IOL Bushcraft Skills – Course Review


In another impromptu moment, I was invited to attend a bushcraft and survival skills course at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire.  Without hesitation, I of course said yes as this is totally up my street.

The 6.5 hour course, hosted by the Institute for Outdoor Learning cost £45, (for IOL members, £90 for non-members) and covered the following:

  • Confident fire lighting
  • Using natural materials for survival and shelter
  • Tarps and shelters
  • Knot skills
  • Bushcraft games

Course leaders Dave Watson & Martin Rollin have a combined knowledge of 28 years in the industry and were superb in delivering the information.

I was astounded that by the end of the course, I was able to set up a camp from scratch within 45 minutes. This included setting up a tarpaulin shelter using natural materials and secure quick release knots as well as starting a fire with no lighter or matches. In fact, the fire lighting technique Martin taught me was so quick I was able to start and maintain 2 fires within 30 minutes!

Dave & Martin both have their own bushcraft businesses and I will certainly be doing more of their courses!

Please visit their website here: Woodland Survival Crafts or Silverback Bushcraft.

Happy Bushcrafting xxx