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Instructor Training Course (Winter Module)- Adirondacks

January 14 @ 8:00 am - January 18 @ 5:00 pm


The Instructor Training Course is a joint program between The Pathfinder School and the Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group that is designed to provide you with the training you need so that you can become a Wilderness Survival Instructor.

We understand that not everyone will have enough time off to take the entire 42-day course consecutively (although some will). The course is broken down into individual modules so that it can be taken consecutively, or pieced together over time as a candidates schedule and finances permit. Adequate time is given between modules to allow for travel between training locations.

Who is this course for?

This Instructor Training Course is the most intensive survival instructor training available. No experience necessary. It is meant for those that have little to no experience but want to learn, people that already have skills and experience but want to enhance their skills and marketability, and everyone in between.

This course is not just about being able to perform skills. It is about being able to perform and teach these skills, on demand, in a variety of conditions and environments. This course will be both mentally and physically challenging. Candidates will be required to learn skills to a higher level. More importantly, they will be trained and evaluated on their ability to instruct those skills to others.

Instructor Candidates who successfully complete this training will receive a certification from both the Pathfinder School LLC and the Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group LLC. In addition, candidates will receive a Wilderness First Responder certificate from Off-Grid Medic, LLC.

Who can attend?

For 2019, candidates may attend the Winter Survival module prior to attending any other module so that graduation can be accomplished on schedule.

Instructor Training Course Winter Survival Module

Module 5 of the Instructor Training Course will be taught at the Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group school location in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. This phase will teach winter-specific skills that will be a blend of both modern and primitive techniques set in a cold weather environment. This module is 5 days in duration.

Instructor Candidates will learn skills in fire craft, survival shelters, and water and food procurement. In addition, candidates will receive training in land navigation and survival signals. Candidates that successfully complete this module can continue on to the other modules and further enhance their skills while gaining familiarity and valuable experience in different environments.

Required Equipment List: click here!

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued after 14 days prior to the scheduled start date and time of each Phase.


All students are required to read and sign the Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group LLC Waiver of Liability and Release.

Graduation Policy:

This is a Certification Course. All Instructor Candidates must successfully complete each module to receive a certification. Recycles maybe authorized for a particular module dependent upon the circumstances and is at the sole discretion of the cadre. Voluntarily withdrawing from a module (quitting/tapping out) will not be afforded a recycle or refund.

Physical injuries that do not allow an Instructor Candidate to continue will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Medical recycles are at the sole discretion of the Primary Instructor and most senior medical staff for that module.

Recycles will be at an additional cost to the Instructor Candidate. The cost will vary depending on the module, but will be on par with the daily rate of the entire course.


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