Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Bear Grylls Survival Academy

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy is up and running. See the intro video from Bear and find out more below.

There are two courses available: The 5 day Survival in the Highlands Course and the 24 Hour Family Course. The Survival Academy can also create bespoke corporate courses that can be as wild as your imagination. Contact the Survival Academy here to find out more.

Survival In the Highlands

Bear Grylls Survival Academy: 5 Day CourseSurvival in the Highlands
is an intensive 5 day survival skills course which culminates in a challenging 36 hour expedition to put your new found skills to the ultimate test. The course is delivered by a range of instructors from the Man v Wild / Born Survivor crew.

This course is strictly limited to just 10 participants and costs £1,899 excluding flights and transfers. All meals and accommodation are included. On completion of the course you will receive the coveted Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate, and your own Bear Grylls Ultimate knife.

Below is an overview of an average Survival in the Highlands itinerary provides an insight into what you can expect from Bear Grylls Survival Academy.
To find out more or to apply click here.


The adventure begins at 5pm with a chance to meet your course leaders and fellow enrollees, and to ensure you have all the items on the Kit List. We’ll then move on to equipment and rations issue, before heading off to the Academy’s wilderness base camp.


Day 3

Hopefully you’ll wake up dry and warm if you built a good shelter! You’ll need to use your skills to make a fire from scratch, check the snare and drop lines... have you caught anything for a ‘wilderness’ breakfast? Today continues with a stalking lecture and exercise, a river crossing training exercise and practice the techniques for crossing ravines on a Tyrolean line. The day concludes with prepping for the remote final 36 hour Final Exercise.

Day 1

Day One includes a physical training session, the Priorities of Survival and a training and practical on knots, rope usage and river crossing. The day continues with navigation training and you’ll learn how to dynamically and safely ascend and descend cliff faces using a variety of techniques, followed by an inspiring campfire survival lecture.


Day 4

Final Exercise… let’s just say you’ll be putting all your new found skills to good use!

Day 2

You’ll be taken for a lesson in self-defense, self-preservation, primal instinct training and fire lighting preparation. The day continues with remote and improvised First Aid, followed by the practical use of snares and traps – drop out lines. Then later, you’ll build your own emergency shelter, prepare and cook some exciting wilderness food and undertake a night navigation exercise. Then we explore the art of sourcing and purifying water.


Day 5

If you are successful then we have the final passing out parade and awarding of the BG Survival Academy certificates and knives.


Kit List

If you sign up – this will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year.

  • 2 pairs of robust mountain boot or similar with ankle support
  • Trousers
  • Base layer, mid layer and outer
  • Fleece
  • Duvet Jacket
  • Hat and balaclava
  • Gloves
  • Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Swimming shorts
  • Training shoes
  • Waterproof note book and pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Casual clothes
  • Wash bag
  • Towel
  • Personal medication
  • Camera

The following kit will be issued to enrolees by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag
  • Camp bed
  • Head torch
  • 30ltr ruck sack
  • Roll (sleeping) matt

Please note, the Kit List outlined here is for reference only. Once you have booked, a full Kit List which is suitable for your course location (along with a list of items not to bring!) will be provided.


Minimum Fitness Levels

Bear Grylls Survival Academy is tough both mentally and physically. In order to ensure that you will be able to cope with the demands of the course, please do not apply unless you are able:

  • To maintain a steady jog for 25mins without stopping.
  • To exercise without stopping for 90 seconds mixing continuous press ups, sit ups and burpees. Two of these ’90 second sets’ should be achieved with a minutes rest in between.
  • To trek for one hour in trekking boots carrying a light 20lb daypack.
  • To be a competent swimmer


24 Hour Family Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy: 24 Hour Family CourseThe new 24 Hour Family Course will comprise of a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks designed to put the enrollees to the test. The course will run on private woodland, heath land and water terrain in Brook, Surrey, just outside London.

Techniques taught will include learning how to build and light a fire, how to navigate at night, best ways to use a knife for survival, foraging for grubs and rodents, building a shelter, extreme weather survival and river crossings. The Academy has been designed for parents and 10-17 year old children by Bear Grylls and will be run by his close team of highly trained experts. It is the perfect opportunity to bring family members together to share a truly memorable and fun experience.

To find out more or to apply click here.

Bear GryllsAbout the course:

  • The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Family Course will run from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday (check BGSA website for dates)
  • The course comprises an intensive survival skills course as outlined above with an overnight stay in a shelter
  • On completion of the course enrolees will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate
  • All meals, selected kit & accommodation are provided during course
  • This course is only open to 10-17 year olds who must be accompanied by an adult/adults
  • The cost is £199 per person (1 child and 1 adult). Both parties must be physically active
  • The course is limited to 12 places (i.e. 6 pairs each comprised of 1 child and 1 adult)


Bear says:

"As the father of three young boys I love sharing my survival techniques and going on family adventures together. It is not only exciting and fund but teaches them useful life and outdoor skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down. So it is with great pride that we can now launch our 24 hour Family Course as a great opportunity for parents to share these experiences with their children together."




Kit List

Kit List for Summer Academies (Mid May - Early September)

Kit List for Winter Academies (Early September - Mid May)


Hear about the Academy

Dave Pearce, Course Leader at The Bear Grylls Survival AcademyDave Pearce, one of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy course leaders, recently spoke to ABC Western Australia about the Academy.


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