Are you a born survivor?
Are you a born survivor?
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy has arrived in Africa, launching their popular courses in Victoria Fallsin January this year. The courses are targeted to die-hard fans of the legendary former SAS soldier and survival expert and are run out of the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve.
The latest Bear Grylls offering includes their Ultimate Teambuilding Course – specifically tailored to the corporate world, this bespoke high-energy programme is unlike any other outdoor-based experience. Courses are purposely designed to drive participants to work smarter, not harder. Ideally suited to organisations looking for results-driven team building, staff incentives and corporate events, the Ultimate courses bring individuals face to face with a little bit of healthy Bear Grylls adrenaline!
These courses challenge and test the all-round strength and determination of participants, with insightful results for individuals, and a more dynamic team for organisations. Designed by Bear Grylls, the courses are led by his team of official Survival Academy instructors who have worked alongside him in challenging environments around the globe.
A combination of land-and-water, survival-and-adventure team tasks that culminate in a wilderness expedition in a remote location will put the participants’ new-found skills to the test. Techniques learned on the course include building emergency shelters, knife use for survival, rappelling, extreme weather survival, river crossings, as well as foraging for grubs and rodents as part of Bear’s ‘gross eat’ challenge. For the ultimate experience teams can participate in a Bear-Grylls style helicopter drop off or hover jump, or travel across challenging terrain in a 4x4.
Each course is tailor-made to meet the objectives and budgets of every business - whether it is an incentive experience, a team building exercise for staff, or management and leadership development. The courses can be anything from a few hours, a full day, overnight or longer periods depending what businesses set out to achieve.
“Everything I have learnt about business was first learnt from the wild,” says Bear Grylls. “Trust, risk management, going that extra mile, dynamic teamwork and honest communication. There is nothing like trying to light a fire, or cross a river, to force you to re-engage some left brain initiative and right brain calm-in-the-storm.
“This course is aimed to be fun, exciting, bonding and memorable. I also want to empower participants to learn some core skills that not only might save a life, but will undoubtedly help teams gel, get resourcefulness to increase and pride to swell through embracing a little bit of healthy Bear Grylls adrenalin!” He adds, “Oh, and it may hurt a little.”
Bear Grylls has become known around the world as the most recognised face of survival and outdoor adventure, with experience gained during his seven seasons of Man vs. Wild/Born Survivor, and the many skills learnt from his time with the British Reserve Special Forces.
To deliver the course, the Academy has teamed up with Mantis, known for high quality hotel and eco lodge experiences combined largely with conservation. Paul Gardiner, the group marketing director of Mantis explained “Our aim is to inspire people to reconnect with the natural world and the course will give people a really raw but fulfilling experience, hopefully leaving people feeling challenged but with big smiles on their faces!”
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