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Survival Training

Sunday, 27 January 2013 22:25 Written by  Craig Caudill

Many people have found the idea of the Law of Threes a valuable bit of information to apply to their own survival plans. However, knowing about an idea and actually putting that plan to work can make a person a little apprehensive. How can you make the concept a reality, easily retained, and used when the need arises?

It is fairly easy to read up on survival skills and possess the knowledge, but actually applying that knowledge into real life is not always quite so simple. We are going to give you a few tips on how to make that information a viable tool in your survival kit. Knowledge is power, but know-how is just as important. There are three key things you need to hone your survival skills:

  • Practice makes perfect
  • Practice under pressure
  • Learn form a qualified teacher

Practice Makes Perfect

You have heard it time and again, but practice is the only way to become really successful at anything. Just recently, my family and I spent some time camping. After being home for just a few days, we decided to head back into the woods. Unbeknownst to us, it became a training opportunity. My son happened to find a fallen hornet’s nest on the ground. He decided it would make a great tinder bundle! And guess what? It worked.

That one trip into the woods gave us the perfect opportunity to add to our cache of survival tricks. If the nest wouldn’t have worked as a good tinder bundle, no worries. We still would have learned something new. Not every failure is a true failure. It is a learning experience. These types of experiences only happen if you get out there and make them happen. Practice doesn’t mean only honing a skill you already have. It also means learning to adapt.

Practice Under Pressure

This is essential to your survival. It isn’t hard to start a fire with a nice dry tinder bundle and a set of matches. You need to practice starting a fire, putting together a shelter and other crucial aspects to survival in conditions that are less than pleasant. It is imperative a person has a full set of skills and knowledge to survive in any situation, with whatever is available. Your survival kit may not always be on hand. Learning how to compensate for a lack of gear or supplies today, can help you if it ever happens in the future. True emergencies are not the time to learn how to make do with what you have at hand. You will feel more confident in your ability to take care of yourself and family in any situation if you have practiced under pressure.

Learn From a Qualified Teacher

Enhance your skills and knowledge with the help of somebody who really knows all about survival. You won’t be able to find a fancy certification to verify a potential trainer’s ability. Be wary of anybody who teaches with a “my way is the only way” method. That simply isn’t true. Survival situations require a great deal of flexibility and ingenuity.

Once you have found a good instructor, listen. Gain all the wisdom you can from that person and store it away in your memory bank. Use their knowledge combined with what you already know. Tweak it and make it work for you. Many of these trainers have lived it and have made the mistakes, which is why they can tell you the best way that worked for them. Save yourself the time and trouble and don’t repeat the same mistakes.

Author Description: Craig Caudill encourages practicing with survival tools and freely shares his knowledge at Dan’s Depot. He is also a nature instructor.

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