Steve Marvell is a breath of fresh air in the sphere of survival instruction. Rather than being a “bush hippy” or ex military he combines teaching good sound survival methodology in a clear and easily understood manner, with practical hands-on training leaving students in no doubt that should the worst happen then they will be more than able to cope with any situation they may find themselves in. I have had the good fortune to work with a number of survival instructors and found Steve to be one of the best instructors out there, partly due to his huge wealth of knowledge and experience on the subject and partly due to his ability to back his techniques up scientifically. I would happily recommend him to anybody wishing to train their survival skills to a high level.
John Lacey, Extreme Dog Walker
I took two survival courses.
The first one was a little shorter but was the same difficulty level. The guys picked me up from the train station and were "very nice" throughout the course.
The second was held by Steve. It was technically much better and though taught, was more “look after yourself” allowing us to make our own decisions and make mistakes, which at the time I considered worse.
It was only after the courses I realised that it was the second where
I really learnt something. His attitude was what you actually need in the wilderness, even the social wilderness of the city.
Raido Valgeväli, Postman, Entrepreneur, Software Architect
A few colleagues and friends of mine wanted a different type of holiday and Steve's course not only fit the bill it surpassed all expectations. Steve's knowledge was matched by his enthusiasm and the skills I learned not only lend confidence in crisis but also make recreational camping a greater joy. This course should be required learning.
Mike Harding, Teacher
Thanks so much for the survival course, it was brilliant. I have to be honest and admit that when I opened the birthday card from my husband, that not only was a trip into the woods a total surprise, but I was a little bit sceptical that it would be as good as a weekend in Italy or somewhere.
However, the shelter, snaring, foraging training was some of the most useful ever. Even came in handy during a walk to the park with my 3 year old nephew today, where I could tell him the names of plantain and dandelion and what you can do with them.
The few days with you coincided with the ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland, so when we began the course, there was no mention of it in the news. By the time we came out, back into civilisation, the shock was made even larger by the grounded flights and family members stranded in various places. I suppose it just added to the contrast and gave us the impression we really had survived!
Sara Lee, France
Command & Control
Search and Rescue