Survival School Canada
The first and only civilian Survival School in North
America with a SIA Level IV Instructor. Authentic,
accessible, relevant survival strategies for today’s
world. Life’s tough. Are you ready?
What we do
We provide survival
training on all levels,
beginner through to
expert. We teach families,
individuals, groups, media crews
and corporate teams. Custom
courses are available upon
request. We also provide
instructor training using the SIA
IV course from the UK, the only
civilian survival instructor course
designed around proven SAS
We also offer a comprehensive
program of first aid training in
partnership with Sirius
Where we are
We are located on
125 private acres in
Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia. Our main
property backs onto Crown land
and we are adjacent to a
Wilderness Preserve. Our
secondary location is 150 private
acres of woodland on the edge of
a lake in Northern Ontario. We
are also able, at certain times of
the year, to run courses in
Nunavut, the Canadian Arctic
Territory. Field trips to the UK
(Scotland and Wales) are
available as an adjunct to certain
of our courses.
Why choose SSC?
Paul Cobham, SIA IV, is ex-British
Military (Retired) with 30 years’
experience in the field of survival.
SIA IV is currently the highest
survival instructor level in the
world, and the only civilian
survival instructor training course
designed around proven SAS
survival principles. Paul’s friendly
and down to earth approach
turns learning into an adventure.
A certified Canadian Red Cross
First Responder, Paul is also well
qualified to perform first aid in a
wilderness setting. From its
secluded location in the
highlands of Cape Breton, to the
relevant and hands-on teaching
style of its instructors, SSC gives
its clients a truly unique,
personalized survival experience.
Private classes with Paul are
available: email for details.
Paul’s rate for speaking
engagements is $250.00 plus
Why choose a SIA IV Instructor?
Life’s Tough. Are You Ready?
You’re out hiking in the backcountry, and
get turned around, unsure of the
direction of your campsite. It’s getting
dark. What do you do?
You’re on a winter camping trip with your
family. One of your children falls into icy
water, and is losing body heat rapidly.
What do you do?
You’re a CEO on an important business trip. Your plane goes down in the
mountains of a hostile country. What do you do?
These are real-life situations that people have found themselves faced with.
Life can change at the drop of a hat, and if you’re not adequately prepared,
it can turn real nasty real quick. Here at SSC we understand the “what-if
scenario,” and we will teach you the skills you need to meet these kinds of
situations with confidence.
We offer a range of civilian-level courses from absolute beginner all the way
through to instructor level training. We can also design custom courses for
individuals or corporations based on real life scenarios or specific threats,
while at the same time ensuring your privacy and confidentiality.
If you spend time in the outdoors, or travel to foreign countries, and are
concerned about your ability to survive an immediate wilderness emergency,
natural disaster, or hostile action, then our survival courses should be of
interest to you.
Seasonally oriented, our courses are designed to provide relevant, hands-on
training in the skills of modern survival. We also offer certificate courses
through the Survival Training Award Scheme (STAS). All STAS courses come
with a certificate of achievement for the successful participant.
First Aid Training
SSC offers first aid training in partnership with Sirius Wilderness Medicine.
From basic CPR-AED training, through to Wilderness First Responder, if you
are planning a trip into the back country, consider investing in first aid
training with our well-qualified Sirius instructors.
We also offer value-added courses with a broader emphasis on wilderness
living and long-term sustainability, as follows:
Wilderness Living Skills
Training, when carried out in its proper context, combined with the
practice of wilderness living skills in a natural environment, enhances
the understanding and appreciation of nature on its own terms.
At SSC, survival skills are integrated with environmental awareness as
much as possible, so that you should eventually become both
physically and mentally comfortable in the natural wilderness.
Long Term Survival & Sustainable Living
Long term survival and sustainability requires a knowledge of, but is
not limited to, off grid alternate power systems, organic crop growing,
water purification, sewer and waste disposal, health, wellbeing and
At our Cape Breton facility we are totally off grid. We can show you
how to achieve long term sustainability and live quite comfortably.
Surviving the initial situation is just the first step; at SSC we go above and
beyond regular survival training towards a lifestyle of preparedness,
independence and self-sufficiency.
Getting to Cape Breton:
Halifax International Airport handles flights from Europe, USA and Canada,
then it is a short 40 minute flight to Cape Breton’s Sydney Airport.
We will meet you or your group and transport you to SSC.
We can, with sufficient notice, provide on-site training anywhere in the world
that is close to an airport.
professional and most of
all, fun. Paul is a natural
teacher who makes
learning easy. I couldn’t
recommend him more
~ Mark D., Toronto
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