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This link is to a recent newspaper article on the Victorian Wilderness Survival Course, Click here.

The links below will let you listen to Bob's recent radio interviews on survival and water management in survival situations:

Bob Cooper Intro.mp3

Bob Cooper Water.mp3

This link is to frequently asked questions on the WA Outback Survival Course, Click here.
This link is to frequently asked questions on the Victorian Wilderness Survival Course, Click here.

Women's Survival Course

Women's Survival Course

"In a survival situation women are more likely and are expected to defer to men - reasoning that they 'naturally know what to do', even if the men in the situation have never received survival training! Don't let this happen to you."

This women's survival course is specifically designed for women of all ages to share and grow in a safe environment. To enable women to become fully qualified in bush survival skills without relying on or the restriction or support from partners with discussions and physical skills.

This sanctions and empowers them to have an effective and positive impact with their ability to contribute with confidence in the decision making in a real crisis situation.

Survival situations cannot be anticipated, they just happen and if the person in charge - is you - could you cope?

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WA Outback Survival Course

WA Outback Survival Course

Survival situations can not be anticipated, they just happen. Whether or not you survive such a situation largely depends on the decisions you make in the first few hours. Your decisions can be made easier if you have had some training in what is known as bush survival.

These courses are conducted near Chidlow, one hour’s drive from Perth in the Hills.

The course starts Friday 4.00pm and finishes Sunday afternoon around 3.00pm

You will have 2 nights bush camping with a campfire classroom set up for all those interested in learning or honing their basic/advanced survival knowledge on how to have a safer or more adventurous wilderness experience, and of course what to do when ‘Plan A’ is not going the way you intended it to.

Many irrational fears cloud people’s engagement with our wilderness – even in the bushlands of suburbia. The fear of snakes, spiders, becoming lost and being alone are all acquired fears. Survival skills can replace fear with respect for, and trust in, nature. Such knowledge enables people to walk freely and feel safer in our natural environment. As a society we need to recapture the survival skills and empathy with nature which our ancestors instinctively knew. True appreciation and understanding of our natural environment may be the only factor that saves it, and, on occasions, us.

This course is a contribution to this necessary new awareness.

Subjects covered include:

  • Psychology of survival
  • Navigation
  • Water procurement techniques
  • Alternative fire-lighting methods
  • Edible and medicinal plants
  • Avoiding poisoning by toxic vegetation
  • Stellar and solar navigation
  • Modern and traditional survival skills
  • Snake awareness
  • Useful and harmful sea coast creatures
  • Day and night signals
  • Plus many more useful lessons to make your outings safer.

The course fee: $695.00 (includes GST) per person

Your fee includes:

  • 2 nights & 2 days of practical and theoretical instruction in the bush with Bob Cooper and Cameron Large
  • All meals and accommodation fees on the weekend are included
  • Your own Bob Cooper Survival Kit valued at $89.95
  • Your own Snake Bite Treatment Kit valued at $21.95
  • Your own HELP Survival Blanket valued at $19.99

On successful completion of the course, you will be presented with the Outback Survival Certificate.

Detailed joining instructions will be sent to all participants prior to the course commencing.

This link is to frequently asked questions on the WA Outback Survival Course, Click here.

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Victorian Survival Course

Victorian Survival Course

“Every survivor must remember one salient fact: anything is possible. The only thought you can allow, is one that directs your own course of action.” Laurence Gonzales “Deep Survival”

Whenever we expose ourselves to the great outdoors, to adventure, the possibility for a survival scenario exists. Any one of a number of factors can conspire to change our carefully crafted plan into a potential tragedy. Weather events, equipment loss or failure, vehicle breakdowns, injury or illness, geographical embarrassment, geological events, group issues or dynamics – all have the potential to shift our experience in an instant from pleasant and planned to out of control.

What would you fear the most in that instant? How would you control and use fear and other emotions to your advantage? How would you prevent a mishap becoming a tragedy?

This course will give you the five essential priorities for survival, as well as insights into your personal survival psychology. The five priorities are relevant whether you are in Victoria, Vanuatu or Venezuela.

“The only thing certain is that nothing is certain” Bob Cooper

Course will be held at Anglesea Recreation Camp which is 1.5 hours out of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road so you will be enjoying both beach and bush walks.


I attended Bob Cooper's weekend survival course in late 2012 in Victoria. It was well run, extremely informative and had a friendly relaxed atmosphere. If you have read any other testimonials or viewed Bob Cooper's resume you will have read what a competent friendly man Bob is and that people get a lot out of his courses.

I am adding a few words for anyone who thinks the course content is perhaps too basic or provides predominately teaching for those that are beginners in outdoor activities as I thought before attending the course. While beginners may perhaps gain the most from this course it is applicable to anyone regardless of experience. I have spent the last 5 years working in remote Australia as well as travelling extensively through Africa and through the Middle East with minimal supplies and while considering myself competent in survival skills I was still able to learn so much from this course, as were many others that were even more experienced than I.

Bob believes that knowledge is what holds panic at bay and that panic is often the greatest danger in a survival situation. This course provides you with the knowledge and tools to best survive life threatening situations. It also prepares you for that eventuality. For example once you have mastered how to make fire, you will probably be more inclined to carry a few extra lighters throughout your gear and at least one in a waterproof case.

Bob is a teacher with an enormous wealth of knowledge and those attending the course bring with them their own stories and examples that everyone can learn from, even Bob. It is a course for beginners and experts alike and will provide you with an addition piece of mind the next time you decide to enter one of the less visited parts of this beautiful world.

Ben Weigl

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Advanced Survival Course

Advanced Survival Course

Survival situations cannot be planned for but they can be anticipated. The success or failure often depends on the person’s ability to cope with the unexpected change in plans and capitalise on what natural resources are available and their survival kit contents.

Bob Cooper’s Advanced Australian Survival Course offers you not only the knowledge of how to cope with just the minimal basic resources but also the opportunity to put those skills into practice.

Conducted in as real as possible scenario, in a remote location in the Pilbara Region of WA.

Join Bob Cooper and his other instructional staff all with their own experience and specialities to share with the group.

Outline of course and details sent on request. Full joining instructions sent to you prior to departure.

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Snake Handling

Snake Handling

This one day course is designed for people who would like or need to know how to remove reptiles, namely snakes, from dwellings safely. Then relocate them properly back into their bush environment.

Subjects covered:
Psychology of fear
Legal responsibilities
First aid treatment
Catching equipment/dress code
Holding containers/bags
Correct catching techniques
Live snake-catching scenarios

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This two day course is designed to be the tracking skills component requirement for a First Response – Search and Rescue Team members.

Bob learnt his traditional tracking skills from Australian Aboriginal people, the Kalahari Bushman in Botswana and the Texas Parks and Wildlife service. He has conducted tracking courses for mining companies including Newmont and Newcrest also courses for the general public and agencies including Parks and Wildlife Dept.,National Park Rangers,Wildlife Officers and Dept of Defence. He is a frequent guest on talkback radio, and has appeared in several major television documentaries including BBC's WildVision and Discovery programmes, 60 Minutes anda National Geographic America feature on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the author of “Outback Survival”.


Day one training, day two full search scenario.


  • To develop the skills and confidence required to be an effective First Response Team member and a “Tracker” in a team during a search and rescue operation.
  • Cultivate the basis of comradeship and trust throughout the team.
  • To prevent a lost person’s mishap becoming a tragedy.


Day one comprises of a series of demonstrations then lessons on how to track a person in bush settings of various vegetation/soil types. After the completion of the theory/practical phase: Day two will be an - as real as possible search for a missing persons from a vehicle stranded in a bush location near Perth.

The participants must act as an effective team to solve the clues both at the scene and in the bush. They must track down and find the missing persons. Note: this day does not finish until all those missing are found.


  • Psychology of Fear
  • Mental effects of heat and dehydration on humans
  • Pacing sticks and their uses
  • Tracks and signs
  • Modern and traditional tracking skills
  • Practical solo and team tracking techniques
  • Practical tracking scenario to find missing persons

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Group & Corporate Team Building Courses

Group & Corporate Team Building Courses

Bob has been designing courses for 20+ years to suit company requirements from corporate team building to Remote Area training and beyond. Bob is a well versed guest speaker on survival components and Fear as a tool.

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Group And Corporate Team Building Courses

Individually designed incorporating survival, off road driving and search and rescue training.

Bob has been designing courses for 20+ years to suit company requirements from corporate team building to Remote Area training and beyond.

Group size - minimum of 10

Prices available on application.