Two-Day Program Outline


08:00 - 17:00  


Tip of Spear Academy  Edmonton


08:00 - 17:00  


Cooking Lake Provincial Park   20 min east of Edmonton

Day 1 (Saturday) 08:00 - 17:00

(Classroom Day)

This day is composed of classroom-based Power Point presentations, lots of hands-on training and a short practical outdoor component. While we will be inside for most of the day, you should be prepared to spend up to one hour outdoors as well.

The lectures on general-preparedness, situational  considerations, navigation, first-aid, and the CBRN portion will all take place on this day.

The first-aid component will include life saving bleeding-cessation skills such as suturing, wound packing, the use of tourniquets and major wound bandaging. You will get to use the latest available trauma training equipment to practice these skills.

The CBRN component of the course includes knowledge lessons on personal survival, necessary equipment, and home-protection in a CBRN environment. There will also be a practical portion during which you will learn proper donning and doffing procedures for CBRN personal protective clothing and respiratory equipment. You will get to fully encapsulate yourself in personal protective equipment and experience the difficulties that result from this.

The lectures on navigation will cover the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for field-practice on Day 2 of the course. The navigation course will help you solidify the classroom knowledge into field experience.

Please note that lunch will not be provided on Day 1. You are encouraged to bring your own food, or there are also multiple fast-food locations available in the vicinity.

Day 2 (Sunday) 08:00 - 17:00

(Field Practice Day)

On Day 2, we will meet at Cooking Lake Provincial Recreation Area approximately 20 minutes east of Edmonton.

The day's training will consist of using navigation skills that are taught on Day 1 to find your way along a cross-country navigation course. This is followed by demonstrations and practice of bushcraft skills.

The 3.5 km long (up to 5km depending on ground conditions) navigation course proceeds through some wet-lands, tall grass fields and across uneven terrain and may take up to a few hours to complete. The full navigation course does not have to be completed if this type of activity is difficult or becomes difficult for you.

A water purification demonstration also occurs along the way of the navigation course. Stagnant pond-water will be used to demonstrate and compare different methods of purifying water.

A military-style warm packaged ration will be provided for  lunch. A sample ration will be shown on Day 1 so you will be aware of what to expect. If you do not think that this will meet your personal nutritional requirements, please ensure that you bring enough of your own food to last you through the day. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and combination options are available.

The bushcraft portion of the day consists of demonstrations and practice of starting fires using multiple different methods, building simple shelters, signal fires and simple snares.

There will be a rest-tent area set up at the field training location with coffee, tea, water, power bar-type snacks, and (if the hazard level allows it) a fire. A large hard shelter is available on-site if the weather gets too poor for us to remain outside. Washrooms are located on-site or within walking distance for the majority of the day.