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.
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
Modules of the Course
- Basic kitting for survival
- The 7 Ps of survival
- Shelter construction
- 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)|
|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|
|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||Camp towel|
|1 unit||Cargo trousers|
|1 pair||Boots with ankle support|
|1 pair||Slippers or floaters|
|1 pair||Sun shades|
|1 tube||Sun block (SPF 15)|
|1 bottle||Hand sanitiser|
|1 roll||Toilet paper|
|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.
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.
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
If you are interested to participate, fill the form below and let us know.