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Tim Swanson
Wilderness Survival Skills Instructor
Shirley, Massachusetts
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Every custom course is priced specifically to that course. Many factors determine the price once I know: the duration of the program, the number of participants, course content and distance of travel.


Please feel free to ask me any questions that you have through email. Contact me to schedule a cool class! Thank you for your interest in learning with Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival. Please consider following me on Facebook and Instagram @owleyeswilderness.

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Hone your knowledge and experience with advanced wilderness skills to take on any challenge!

Advanced skills for hikers, backpackers, hunters, trail runners, or anyone wishing to enjoy the outdoors. Survival 4 will hone your knowledge and experience by providing you with advanced skills to take on any challenge.

This class is a continuation of the Alula Certification offered by Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival. This program is for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and skillset. Students will start at Survival 1- a 6 hour class, and work their way up to The OWL Challenge, a 6 day survival trip. A feather patch is given to show progress at the end of each class.

Survival 4 can be taken after successful completion of both Survival 2 & 3. 

Students will be rewarded with a certificate and patch at the end of this class.


  • Advanced Fire Building with the Bow Drill

  • 2 Advanced Knots

  • Coal Burning Wooden Bowls

  • Crafting and Hunting with the Atlatl

  • Animal Tracking

  • Celestial Navigation


*The required gear is highly recommended. The linked products above are quality and affordable compared to other things we have tested and OEWS will never recommend gear that we have not tested and approved ourselves.

If you are interested in a knife design developed by Tim Swanson, the lead instructor, please send a message to Jackson Mills of Freedom Forge and inquire about The Talon knife. The Talon knife is Tim's idea of a perfect survival knife for the needs of all of our classes and each one is handmade with custom handle and sheath options. They take a few weeks to make so please plan accordingly if you would like your knife to use in class. Depending on custom options, these knives sell for around $200.

This class is geared for adults, however mature minors are welcome to join. We do not set an age minimum but rather set a maturity standard. It is up to the parents to decide if they feel their child or teen is mature enough for a 6 hour survival class. All students are expected to maintain a level of respect for all students and carry themselves as individuals. If you feel your child will be interruptive to the flow of class, or hinder your independent learning, this class will not be for them and we encourage you to look at our children's survival classes, which are specifically structured for kids. Students below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The ticket price covers the cost of 1 student, regardless of age.

This class is held year round, completely outside, and runs rain or shine. If weather conditions make outdoor conditions unsafe, class will be cancelled and students can reschedule into another class.

E-mail with any questions.

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