Lessons & Training

Survival Skills Course and Training

All backcountry recreation enthusiasts risk getting lost or stranded for a short time in the outdoors. NOC’s wilderness survival classes teach you how to survive--and even thrive--in such situations. With a diverse group of instructors ranging from international expedition team leaders, to biology teachers and primitive skills instructors, NOC’s elite team offers the best in survival learning. NOC instructors lead you in fun survival and primitive skills exercises here in the Nantahala National Forest, showing you how to work with nature and its resources to survive.

Outdoor School Courses

Wilderness Survival Training: Level 1 Course

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $185

Dates: June 20-21, August 22-23, October 3-4

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to survive the critical first 72-hours in this 2-day course. Instructors will guide you through 6 essential concepts. Learn More

Wilderness Survival Training: Level 2 Course

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $185

Dates: May 30-31

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to manage your situation after the 72-hour rescue window is over. Instructors teach survival and primitive living skills. Learn More

Backcountry Survival Instructor Training

Duration: 5 Days

Price Per Person: $399.99

Dates: June 8-12, September 21-25

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to organize, lead and teach wilderness skills in this 5-day course. Ideal for outdoor program professionals. Learn More

Private Wilderness Survival Instruction

Duration: Single to Multi-Day

Price Per Person: Starting at $110

Dates: Available Year-Round

Location: Bryson City, NC

Tailor a Wilderness Survival Course to fit your needs. Learn about fire starting, natural shelters and more. Learn More