The Survival Handbook in Association with the Royal Marines Commandos is a very comprehensive and clear reference. The book is well organized and covers virtually everything you need to know about survival – combining the best of primitive and modern concepts and techniques. If not for the cover or title, you probably wouldn’t know it was written in conjunction with the Royal Navy’s elite commandos. There is almost no “military feel” about this manual.
The illustrations are fantastic and visually represent the text of this manual in a fashion that is very easy to absorb and retain. Due to its size (textbook), this survival handbook would be considered a home based resource – certainly one of the best on the market.
About the Author
After joining the Royal Navy in 1977, Colin qualified as a Combat Survival Instructor with 22 Regiment SAS, and has spent over 30 years teaching Land, Sea, Desert, Jungle, and Cold-Weather survival skills – as well as Survival and Conduct in Captivity – to UK and USA Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force personnel. He was the Royal Navy’s Chief Survival Instructor and also served three years as Chief Instructor at the US Navy SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School in Brunswick Maine.
Colin has seen service in the Falklands, Germany, USA, Bosnia and Northern Ireland in addition to serving a tour with the Army Intelligence Corps. He still serves as a Royal Navy Reserve Chief Instructor with the UK Defence SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Extraction) Training Organisation, providing survival training for both instructors and students.
He provided the survival training, equipment, and rescue team for Sir Richard Branson’s balloon global circumnavigation attempts, and also trials, evaluates and instructs in the use of specialised survival equipment, both in the UK and abroad.
Colin’s first book, The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure by DK Publishing is available from all major book stores and Amazon (All Royalties donated to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines Association).
The American version of the book has been officially licensed by the Boy Scouts Association of America.
The book has also been officially licensed by the Royal Danish Marine Korps.
A smaller, more ‘back-pack’ version of the book, containing the essential survival information from the first book is now available from all major book stores.
Cost: Around CDN $30