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Advanced Survival Class

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Advance your survival skills with our Advanced Survival Class. Building off of Basic and Intermediate classes, you'll learn friction fire off the landscape, advanced navigation techniques, long term shelter construction, water disinfection, and more. Push your limits and experience water, sleep, and food deprivation while mastering new skills for any emergency.

The registration deadline is 2 weeks prior to class start date.

4 days, 3 nights, 3.5 CEU's

Prerequisite: Minimum requirement: Completion of the Intermediate Survival Class.

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About the Advanced Survival Class ‚Äď There will be a high demand to perform various skills from Basic and Intermediate classes taught at The Pathfinder School.


  • friction fire off the landscape
  • advanced navigation
  • long term shelter construction
  • water disinfection
  • and more‚Ķ

Instruction in this course is limited to new topics only. We will test the limits of your current knowledge base, creating mental and physical stress. You will experience water, sleep, and food deprivation until you accomplish tasks that may be needed in a real emergency.

The Mental Challenge ‚Äď Regardless of whether-or-not the entire class is working at the same rate, the following will continue‚Ķ

  • New lessons daily
  • New Deliverables added daily

Breaking Point ‚Äď This course has an 80% tap out rate primarily due to the following

  • Not prepared physically
  • Not prepared mentally
  • Not training appropriately in the skills necessary prior to the class

What you can do to prepare - Practice the skills from previous courses. Put in the dirt time!

  • Exercise regularly
  • Mentality: expect the unexpected
  • Critical thinking and time management skills are extremely important
  • Clear mind and focus

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level, this class is more than likely the most intense and rigorous class you will ever take. It has been compared to special forces training by those in the armed services (their words, not ours)- so you should be fit and healthy to expect to complete the course. This class will include daily treks up to 20 miles, collecting resources over terrain which may be very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. All food, water, and toilet facilities must be procured from the landscape with minimal gear.

If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.

Highly recommend - physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class. Based on your ‚Äústarting point‚ÄĚ physical condition.

  • Hiking ‚Äď uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
  • Walking regularly (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5K
  • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins

As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare. It is strongly recommended to take Basic, Pioneer, Scout and Wilderness First Aid classes before taking this class.

Non-Patch Qualification Policy

  • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Advanced Survival (by going for the patch); we do not allow anyone to remain in camp without the instructor‚Äôs present. At this level, only those going for the Patch Qualification will be allowed to remain on school grounds.
  • If you tap out for any reason, at any point during the course, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing your equipment so you may leave the school grounds.

Qualifications Issued

  • To those graduating: An Advanced Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff, will be issued.
  • Documents note Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be awarded.

Age Requirement:
Students must be at least 18 years of age.

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About our School:

  • Fully Insured
  • Red Cross Certified Training Facility
  • EMT‚Äôs and Paramedic‚Äôs on Staff
  • AED on Location¬†
  • Epinephrine on Location
  • Instructors are CPR and Wilderness First Aid Red Cross Certified¬†
  • Low Student to Instructor to create a Pedagogy learning environment.¬†
  • Most Instructors either former Military, EMS, or LE
  • Lead Instructor is NASAR Advanced¬†Search and Rescue Certified¬†
  • Dave Canterbury is Certified Expert Trapper by Fur Takers of America and a Certified Intermediate Herbalist by the Herbal Academy International School of Herbal Arts and Sciences
  • All Instructors are equipped and licensed in HAM radio as well as PLB SAT comes for emergency communications away from classroom area.
  • Training area is over 4500 Forested Acres¬†

Please make sure you take all gear with you at the end of the class. If gear is left behind, we will not be able to ship it to you, and will be considered abandoned. 

Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes conclude.

Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder School system and is authorized by Dave Canterbury. Instructors, including Dave Canterbury, can vary class to class.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Justin Herrington (Ohio, United States)
Prepping for classes

Honestly, while I have most everything for my upcoming classes, I found that the quality and price to be excellent. Highly recommend for anyone!

Anthony Allgeier
If your thinking about the course do it.

If your thinking about taking it to the advanced level and taking the course my advice is start at the basic level and go through the basic, intermediate, then advanced. It well give one a great feeling of accomplishment but also set you up for success knowing what's expected of you and how hard your going to have to work outside of the classroom to pass. It's a great program I've been to alot of training programs schools etc for alot of others things and this is the place you want to be if your wanting to learn survival. This program will give you self pride and achievement. At the end of the day it comes down to do you want it or not no one can teach you that but this school will give you the tools to succeed that's for sure. 5 stars for the school and for every class they put on. Money well spent.

Jamie Clark
Dig twice as deep as you think you ought to...

This last week I have been in Ohio for the Pathfinder Advanced course. It's a survival course and it's meant to be a true test of self. Over the last several months, I've been working up to this and it's the 7th course that I've taken between Pathfinder and Flint and Steel. During this course you bring no food, no water, no redundancies, no fire starters... You are coming to the woods of Ohio to learn what it is like to be truly self-reliant in a "controlled" environment. I put quotes because you are out in and around the property, but you are not in the presence of instructors or safety for many hours of the day as you navigate the terrain, gather resources, and build the tools you need for the course. You will get very little sleep, very little comforts, and well depending on the season... very little time with dry feet and a warm corpus.

Matt M.
Be Prepared Mentally & Physically..

This class is a culmination of all the survival classes taught at the Pathfinder School. If you have not prepared yourself physically through fitness training and mentally by gaining confidence and proficiency in the basic skills, this class will be difficult if not impossible. You need to accept ahead of time that you will be very physically engaged while completing your deliverables and will most likely endure some periods of dehydration, lack of calories, insufficient rest and mental stress. While all this sounds rough, when you are in it you learn to push yourself to the next level and beyond. I believe that is the whole goal of this class, to push you beyond what most people would ever push themselves. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this class and that I completed it successfully. There was a time or two That I thought I may have to tap out, but the instructors would not give up on me and that was just the motivation I needed to push on to success. When you enroll in this class just know that you will be challenged and be prepared for whatever challenges (and surprises) the instructors have in store for you. When you do complete this course, you will have a feeling of accomplishment that you will not soon forget and the overall experience will be one you will never regret.

Gordon Dedman, Australis
Good work Dave to you and all your team!

I would like to take the time to write about the Pathfinder Advanced Class I just recently completed.

As an Australian and due to my work, I am very fortunate to have been able to travel to many different countries and have the opportunity to visit and attend various survival/bushcraft schools and courses worldwide.

I had already completed a Pathfinder Primitive Skills Course and the Basic Survival Class and was impressed with the school's emphasis on putting newly learnt skills under pressure through the implementation of timed deliverables (tasks).
The Advanced class was a continuation of the basic skills of survival/bushcraft, utilizing these timed deliverables except at a more advanced level and at a faster pace, combined with food and sleep deprivation.
The 5 day course saw a huge range in temperature from 68 F (20 C) down to 20 F (-6C) which is bloody cold for an Aussie who just stepped off the plane from Hawaii.

The first day of the course was revision of core skills through demonstration; bow drill fire, navigation (PAUL method), natural containers and cordage, bow making and using trash as useful resources.
Sun up on the second day saw the beginning of the 4 day test phase, commencing with a shake down and stripping of any equipment not on the kit list, no water & no food, then it was go go go.

After a long navigation exercise in our two man teams and arrival at our first base camp, the deliverables (tasks) began and they came at a continuous pace. New tasks were added all the time, regardless of whether or not the last one was completed in time. An 80% pass rate was needed to pass the 40 plus deliverables assigned. One by one the 5 C's (cutting tool, combustion device, container, covering, cordage) were taken away and substitutes had to be found from around us. Groups who did not succeed at friction fire at first were not able to purify/boil water to drink, have fire for warmth or complete other deliverables that fire was needed for.

That’s how it was for the 4 days, with no food or sleep except in 2 hour pickets to man the fire.
The last night was particularly cold and on the last day it snowed, a novel experience for an Aussie.
The course was grueling at times and the lack of sleep and food really took their toll on energy levels and by the 3rd day we were all knackered and the simplest things became a chore.

Every team had their own instructor to aid and guide them through the course. All the instructors (Chris, Darin, Brian, Jimmy and Jamie) were great and worked patiently and tirelessly with all teams.

I learnt a lot on the course and a lot about myself. The course and its timed deliverables really did put our already learned skills under pressure and to the test which is exactly what would happen in a real scenario. These timed deliverables from my experience are unique to the Pathfinder School. I would strongly recommend any of the Pathfinder School courses to anyone wishing to learn reliable, retainable and practical survival and self reliance skills.