With locations from Chico to Big Sur, and an alumni that includes three branches of the United States Military, school districts, and corporations, Survival Training School of California is the state's largest and most respected survival school.

Whether you're a military unit wanting to sharpen your skills, an individual looking to avoid a group, or a company looking to explore and develop leadership, we have an option for you.  You'll be in good company.  The U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, Craftsman Tools, Ford Motors, Stanford University, and more have sought our expertise.

Below is a complete list of our courses, along with locations, costs, times, and dates.

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Urban Survival - Disaster Preparedness

(1 Day)


  1. Lunch, drinks, snacks
  2. Comfortable, active-wear clothing and shoes
  3. Sun protection

Location: Free Flow Academy/Your Location/TBD

Register or Call for private booking     Cost: $100 (Discount for 3+)

Time: 10 AM - 4 PM (FF Location), TBD

Dates: 7/23 (FF Location), TBD

Class Size: 5-20

From Comfortable Living to Urban Survival

When the power and water go out; when emergency services can’t get to you; when streets are swarming with mobs of angry and confused people; what are you going to do?  Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and civil unrest are all potential disasters that can turn a comfortable urban living situation into a desperate attempt to survive.  Our course will teach you some of the tools you will need to adapt to your new environment and survive until emergency services and order have been restored.  We cover: shelter; water; food; heat; signaling; movement; and defensive/offensive techniques to help keep you safe.

It’s weird but you never think about this stuff really happening until it is too late. I was impressed by the professionalism and innovation in the course. Not only did they give me some great instruction, but they were able to help me figure out what some of my next steps could be to prepare.
— Linda R., Alumni

Urban Survival -


(1 or 2 Days)


  1. Lunch, drinks, snacks
  2. Comfortable, active-wear clothing and shoes
  3. Sun protection

Location: Free Flow Academy/Your Location/TBD

Register: Call us to work out details Cost: TBD

Time: TBD

Dates: TBD

Class Size: TBD

Move as though your life depended on it

Where will you be when disaster strikes? What choices do you make to evade pursuit?  Chances are good that you may need to move through the environment in order to reach a safe location.  This course will teach you the fundamental philosophies of movement as they relate to a survival situation.  We cover: awareness considerations; assessment considerations; energy conservation; moving through mobs; moving around obstacles; using your environment to your advantage; evasive maneuvering; pursuit of others; and, effective stretches/exercises to help your movement.


The Survival Movement Class was a blast. It was great exercise and gave some basic, common-sense, and easy to remember instruction about how to handle mobs of people or how to move to avoid notice or capture. Cheers to you!
— Adrian M.

Adult/Infant/Child First Aid/CPR/AED

(1 Day)


  1. Towel/pad to help kneeling on the floor
  2. Lunch/water/snacks

Location: Free Flow Academy/Your Location/TBD

Register             Cost: $60 (Discount for groups of 3+)

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (FF Location), TBD

Dates: 2/17, 5/13 (FF Location), TBD

Class Size: 5 - 24 (minimum class size must be met)

Be a hero and save some lives

Accidents are always lurking around the corner, waiting to attack the unsuspecting and unprepared.  Don't be one of the unsuspecting and unprepared.  Take our certification course and learn how to both prevent accidents and care for those who have the misfortune of having them.  The course is a comprehensive introductory course that gives people the comfort and peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have some ability to provide basic assistance when the need arises.  Learn how to keep yourself and others safer and earn your two-year certification.  If you are planning to babysit, work with kids, or exist on this planet around others, this course is for you. This course is available for those who want or need an initial certification or for those who are looking to renew a certification.


  • Adult/Infant/Child care
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • AED
  • Simulations
  • Initial emergency response and care

Wilderness First Aid

(2 Days)


  • Closing and packing wounds
  • Splinting injured limbs
  • Checking for spinal injuries
  • Identifying and treating environmental exposure
  • Medical emergencies
  • Insect bites
  • Treating burns
  • Much More!


  1. Lunch, water, snacks
  2. Sun protection/bug spray

Location: Lake Concow (Unless otherwise noted)/Free Flow Academy

Register             Cost: $150 (Discount for groups of 3+)

Time: 10 AM (Day 1) - 4 PM (Day 2) (FF Location)

Dates 2017: 5/6-5/7, 5/28-5/29, 6/17-6/18 (FF Location), 7/29-7/30, 8/12-8/13, 9/3-9/4, 11/11-11/12

Class Size: 5 - 24 (minimum class size must be met)

When 911 is too far away

Come spend two days of extremely hands-on training in wilderness first aid (WFA) with us during our nationally-recognized certification course. WFA is different from standard first aid in that:

  • It can require extended care (24hrs+)
  • It can require you to improvise and create life-saving gear from your camping equipment and/or surroundings
  • It can require you to take exposure measures (care for the patient's needs in terms of warmth and cooling) into account
  • Training is very hands-on and involves many realistic-seeming simulations
  • Students perform a much higher level of medical intervention (i.e. students will learn to set certain dislocated joints, close wounds, and more)

Upon completion of this two day/16+ hour course, students earn a nationally-accepted certification from the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) - the world's largest private EMS training provider. 

“I have taken numerous first aid courses including a 4 day wilderness first aid course in the past. STSC’s Wilderness First Aid was, without question, the most comprehensive course on the subject I have ever taken.”
— Keith F., Public Yelp Review

Ancient Apothecary

(1 Day)


  1. Water bottle
  2. Lunch and snacks
  3. Sun protection/bug spray

Location: Lake Concow (Unless otherwise noted)

Register             Cost: $150 (Discount for groups of 3+)

Time: 10 AM  - 2 PM

Dates 2017: 3/18, 3/19, 3/25, 3/26, 5/5, 5/6, 5/21 (FF Location), 6/11, 5/27, 5/28, 7/28, 7/29, 7/30, 8/11, 8/12, 8/26, 8/27, 9/2, 9/3, 9/23, 9/24, 10/7, 10/8, 10/21, 10/22, 11/10, 11/11

Class Size: 3 -  (minimum class size must be met)

Healing with wild plants

"Apothecary" is an ancient term for those who produce healing remedies from raw materials. In times of old, local healers would go to the apothecary to obtain the healing "potions" they gave to their patients. This course takes you far beyond theory and deep into the world of plant processing. We will turn natural plants, oils, waxes, and more into a wide array of healing potions. You will make your own natural remedies and take them home at the end of the course.

*This course is essential if you wish to move beyond survival by learning to live off of the land.


  • Making your own healing balm/lotion
  • Making a medicinal poultice/plaster
  • Brewing a medicinal tea
  • Making a disinfecting rinse (oral and wounds)
  • Learning to harvest and "cure" wild herbs aka "wildcrafting"
To my knowledge there is no other school survival school in the nation that compares to STSC. As a student and a teacher myself I can always appreciate finding someone who actually knows something and can back it up with experience and intelligence.
— Richel H., Alumni, Public Yelp Review

Archery Level 1

(1 Day)


  1. Water bottle
  2. Lunch and snacks
  3. Sun protection/bug spray
  4. If you have your own equipment, bring it.

Location: Discovery Park

Register               Cost: $70 (Discount for groups of 3+)

Time: 10 AM  - 3 PM

Dates: TBD

Class Size: 3 - (minimum class size must be met)

Give it a shot

Learn to shoot in our exclusive 1-day program.  We will walk you through basic care and maintenance, terminology, stance and posture, steps to shooting, and taking the shot.  Our course is taught by USA Archery certified instructors who are skilled at working with all ages and abilities. While this particular course is geared for new or beginning archers, we can help even experienced archers improve their skills.  Whether you want to learn, want a refresher, or want to practice, this course is right for you.


  • Equipment repair/maintenance
  • Terminology
  • Stance and posture
  • Shooting
  • Range rules
  • Safety

Corporate, Team-Building, Private, Customizable Courses



  • U.S. Navy Search & Rescue (VX-31) & EOD
  • U.S Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
  • U.S. Air Force, Vandenburg Air Force Base Personnel
  • U.S. Air Force EOD
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • California Department of Justice
  • Kern County Fire Helicopter Crew 409
  • Craftsman Tools
  • Ford Motors
  • Facebook
  • Wounded Warrior Foundation
  • Hertz Foundation
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • Film promotions for; World War Z & After Earth
  • Buzzfeed
  • 72 & Sunny
  • Advisory Roles: History Channel & Discover Channel Projects
  • Fusion Network
  • and we hope you are next!

Location: Lake Concow/Big Sur/Free Flow Academy/Your Location/TBD

Register: Call us to work out details       Cost: TBD

Time: TBD

Dates: TBD

Class Size: TBD

Any Time, Anywhere, Any Goal

Here at Survival Training School of California we take great pride in saying that we are the experts at making you the expert. We have trained individuals and groups everywhere form the Danakil Desert of Ethiopia, to the Alaskan wilderness, to U.S. Military Bases. Whether you want a pocketknife-only field course, a speaker for your event, a leadership/teamwork development course, or you simply wish to take one of our regular courses one-on-one with an instructor, we can meet your needs.

Individuals: Private training in Northern California begins at $500 per day if on a weekday. You may select one of our regular courses or customize your curriculum. Cost includes all survival gear, foodstuffs/snacks, and instruction for up to two people. Take your skills to the next level and attain real-world proficiency with our expert instructors.

Corporations: We offer some of the most unique and powerful team and leadership-building experiences. There's nothing like training skills, that can mean life or death, to bring out your winning spirit. We can provide meals and snacks, or you can go "hardcore" and forage for everything (you can even trap a squirrel for dinner!). Come for a day of fun critical-thinking events or test yourself overnight in a survival shelter you've constructed. We even have ziplines and climbing walls at our disposal.

Military: Want to test your team with a real-world survival course but have no slots available in house? Want to take your survival training into the 21st century and continue to grow and develop cutting edge skills? Whether you want pocketknife-only field training, want to learn to do more with less, or need cross-climate skills training to prep for any environment in the world, Survival Training School of California has your training solutions.

{Your Instructors} were amazing! We really enjoyed their workshop, especially of course the firestarting. I have been telling people how great the Survival Training School of California is. Thank you again!
— M. Blewett, Hertz Foundation