The Bear Grylls Survival Academy has arrived in Ireland

Posted on September 30th, 2015

The scene is set at the Adventure Zone in Carton House, Maynooth, as a select few members of the Irish Press complete the intensive 5 hour “Introduction to Self Rescue” Programme and learn Bear’s essential survival techniques.


Xtreme.ie has partnered with the internationally-reknowned Bear Grylls Survival Academy (BGSA) to launch a series of survival courses to the Irish Corporate market.  The day’s fast-paced itinerary was based on Bear Grylls’ principles of Dynamic Self Rescue for any environment (urban or wild) and related skills such as fire, knifehandling, shelter building, trapping, foraging and ropeskills.

After a warm welcome at luxurious Carton House hotel participants from all walks of live were put through their paces. This all-terrain course included practical skills, self-rescue scenarios, climbing challenges and cross-country navigation on foot and by Landrover.

Xtreme.ie and BGSA Ireland had their fleet of offroad vehicles in use throughout the day – including three of the last Landrover Defenders built for the Irish market!



While it was a mere taster compared to full course there was little something for everyone to take away. Our favourite survival quotes from the day’s coverage include:

“You are never in any danger on the day-long version that I took part in. The leaders are fully trained and have travelled the world to take part in further training across a variety of different terrains and emergency situations. They know how to save you if there is a problem, but they also want to let you learn and try different experiences.”
Daragh Keany, Sunday World
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“We also discovered that tampons are very useful accessories. They can be used on small wounds and are very useful when starting a fire. Who knew? Then all you need is some kindling of different sizes arranged in a lattice to get the fire going.”
Adelina Campos, Irish Mirror
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“The instructors told us that the average human can last three weeks without food and while many things growing in the wild are unsafe to eat, insects are virtually risk free. So I was presented with a couple of ‘appetisers’ — an earthworm and a mealworm.”
Alan Hartnett, The Sun
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“Paraphrasing Bear’s all-important ‘Rule of Three’, instructor Josh Valentine — who jetted in from the US especially for the occasion — reckons you can survive three weeks without food and three days without water, but only about three minutes with the wrong attitude.”
Deidre Reynolds, Irish Examiner
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Survival Skills for Everybody:

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy focuses on experiential learning has courses tailored to corporate teams, individuals and families. BGSA Ireland caters mainly to corporate groups and operates mostly from the long-standing Xtreme.ie Adventure Zone at Carton House in Maynooth. In addition to that they have setup survival stations throughout the island of Ireland.

International Courses: www.beargryllssurvivalacademy.com 
Courses on the Island of Ireland: www.BearGryllsSurvivalAcademy.ie

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