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Critical Conditions Survival Course

Life skills for critical incidents


Over the past few years we've seen things in our society we never thought we'd see: empty store shelves, vast power outages, huge increases in prices of basic commodities, unprecedented flooding (Calgary) and threats of war. The unlikely has become real, and we'll continue to see these types of events in the future. Those who think ahead, and plan for the future, including unforeseen natural disasters, pandemics or other threats, are peaceful when these events happen. They know they're prepared and the chances of their family being safe are high because they've learned critical life skills and put this into action in their life.

Tip of Spear is proud to partner with Apocalypse Preparedness and Survival School to offer the most comprehensive training available for the emergency situations which we may face. This course is not for extremists (although they are welcome too) - it's for the average person who just wants to know what to do to keep them and their families safe. It's intended to empower the average Albertan to have the confidence and skills when critical infrastructure gets impacted for any reason. In Alberta, this is not just unlikely critical events, but common ones too like being stuck on the side of the highway in a snowstorm or without power in your home for hours (neither are uncommon in Alberta!), so everyone can receive value from this course.

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About the Course


This course is offered over two full days, over a weekend. There are no overnight components of this course in order to make it accessible for most people. It focuses on the following topics which are vital when facing critical conditions:

  • Emergency equipment and preparedness

    • What to have, where to go, what to bring, what to do

  • Field Considerations

    • Hydration, nutrition, self-care, wartime dangers

  • Map, compass and GPS navigation

    • Pacing, declination, resection, bypass, navigation course

  • Field-trauma first-aid

    • Tourniquets, suturing, wound packing, bandaging

  • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) survival

    • Recognition, equipment, protection, decontamination

  • Bushcraft

    • Shelters, fires, signals, snares, water purification

This course was developed by several field experts, each with 20-30+ years of experience in a variety of fields including: incident response, paramedics, medevacs, military (combat engineer), CBRNE (Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives), hunting, fishing bushcraft and outdoorsmanship and survival. The course is safely run by the same highly trained and experienced instructors who will guide you in all of the basics of emergency-preparedness and survival in dire and austere conditions.

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Meet our Survival Instructor

Greg is the founder of Apocalypse Preparedness and Survival School and primary subject matter expert and instructor.  He served for over 20 years as a reserve Combat Engineer in the Canadian Forces, specializing in CBRNE. He then worked as an advanced paramedic for 13 years, doing medevacs and instructing. Greg is passionate about passing along all the knowledge and experience he's gained over his career to others so they can benefit too. Greg is humble and sincere, and loves educating and empowering others.

Course Curriculum


The following is an extensive list of all topics covered in this comprehensive course. These topics are covered by lecture as well as practical application for maximum learning:


Emergency equipment and preparedness

  • What to expect in an emergency

  • The go-bag and support kits

  • Equipment and stock

  • Psychology in times of an emergency

Field Considerations

  • Why things are seen

  • Battlefield dangers

  • Hydration, nutrition and self-care


  • Campsites 

  • Fires

  • Signals

  • Shelters

  • Snares

Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear

  • The CBRN Threat

  • Common CBRN warning signs

  • Types of CBRN agents

  • Signs and symptoms of exposure

  • HAZMAT (hazardous materials) scene

  • Routes of exposure

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Donning and doffing of PPE

  • Performance degradation

  • Decontamination

  • Home protection

Map, compass and GPS navigation

  • Reading topo maps

  • Magnetic declination 

  • Identifying grid references

  • 100m pacing

  • Land-feature resections

  • Object bypass

  • GPS fundamentals

  • 12-leg Navigation course

Field trauma first-aid

  • Israeli bandage

  • CAT and improvised tourniquets

  • Wound packing

  • Suturing