Life’s tough. Are you ready?

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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 Wilderness 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 travel expenses. Paul is also available as a survival consultant to media firms, and TV and film production companies. His consultancy fee is $500 a day plus expenses. Why choose a SIA IV Instructor?

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. With prior notice and for a small extra charge, we can meet you at Sydney Airport and transport you to SSC. We can, with sufficient notice, provide on-site training anywhere in the world that is close to an airport.
“Comprehensive, professional and most of all, fun. Paul is a natural teacher who makes learning easy. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.” ~ Mark D., Toronto

What we do

We provide survival training on all levels, from absolute 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 survival principles.  We also offer a comprehensive program of first aid training in partnership with Sirius Wilderness Medicine. 
A beautiful view - but not so pleasant if you're lost.

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 overseas. Your vehicle is hijacked and you are held hostage. 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. Survival Training 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.  Our Survival Training program begins with the basics, each course building on the one before to bring the student from novice to competency using proven training methods and hands-on learning. Our 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 through to Wilderness First Responder, if you are planning a trip into the backcountry, consider investing in first aid training with our well-qualified Sirius instructors. Off Grid We also offer value-added courses with a broader emphasis on off grid living and long-term sustainability, as follows: Off Grid & 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 fitness. 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.

Survival School Canada

Paul Cobham, Chief Instructor at SSC. We are surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoilt wilderness.

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?




Where we are

Survival School Canada is located on the Cabot Trail in the highlands of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Our secluded and very private training facility comprises 25 acres with a further 100 acres a short hike away. Accommodation in our woodland campsites is quiet and private. Our 100 acres of forest is used for field trips and advanced training courses. The entire property is surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoiled and provincially protected Wilderness Area.
Our winter survival courses will teach you how to survive in these unforgiving conditions.