mouth. Ask around and see what other people think of the Bushcraft school.
I hope that helps you in choosing the right Bushcraft course for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.