Scott Hembruff

W-EMT, Instructor

Scott is the Operations Manager and Chief Training Instructor for The Highlands Wilderness Training Institute, In addition to being an avid angler and an experienced boater with many years of experience under his belt, A past member of a local Volunteer Fire Department, possessing a strong background in the emergency services/ rescue and medical field. In addition Scott is a licensed commercial pilot with experience flying floatplanes around the North. Holder of The Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross. PADI Open Water Scuba Diver. And recipient of two Central East Base Hospital “Lightning Bolt Awards” for being involved in the successful resuscitation of 2 Cardiac Arrest Victims. A previous member of the Canadian Civil Air Search & Rescue based out of Yellowknife NWT and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.


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There is an inseparable bond between people and nature, for there cannot be an existence removed from nature, despite what modern society thinks. At her best, Nature is a breathtaking source of beauty and inspiration, a wellspring of abundance and opportunity. At her most merciless, she can invite cold, hunger, dehydration, injury, and other unfortunate circumstances.

However, if you find yourself caught in a less-than-desirable situation outdoors with minimal equipment, having the knowledge of what to do, for yourself and for others, until rescue arrives often means the difference between panic and self-preservation, life or death.  Our mission statement here at Highlands Wilderness Training Institute is to ultimately promote, educate, and provide useful information about various outdoor activities, including wilderness survival techniques.

Generally speaking, the definition of "survival" falls into two main categories: Staying alive until you are able to be rescued or Self-implemented wilderness living as a way of life. The emphasis for these courses is mostly based on the first category, although the two will often overlap.

Who should take Wilderness Survival? Anyone who has a healthy interest in challenging themselves outdoors and learning more about bushcraft skills and primitive, self-sufficient living: campers, hikers, hunters, environmental scientists, pilots, even hardcore urbanites who are looking to get away from the city for a literal breath of fresh air. We will help you get past your initial emotional responses, work toward productive decisions, and apply practical survival techniques relevant to the scenario. Our hands-on courses will teach you how to stay safe (and sane) and live to tell the tale with a renewed sense of confidence and accomplishment.


Modern Wilderness Survival Teaches Realistic Skills Needed for Survival

A Properly made Survival Camp
Modern Wilderness Survival Teaches the Skills Needed to Survive through a Short-Term (1 to 4 Days) or Medium-Term (4 to 40 Days) Survival Situations. These skills are taught with a science-based approach and designed to eliminate potentially life threatening survival situations. They emphasize Short-Term Survival Techniques. Concentrating on basic practical Life Saving Skills. Survival Skills taught include survival physiology, survival psychology, clothing, fire lighting, shelter building, useful survival equipment or Critical Items, and the preparation to survive potential survival situation. Avoiding or mitigating a survival situation should always be part of that preparation.

Many skills taught on survival courses are often unneeded or of little use in the short or medium term. Some skills sets like Tracking or Escape and Evasion have nothing to do with wilderness survival. Wilderness travel skills and basic tool building are often taught on courses, but always with the emphasis on practical useful skills that may be needed to survive. Modern Wilderness Survival is all about teaching the proper skills really required to survive an unexpected wilderness emergency or survival situation, i.e. Skills Needed for Survival.


Prerequisites: None

This is a Two-part program which is made up of 2 parts.

 Part 1 is an online pre-study package, which focuses on the theory of survival. This material can also be offered in a lecture format for companies or groups at your location.
Part 2 is a hands-on in person session of practical Skills in a field training location. A Licensed Commercial Pilot with Search & Rescue Experience teaches this course. A former SAR spotter, who better to teach you then the person who used to be the one looking for you. We will equip you to survive.


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Scott Hembruff W-EMT, CPL



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