Bob Cooper was born and educated in Western Australia; he has delivered his Outback Safety and Wilderness Survival courses for thirty years and is considered a leading survival instructor in Australia and his incredible bushcraft and survival skills have been developed by learning from traditional communities in Africa, North America and Malaysia and from more than 25 years of experience in Australia’s harsh outback.
He has picked up tools of survival from the experiences of living with traditional Aboriginal communities, instructing with Special Forces Units, lecturing with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service on desert survival in the Mexican Desert, delivering wilderness lessons in the UK and learning the skills of the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Bob has put his own lessons to the test, dropping himself off in the 42 degrees heat of the Australian desert with only a map and soap box sized survival kit, no food, water or sleeping gear, and a 10 day walk across 160km of rough terrain back to safety. He did this alone and showed that with the right knowledge of the land, you can survive in even the harshest of conditions. The outback of Australia is one of the most unforgiving regions of the world, but Bob is committed to protecting and enhancing the experience people have when venturing out into the bush.
‘Outback Survival’ tells you what you need to do, and how, if you want to survive. Based on Bob’s tried and tested Big 5 survival techniques, he explains how to:
- Water: how to find, purify and transport
- Warmth: fire and wind proofing
- Shelter: against rain, cold, wind and sun
- Signals: by day and night, audible, visual and directional
- Food: what is available, foraging and fishing