Survival School Team

  1. Jonny Crockett

    Jonny Crockett

    Jonny Crockett

    Survival School was established in 1997 by Jonny Crockett to provide a place of learning for those who wanted to know more about bushcraft and the wilderness. Jonny Crockett still runs most of the courses himself. It is his personal attention to detail and his enthusiasm for the subject that has helped to make Survival School what it is – A place of good fun and good learning.

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  2. Brett Selby

    Brett Selby

    Brett Selby

    Growing up in a rural area, Brett spent his spare time in the woods building shelters, or by the river searching for signs or wildlife.  He can often be found walking the moors and woodlands of Yorkshire, oftern with no other reason than to not spend the days indoors.

    A long suffering Land Rover enthusiast, he is a keen bush mechanic and has off-road driving experience.  he has climbed in the UK ( including a single rope abseil of 275′ at Malham), France, Germany and the US.  An accomplished knife maker, Brett has completed several commissions on his homemade hand powered forge.

    In addition to Expedition canoeing in Scotland and Husky Trekking in Northern Sweden, he has completed Temperate and Arctic Winter Survival, Wilderness Cookery, Tracking and Blacksmithing courses.

    As he says, “While there is always more to learn about different facets of bushcraft, these

    apparently separate parts van be seen as a whole.  Perhaps it’s the same for other people, but in the woods, I feel myself re-connecting with things that I had forgotten about.”

     

    Brett always enjoys teaching, especially when helping and encouraging others to overcome their own boundaries.

    He is a modest man and would never sing his own praises, but we are lucky to have him at Survival School.

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  3. Richard Mason

    Richard Mason

    Richard Mason

    Richard’s association with the outdoors began through the Army Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, leading him to the many mountainous areas of Britain. He found himself increasingly drawn to the wilder and remote locations such as Dartmoor and especially the North West Highlands and Islands of Scotland, which quickly became favourite haunts.

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  4. Stacey Allsopp

    Stacey Allsopp

    Coming from a military family, Stacey’s youth was spent mostly outdoors, wild camping all over the U.K. during the school holidays, learning backwoods cooking techniques and other bushcraft skills from his parents.

    As soon as he could he joined the army cadets where his thirst for knowledge on survival skills really took off. Eventually he joined the British Army serving in many environments both at home and abroad.

    Now living in Cornwall with his young family, who are also keen bushcrafters, Stacey says you’d have a hard job finding them most of the time.  If he is not teaching with Survival School then they’re out in the canoe, tucked away in the woods or holed up on Dartmoor.

    Staceys special interest is in the vast array of wild, edible, medicinal and poisonous plants.  His methodical and disciplined approach to identification is perfect for passing on this knowledge.
    Above all of this though Stacey says what ever you’re doing if you’re not having loads of fun, you’re doing it wrong.

     

     

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  5. Dan Burdus

    Dan Burdus

    Dan Burdus

    Dan was born a ‘Man of Kent’, with the North Kent Downs on his doorstep. He spent most of his teenage years roaming the ancient chalk downs and patchwork woodland with a bunch of likeminded friends, enjoying the adventures of youth. Set firmly on the idea of an outdoor life, he joined the British Army in 1986 and enjoyed a full career, serving 22 years; Dan travelled the world, including Europe, Central America, South East Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He now works in the Horticultural and Arboricultural industry. Dan is married to an Army Officer, and is an expert at eating peas properly from a fork at dinner parties.

     

     

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  6. Scott Murray

    Scott Murray

    Scott Murray

    Scott’s love of the great outdoors began at a young age, with his family’s annual holiday on the North West coast of Scotland, a place he still visits regularly. Although originally a Londoner he now lives in rural Exmoor with his wife and two sons.

    Scott works as a full time Outdoor Skills Instructor and Vocational Assessor. He is an Accredited Outdoor Practitioner & holds the Mountain Leaders Award. He is also involved in training young people for their Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions and is an Accredited Expedition Assessor.

    Time in the Reserve Forces led him into instructing Army Cadets and for 8 years ran an Army Cadet Detachment. During this time he was involved in training teams for the Ten Tors competition. Scott is now part of the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team and their Assistant Crag Rescue Team Officer.

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  7. Graham Fitton

    Graham Fitton

    Graham Fitton

    Graham’s first survival experience happened when we has just 10 years old.  He ran away with two tins of beans and half a packet of sugar puffs.  He lasted 4 days.  A couple of years later he started to study animals and their habitats and learnt how to trap and snare.  At 16, he joined the army a developed his passion for climbing.  He has climbed, worked and practised his bushcraft and survival skills all over Europe, North and South America, South Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

    After leaving the Army he completed MLTE and SPA training and has taught climbing and moorland/mountain walking.  He fell in love with the Pennines and now spends time on them every single day with his dogs.  He took six months off work and travelled through Africa on a motorbike until he run out of visas and came home via Norway for a change of scenery.  Graham works with a charity mentoring young people who have lost their way.  Teaching DofE and taking disadvantaged young people out into the country side.  Graham is interested in geology, archaeological landscapes, natural navigation, folklore, wood carving and stone masonry. Read more »

  8. Ian Moran

    Ian Morgan

    Ian Moran

    Ian grew up in Perthshire, where he would spend his school holidays in the hills of Blair Atholl and Crieff.  His love of the outdoors lead him to the army where he was posted both at home and abroad.  After leaving the army, Ian worked for the British Military Government in Berlin, until German Reunification.

    He then spent a couple of years travelling around Europe, often living from a rucksack.  This is where he developed a great respect for Bushcraft and Survival skills, trying where ever possible, to live from the land.  After realising all rabbit tasted the same, he returned home to Perth, where he now lives with his wife and young son.

    Over the last 10 years, Ian has tried just about every adventure sport, including caving, abseiling, climbing and canoeing.  He is keen on natural navigation and foraging and has also completed courses on friction fire lighting and map reading.  He has just finished a course on wild food.

    Ian also has a passion for winter camping and can be found in the woods around Perth most weekends when the mercury plummets.  As he has said, if you can master bushcraft during the winter months in Scotland, you can do it pretty much anywhere.  Ian is always keen to learn new skills to pass on to others.  He gets great enjoyment here at Survival School seeing others achieving things for the first time.

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  9. Andy Froy

    Andy Froy

    Andy’s love of the wilderness started at a young age and as soon as he could he joined the Air Cadets where his thirst for knowledge of survival skills really took off.
    Then whilst attending basic military survival training within the Royal Marines he fell in love with the art of wilderness survival, which in turn lead him into the fascinating world of bushcraft and wilderness living.  He attended a course with Survival School and the rest is history.

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  10. Dave Corper

    Dave was born is South East London and his family moved to rural Kent, where he and his friends spent most of their time fishing and building fires and shelters in the woods surrounding his home.  His love of the outdoors led him to join the army where he completed the All Arms Commando course, which saw him travelling to Norway numerous times for arctic weather training, the jungles of Borneo, Canada and closer to home Dartmoor and the wilds of Scotland.

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  11. Paul Rose

    Paul Rose

    Paul became interested in primitive living and adventure during extensive travels around South East Asia after university – he spent many months living in small villages in the jungles of Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos trekking with local guides, learning about the beliefs of the indigenous populations, using the natural resources of the jungle and observing the uncomplicated techniques used to live successfully in these areas.

    Paul’s basic survival skills and love for the outdoors developed further through trekking, sea kayaking, wild camping & foraging around Australia, New Zealand, Borneo, North Africa, Norway, Nepal and the UK through both summer and winter months where valuable lessons were learnt on the importance of preparation before venturing into the wilderness and the psychological aspects of stays for longer periods of time during more extreme conditions. “They weren’t always intentional lessons but that’s the beauty of mother nature, she does like to try and catch you out sometimes….!”

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  12. Steve Lock

    Steve was born in London but knew early on that city life was not for him.  Fortunately his family moved to Buckinghamshire and then Dorset.  Growing up with freedoms unknown to most of todays children he explored all the opportunities available to him, water based sports, fishing rivers and sea, exploring coast, woodland and water meadows, raft building, shelter building, lighting fires to cook crayfish or mackerel and generally enjoying the outdoors. Later Steve discovered shooting & was able to shoot over a number of locations in the West Dorset countryside.  He was introduced to & instructed by his fellow shooters in field craft, countryside skills and the use & care of cutting tools, at the time he did not realise the significance of this to his future life style.

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