Foster the attitude
Academy for Rescue Training and Outdoor Survival
ARTOS is based in Northwestern Montana and our courses are systematically designed to give you the critical skills and knowledge you need to survive in a wilderness emergency. Take a look below at the three main pillars of our training.
Build a toolkit of proven survival skills, tactics, and philosophies that will keep you alive and get you home following an emergency situation. No matter how you spend your time in the outdoors, from day hiking to multi-day adventuring to operating in the field, the skills you will learn can be applied anywhere and by anyone. The content of our courses is not meant to impress with gimmicky tricks, but is designed to work, plain and simple, every time. Learn to build shelters, make fire, source and treat water, procure nutrition and natural medicines, get rescued, navigate using map and compass, and more.
If you encountered a patient with a traumatic injury or medical emergency in everyday life, would you know what to do? What if it happened in a wilderness setting? Would you know how to properly use the items in your first aid kit or would you be doing more harm than good? Does your first aid kit have the appropriate equipment of adequate quality to get the job done? Would you know how to improvise materials from your environment if you didn’t have certain items in your first aid kit? Could you evacuate your patient without causing further injury? Come take a wilderness medicine course so you can answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions with confidence. We also offer many conventional medical courses such as Basic First Aid, CPR/AED, Advanced Bleeding Control, BLS Pro, and more for your unit, group, or business.
Preparedness, Mindset, And Utilization Of Resources
One of the most important aspects of emergency and outdoor survival is preparedness. This not only means packing the appropriate, high-quality gear for any given outing or assignment, but also fostering the attitude and mindset to ensure you retain your situational awareness and keep your wits about you in a high-stress environment. No two things are more deadly than complacency or quitting. Of course, physical training and making a plan are just as important as your attitude. You may also be confronted with a situation in which you need to be able to recognize the resources around you to complete a task. Whether it’s identifying plants for food, choosing the right material for a fire kit, or delegating tasks to group members based on strengths and skills, your ability to recognize who or what you can use to complete the task is crucial. Our courses are not easy and will require critical thinking, teamwork, and a willingness to lead. Come train with us and learn how to prepare your mind and your kit, how to make a plan, and how to utilize the resources available to you.
Meet Your Instructor
Patrick Norton has spent extensive time working and recreating in the outdoors and teaching survival and emergency medicine. He is a former federal wildland firefighter, a Nationally Registered wilderness and urban EMT, and certified medical instructor. He is also a certified wilderness field instructor. He has led survival and medical courses for a diverse clientele from Southern California to Alaska. He is dedicated to using his experience in the field and in the survival training industry to develop and provide the most effective and practical training curriculums to the public, government organizations, and private businesses.
Courses to build your Survival Foundation
2023 COURSE DATES OUT NOW! CLICK SIGN UP BUTTONS TO ENROLL! ARTOS offers a variety of courses from basic survival and wilderness first aid to more advanced survival and medical courses, as well as courses dedicated to specific skills such as map and compass navigation, wild plant identification and use, and desert or cold-weather survival. We also have wilderness field courses so you can test your skills and mettle in a real survival scenario. Contact us for private or custom courses as well!
Other Future Courses
Winter, snow, and cold-weather survival
Urban preparedness and survival
Map and compass navigation
Wild plant identification and use
Medicinal plants and apothecary
Survival food procurement: trapping, tracking, hunting, fishing, foraging, processing
Tool and weapon craft
Instructor Trainee Program
We also offer many conventional medical courses such as Basic First Aid, CPR/AED, Advanced Bleeding Control, BLS Pro, and more for your unit, group, or business! Send a message below to inquire.