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0800 SURVIVE (787848)


wilderness • Sea • AVIATION

survival training

Our training environment is designed to help people from all backgrounds develop their confidence and skills – and enhance their ability to stay alive when the unexpected happens.



SOS Survival Training offers practical courses to suit adults and young people at any level of experience, age and fitness. For our Adult Survival Courses you must be over 18 years of age. We also offer Junior and Family Survival packages to suit a varied range of age groups. Our courses are conducted entirely outdoors at the SOS Survival Training Centre. This is located 35 minutes West of Auckland city, on a 1000-acre block of land.


Find out more about our Adult Survival and Junior Survival courses.


SOS Survival Training provides specialist training for everyone on the water, from recreational boaties to aviation and maritime professionals. Experienced professionals, many of whom have the benefit of military training, deliver all our programmes.


SOS Survival Training offers a range of pool-based and at sea courses. All our sea survival courses can be tailored to meet the needs of your industry or interest group.


SOS Survival Training provides  theoretical and practical aviation survival training packages for aviation professionals, aero club members, aviation training schools and frequent flyers.

Courses are designed to give you the confidence and skills to handle emergency survival  situations.  Everyone who flies or frequently travels by air should know how to cope with practical consequences of an unscheduled landing. 

About Us



SOS Survival Training specialises in providing wilderness, sea and aviation survival training. We employ professional instructors with the relevant backgrounds, who are skilled in imparting their knowledge and creating realistic but safe scenarios.


Our training environment is designed to help people from all backgrounds develop their confidence and skills – and enhance their ability to stay alive when the unexpected happens.


Anyone at any stage of life could one day be caught in a life or death situation. You could be lost in the bush as night falls or battling ocean waves after a boat or plane mishap. Could you cope?


Training individuals and teams to stay safe – even when they’re facing extraordinary challenges – is central to our mission at SOS Survival Training. We believe people can only learn a certain amount from books, manuals or videos. Helping them discover their internal capabilities, and equipping them with the knowledge to make good decisions, is what we do.


The SOS Survival team is led by Stu Gilbert, who draws on his expertise gained as a highly qualified instructor with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Stu has experience in working with all sorts of groups – from outdoors enthusiasts, to airline crews, to teenagers looking to take on an exciting new challenge. Stu will assess your survival training requirements and put together the right team and training modules to ensure successful learning.



"We want to thank Stu for the BEST ever 10th Birthday Party! Highly recommend - amazing set up...great value and awesome memories made. Stu is brilliant with the kids and they hang onto his every word in awe and learn some cool skills. Thanks so much. I think the Dad's want their birthdays there too next time haha”
"Highly recommend SOS Survival Training Ltd. I recently did the overnight bush survival training and found it really informative. Stu was a great teacher and he had a wealth of knowledge to share. I felt like the pace of the training was good and that the training content covered all bases. I left feeling confident that if I was ever to get lost in the bush I would have the appropriate skills and decision making abilities to keep myself safe and to also help Search and Rescue to find my location. Thanks!"



"I can't believe the excitement and enthusiasm that poured out of my boys when they came home from your survival day. In fact they haven't stopped raving about!! They now want to do the overnight and then the family overnighter!!" Highly recommend!!”


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