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John Hudson is a Cornwall-based survival instructor, chiefly involved in training new instructors to teach Land, Sea, and Extreme Environment Survival at the UK Military’s survival school (Defence SERE Training Organisation, DSTO).

He is proud to be a Founder Director of Survival Wisdom Ltd. For his up to date bio see:


Formerly a helicopter pilot during regular service, now a reservist, John has worked in his current role as a full time Royal Air Force survival instructor for over ten years. He has survived the elements in the cold seas off the British Coast, the snows of the Arctic circle, in Asian and Central American Jungles, and in the high altitudes of the Atacama desert.

John designed and implemented the training and induction process for all UK military survival instructors, for whom he is also head instructor and mentor. John oversees all of the extreme environment survival training courses for the UK military, including the training of top level instructors.

John was the subject matter expert chosen to advise on all survival and Personnel Recovery content of the UK’s new SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Extraction) training film, which is watched by all service personnel annually and before their operational deployments overseas.

Most recently John has been one of 5 outdoor experts featured in Discovery & Animal Planet’s new survival series “Dude, You’re Screwed” (USA title) which premiered in Dec 2013. This has seen him tested on camera in some of the planets most demanding environments with extremely limited equipment, a challenge which John thoroughly enjoyed.


“John is knowledgable and passionate about his subject and given the slightest excuse he will demonstrate his skills. With nothing more than a bow, drill and some fungus, he showed me how it is possible to set fire to an office.”

-Tristan Gooley, NaturalNavigator.com

“John is the top Aviation Survival brain in the British Forces today. He trains the trainers. His knowledge and advice has been the driving force behind the upgrade to the British military Aircraft survival pack programme. His expertise extends far beyond this area into the deeper ethos behind survival and bushcraft. He is what a lot of so called ‘survival experts’ want to be (and he knows a lot about the Stone Roses)”

- British Military Aviation Survival Equipment Trials Officer 2004 – 2010



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