Participating in the Falcons Survivor Course will teach you the basic concepts of  survival in order to become self-reliant. This 3-day 2-night Course has both practical as well as classroom type training. Essentially the Falcons Course will help you deal with a 72-hour survival scenario, while taking care of yourself and effecting self-rescue or getting rescued by third parties.

The Course is conducted in a simulated survival scenario and comes built-in with the associated degrees of difficulty as far as food, water, shelter and sleep deprivation is concerned. Participants are taught how to overcome such situations and make the best of a difficult situation. Food has to be prepared with elements foraged from the environment or cooked with the provisions provided. Water has to be found, disinfected/purified before drinking. There are night-time tasks that have to be completed.

This is not an adventure weekend, but an intense an aggressive skills learning Course. Participants have to complete assigned tasks and attain at least 80% marks in the written test to get certified.

Who can participate?

Anyone over 18 years of age can participate in the Falcons Course. Basic levels of fitness are required since the Course is physically demanding. However, mental toughness is also called for, since participants will be outside their comfort zone for around 60 hours. Food and water deprivation couple with the lack of sleep - either forced or brought on by circumstances - will ensure that mental fatigue sets in fast. Participants have to be prepared to rough it out and take control of adverse and trying conditions.

Under-18 participants

In certain cases, children below the age of 18 years can participate in an under-18-only Course. These are either organised through Schools or as camps. In either case, supervising adults are mandatory. There has to be one supervising adult for every ten participants - ten is the minimum number of participants for the under-18 Course.

How does the Course run?

  • Arrive at Camp by 8am on the first day of the Course
  • Bring all listed equipment
  • Get safety instructions
  • 'Classroom' sessions explaining skills throughout the duration of the Course
  • Practical demonstration of skills
  • Day-end assignments - theoretical or practical or both
  • Written Test prior to certification

Modules of the Course

  • Basic kitting for survival
  • The 7 Ps of survival
  • Shelter construction
  • Firecraft
  • Water purification
  • Navigation and cartography
  • Signalling tips and tricks
  • Improvised weapons and tools
  • 12 basic knots
  • Survival first aid

What should participants bring?

The following is a list of the items that have to be brought by each participant. These are all items that will be required during the Course.

Shelter 1 unit Mylar blanket or Thermal blanket
  1 unit Bivy tent or Hammock
  1 unit Tarp sheet (10'x10') with 16 grommets
Fire 1 unit Small magnifying glass
  1 unit Ferrocerium rod or MagBar
  2 units Disposable cigarette lighters
Food 1 unit Mess tin (optional in case canteen has no nesting cup)
  1 unit Metal cup ( not necessary if canteen has a nesting cup)
  1 unit Cutlery tool (if you do not want to get your fingers dirty when eating)
Water 1 unit Metal canteen (with nesting cup preferably)
  1 unit Filtration equipment (LifeStraw or Mini Sawyer or equivalent)
Signalling 1 unit Signalling mirror
  1 unit Whistle (preferably multipurpose)
  1 unit Headlamp
  1 unit Flashlight
Navigation 1 unit Compass (Sighting or Lensatic)
Tools 1 unit Knife (8"+ blade, full tang)
  1 unit Folding Saw or Commando Saw
  1 unit Swiss Army Knife (optional, but good to have)
  6 units Heavy duty drum liners
  50 feet Paracord
Personal items 1 unit Bandana or Shemagh
  2 units Half sleeve T-shirt
  2 units Full sleeve T-shirt (optional in summers)
  1 unit Warm jacket (not required in summers)
  1 unit Cap / Hat
  1 unit Poncho
  1 unit Camp towel
  1 unit Cargo trousers
  1 pair Boots with ankle support
  1 pair Slippers or floaters
  2 pairs Socks
  1 pair Sun shades
  1 tube Sun block (SPF 15)
  1 bottle Hand sanitiser
  1 roll Toilet paper
    Personal medication
    Notepad and pen

In case you want us to arrange for the items let us know at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the Course and we will organise them for you. You can either buy the items or rent them for the duration of the Course.

My Survival KitWhere is it conducted?

We have just finalised our campsite at Chafi near Bhimtal in Uttarakhand. It is a wonderful location, tucked away in a valley, with a river running along the camp and right alongside the roadhead.Take a look at a "first look" video of Camp Chafi.

OTA Survival School Camp ChafiNumber of participants required to run a Course

There is a requirement of a minimum of two and a maximum of 20 participants to run the Falcons Course. Since the Course does not run on fixed dates, it is advised that a group of like-minded people form the quorum so that the Course can be run. In case there are other interested people, without adequate numbers, two or more such groups may be combined for a Course.

Fees for the Falcons Course

  • 2 to 6 participants: Rs 10,000 per participant
  • 7 to 12 participants: Rs 8,000 per participant
  • 12 to 15 participants: Rs 6,000 per participant
  • 16 to 20 participants: Rs 5,000 per participant

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