Peak District Survival School has been born out of Marks passion and personal interest in nature and wilderness living. His early interest in the outdoors was influence by his grandfather, a Dairy Farmer and Gamekeeper who taught him traditional country skills, an understanding of the use of trees, plants and a love of the wilderness.
Mark has worked as an outdoor education instructor for the past 15 years for a local authority Outdoor Centre and a range of other providers and private contractors. He has travelled extensively and used this as a learning experience to enhance his skills and knowledge of the natural world and wilderness living.
Mark lives in the Peak District and can be found most weekends enjoying the Peak Park both above and below ground!
Mark has extensive experience of delivering outdoor education to a wide client base including; schools groups, young people not in mainstream education, groups with challenging behaviour, family groups, corporate groups, teachers and military personnel. He is a regular presenter at Base Camp Festival.
He is a qualified trainer and assessor for Survival School Ltd, and holds Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living NCFE level 4 and a Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC)
Mark also researched, designed and accredited the Survival School CQ Level 3 Bread, Origin, History and Evolution Course.
In addition Mark has achieved National Governing Body Qualifications in the following disciplines:
Mountain Leader Training Executive – Mountain Leader Summer Award (ML) and Single Pitch Award (SPA)
Institute of Outdoor Learning – Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning
British Canoe Union (UKCC) – 3* Canoe, 3* Kayak and Level 2 Coach
Survival School NCFE Qualifications:
Survival School CQ Level 2 Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living
Survival School CQ Level 3 Applied Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Skills
Survival School CQ Level 3 Primitive Skills
Survival School CQ Level 4 Bushcraft, Survival and wilderness Living, Instructor and mentor
Survival School CQ Level 5 Course Director Diploma
Other relevant Certification
Data and Baring Service subscription (DBS) used to be Criminal Record Bureau
Wilderness First Aid Certificate
Archery Leader Award
Level 2 Food hygiene certificate
Child protection and safe guarding level