Benefits of Survival Training
You now have three priorities: shelter, fire, and signal. After addressing these priorities, you can focus on water and food.
- This topic helps you to plan for the unexpected on a trip and to avoid common misadventures, such as being lost. It should not be seen as equivalent to survival training, which is a much broader and more intense training in dealing with the rigors of the wild.
- Survival skills can vary widely depending on the geographical area. Your ability to survive in the snow or mountains, for example, might rely on a different set of skills and knowledge than surviving in the desert or heavy woods.
Taking a formal class in survival skills can be invaluable if your riding environment is extreme in terms of terrain, climate, or remoteness. Some benefits include:
- The potential for saving your life or the life of one of your companions
- The ability to enjoy areas of the country that would be off-limits to adventurers equipped with less knowledge
- Greater respect for the environment and wildlife and for their collective risks
- Greater confidence in your own self-sufficiency, which will translate to other areas of your life
Survival training skills range from somewhat simple tasks to quite sophisticated medical procedures. A survival training class could include how to:
- Light a fire without a match.
- Set a fracture in the wild.
- Avoid encountering dangerous animals.
The wide scope of useful topics makes it impractical to attempt to cover survival training within this course.