Island Survival

Imagine you’re shipwrecked on an island, Robinson Crusoe style, in the middle of the ocean. You’ve got nothing but a bit of wreckage, some palms, and your own ingenuity to survive on – can you do it? Through the Bushmasters Island Survival course, you can find out!

This 10 day island survival course will take you to Panama. If you have watched channel 4’s Bear Grylls ‘The Island’, then you will already be familiar with this magical island. A pristine 277 acres island with a rich jungle interior and engulfed in white sandy beaches.

During the first 5 days on the island we’ll give you all the training you need to get the basics to survive, then for three days you and your team have to put it all into practice on your own, on a deserted island.

The Training Phase

With a Bushmasters instructor and local guides, you’ll be taught how to survive in this idyllic, but harsh environment. We’ll live in hammocks on the beach, learning the skills needed to survive

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Turn sea water into fresh
  • Catch, gut and cook fish
  • Make fire by friction
  • Build a shelter
  • Learn how to make best use of what very little you have

And then we put it all into practice!

The Isolation Phase

You are now on your own, equipped with little more than a machete, a sat phone and a handful of fishhooks. Its time to apply your training and ingenuity to survive until rescue comes … think you could cope?

When rescue comes you’ll be whisked away for a night of tall stories and more rum than even Captain Jack Sparrow can handle!

If you’re interested in our island survival course and are keen to get involved, contact Bushmasters through our online form, or take a look at our dates and costs page.


an image of people on a boat in the middle of the oceanan image of a woman swimming off the Belize shore during a Bushmasters island survival adventure
an image of men on a boat on the Bushmasters' island survival trip