First and foremost you need to protect yourself from danger and from the elements. To do this we use shelter. However, the appropriateness of a physical shelter is dependant upon the environment and the situation. During the course you'll spend many nights without a physical shelter simply using fire for protection, ensuring a quick and easy exit should it be necessary.For other elements of the course we'll also cover natural shelters and the safe use of temporary mobile shleters such as bush tents.
You'll need to consider when to use different shelter types and where to locate them for maximum effect, ensuring maximum safety and availability of necessary resources not to mention making sure you're easy to find for any potential rescuers who may be trying to find you.
We can survive approximately three days without water under normal conditions, but we need far more water in hot, dry environments such as the Bush. Although water holes can be found, it's not safe to simply drink water from them due to biological contamination which can make us sick and cause dehydration - something we must avoid at all costs in the bush. There are also other much more obvious dangers which present themselves at the water's edge in the form of wildlife, so we need to learn how to safely acquire water very early on during our trip.