Foster the attitude

TO SURVIVE.

A.R.T.O.S.

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.

Outdoor Survival

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.

Emergency Medicine

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

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!

3-Day Basic

Survival
& Wilderness First aid

This is a combination of our 2-day basic survival and 2-day wilderness first aid course packed into just 3-days! This class is for those that want a little bit more of a challenge compared to our standalone survival or WFA courses. Gain the knowhow to survive using the most efficient, effective, and practical real-world skills and principles. Learn how to be self-sufficient when help could be days away. You will also receive a Wilderness First Aid certification from the Health and Safety Institute (HSI) so you will be able to treat medical emergencies in the outdoors for extended durations. This is the foundation for which all other ARTOS Survival courses are based on. This course involves physical activity, long training days, and a willingness to get your hands dirty. We train until we are done!

2-day

Basic Survival

This 2-day survival course covers the essential aspects of a wilderness emergency. Learn how to be self-sufficient when help could be days away. This course will give the student the knowhow to survive using the most efficient, effective, and practical real-world skills and principles combined into an easy-to-use system. Whether you are a complete novice or have extensive experience in the field, this course is for you. This is the foundation for which all other ARTOS Survival courses are based on. This course is taught in an outdoor setting with ‘classroom’ and hands-on portions in the field, designed around a simulated survival progression. This course involves physical activity, long training days, and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

2-Day

wilderness first aid certification

This is a 2-day HSI wilderness first aid certification course. You will learn all about how to respond to a traumatic or medical emergency in a wilderness setting, where help may not be anywhere in sight. Don’t be fooled though. ARTOS will never provide you with just the bear minimum. We put our own spin on things! You’ll also get plenty of hands-on scenario time with your classmates to really make sure the skills and knowledge you learn are cemented in.

1-day all-ages

Survival
introduction workshop

This all-ages day class will give you some introductory knowledge on survival philosophy, skills, and gear. This course is for those who are just beginning their survival journey but don’t know where to start, those with younger children with an interest in the outdoors, or those who just want to have a fun day learning something new. We will go over the essentials in a more abbreviated, family friendly way than our 2- or 3-day survival courses, with some fun demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout. Join ARTOS this summer for a survival workshop!

Future Courses

Stay tuned for more courses to build upon your skills, including:

Future Course

Intermediate, Advanced, And Long-term Survival

Learn to get by for longer with less. The next courses in the survival progression will build on the skills from the basic survival course and subject you to more complex scenarios. Learn to build more shelters for different environments and for longer stays. Learn the most important knots and their applications. Master the fire. Learn new ways to collect and purify water, find food, and more!

Future Course

Wilderness Field Courses

This is where the rubber meets the road! From a long weekend in the snow to a week in the wild, find out if you have the skills, knowledge, and, most importantly, the intestinal fortitude to survive with just a few items, including a knife and a canteen. These courses are not instructional. They are 100% in the field. Do you think you have what it takes to make it to the end?

Future Course

Advanced Wilderness Medicine (WFR And WUMP)

If you plan on doing guide work or are just interested in expanding your knowledge of wilderness medicine, become a Wilderness First Responder. This will increase your scope of practice and your understanding of emergency medicine in the wild. If your occupation is in the medical field, consider the Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals.

Other Future Courses

Desert survival

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

Bushcraft

Primitive Skills

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.