The Land-Based Survival Instructor Award is a partnership set up in 2017 to deliver Survival Instructor training courses. This training is fully IOL accredited, and WILDWOOD TRAINING is proud to be part of the partnership which delivers this award.

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Due to the growing demand for formal Survival Training over the past 3 decades the LSI is designed with a view to equip successful candidates with the knowledge and Instructional skills to deliver Professional survival courses. This takes many forms, from formal risk assessments, health and safety considerations to the planning, preparation and execution of delivering relevant courses to a paying client.


Course Director

Graham grew up in Northern Perthshire spending a lot of his formative years fishing, hunting and shooting as well as learning the outdoor ways in the woods and hills along the River Tay from farmers, gamekeepers and woodsmen and did his first survival course with the Army Cadets in 1986. His love of survival continued with a full career in the Army where he completed several SERE courses including the Land Survival Instructor Course and the Unit SERE Instructor Course. He has been a navigation instructor for over 20 years and has navigated in all corners of the world.

He holds the NCFE SIA Level 4 Award and the NCFE Advanced Survival Instructor Level 4 Award as well as winter mountaineering and teaching qualifications.

Graham has conducted survival training in various corners of the globe including the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.  Graham is Head Instructor for Backcountry Survival.

Meet the Team

Our training and operations team come from a diverse background, but all are highly experienced and fully qualified professionals. Our team aims to provide only the highest level of training and instruction to all of the candidates accepted onto the LSI award program.


Neil Foote

Operations Scotland

From mountaineering routes and North faces in the Alps to extreme endurance races in the most inhospitable places in the world, Including having competed ultra-marathons at a distance of 95 miles non stop. You can be sure that Neil (or any of our other instructors) will not ask you to do anything he hasn’t had to do himself. Originally form Fife Neil’s formative years were spent camping and exploring the local woods and countryside where he lived, learning the skills that would hold him in good stead for the future. Neil has a background in outdoor education and holds his SIA (Survival instructor award) and is one of the founding members of the Survival Training Award Scheme, SPA, Mountain leader, winter mountain leader and UKCC paddlesport coach. He also runs the vast majority of Backcountry expeditions and courses. This being the case you can be sure that when you book on a Backcountry course not only will you get a patient and highly motivated instructor, but also a huge wealth of experience of coping in a wilderness setting.

Neil is the owner of  Backcountry Survival.


Andy Lewis

Operations North England

Andy Lewis was introduced to the outdoors at an early age by his father, hillwalking and mountaineering across England and Wales regularly from the age of 10. During his teens, after receiving a copy of Lofty Wiseman’s SAS survival manual, Andy took every opportunity to get out into the woods and hills to learn and develop the skills of Bushcraft and Survival. Andy has practiced these skills widely across the UK, and as far afield as trekking through the Nepalese Himalayas.

Andy is a passionate educator. He was a secondary school outdoor education teacher for over 9 years, whose responsibilities included; leading over six expeditions per year as the Duke of Edinburgh coordinator, instructing Bushcraft and outdoor skills to pupils with SEN and challenging behaviour, introducing a comprehensive outdoor education curriculum into the PE dept. (orienteering, NICAS, NNAS, forest school etc.), and leading a specialized alternative provision program delivering the John Muir Award and Coarse fishing skills to hard-to-engage teenagers.

Andy left mainstream education in 2016 to work full-time in the Bushcraft and Survival industry, as an instructor and trainer. He is a qualified Bushcraft instructor, holds the Survival Instructors Award level 4, is a qualified summer mountain leader, and regularly delivers IOL accredited outdoor leadership training courses.


Paul Stewart

Operations South England

Originally from East Yorkshire Buzz spent as much time as possible in the outdoors, in the early days this was facilitated by the Scouts and Army Cadet Force before finally joining the Regular Army in 1996. He has been able to continue his love of the outdoors and develop his interest in survival whilst serving with the Armed Forces, gaining Physical Training Instructor, Mountain Leader, Unit SERE Instructor and teaching qualifications. These skills have been further developed and refined through deployments across the globe conducting and delivering training in; the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, South Africa, America and various locations around the UK. Other interests include, shooting, archery and sailing. Buzz thrives in the teaching environment and is passionate about all aspects of survival and passing on skills and knowledge to anyone who shares this passion regardless of experience.


Take a look at the LSI webpage for further information, and to register your interest in this award.