Our team of Coastal Survival instructors is made up of a broad mix of passions and advanced, well-practised skills, combined with the ability to communicate and share valuable information simply and honestly. We learn and inspire each other, constantly learning and evolving. We only consider past students to become possible instructors after completing our Coast Master Award course.
Fraser Christian – Founder
The Founder of Coastal Survival and the Coastal Survival School, Fraser is a fully Qualified Charter Skipper, MCA Commercial Endorsed Skipper. Included in these qualifications are RYA Sea Survival, VHF Radio operator, Navigation and First Aid at Sea.
Fraser was first teaching survival and bushcraft skills to his local scout group over 25 years ago and has since been lucky enough to fish, hunt and forage professionally. He has had some amazing experiences and mentors in his life and is pleased to share his valuable lessons and knowledge with many others. He is also a fully qualified chef and nutritionist with a passion for wild herbal medicines, wild food and outdoor cooking skills including preserving and smoking foods. This has helped him gain an instinctive understanding and respect of both nature and the elements, his past also seen him lead and instruct the popular River Cottage – Catch and Cook, and Fish Skills courses, published in many magazines, and to write his new books – Eat The Beach and Coast Hunter.
Recently Fraser has immersed himself in the philosophy of “practice what you preach” and now lives completely off grid spread between the coast and a remote wild woodland, actually living the life, he teaches.
Si – Coastal survival instructor
Si joined the army at 17 years old and has served all over the world in just about every type of terrain. Serving as an Arctic warfare and survival specialist for nearly five years tested him to his physical and mental limits in what is undoubtedly the most inhospitable place on earth- with temperatures dropping below minus 50 degrees Celsius! His military training and personal thirst for knowledge has given him a wide range of skills applicable to many outdoor situations.
Si has loved being outdoors since an early age. He believes that once you have the knowledge and skills to survive you need very little and he believes in mixing ancient skills and equipment with modern equivalents to cover all eventualities.
A keen hill walker and fresh water fisherman, he loves passing on his outdoor experiences in a humorous but professional manner.
Tom – Seashore specialist and Coastal Instructor
Tom has grown up and been lucky enough to live on the coast for most of his life allowing ample time to be spent on the coast, usually catching something, somehow. Tom has a degree in marine biology and specialised in fishery science (he knows how fish think). Tom can show you and identify every thing that lives in an around the beach and rock pools, he’s a master fisherman with a soft patient approach to both hunting and teaching. Tom met Fraser when he started working at River Cottage and between them went on to run and instruct their popular fish based events together for several years.
Robin – Wild edible plants consultant
Robin, who runs Eatweeds a wild food guide to the edible plants of Britain, is an established and respected wild food guild with in the subject, he regularly forages and eats wild food on a daily basis and has identified a great deal of wild plants as both edible and delicious, that many still haven’t experienced. His knowledge spans back through generation into the history and folklore surrounding the plants he has discovered as well as there nutritional values.
Chris – Coastal Survival Instructor
Chris has always demonstrated a proficient application in bushcraft and survival skills, with a relaxed but determined approach to detail and efficiency in his work. A past student of Coastal Survival, Chris was asked to join the team, not just because he’s a nice guy, but also because he practices and improves his craft at every given opportunity. Both primitive and modern skills are his passion that he now happily shares with many.
Becky – Coastal Survival Instructor
A passion for wilderness canoe and hiking trips have led her to survival training and the preparedness that is required when trekking off the beaten path. Always a water lover, she first dabbled in fishing in Canada where she caught her first catfish. Since then she has been hooked on learning about fishing and the abundance of wild edibles on our own British coastline. A background in horticulture and arboriculture work has given her a good foundation to build on her existing plant knowledge with the addition of coastal plants. She has learnt tracking skills from Tom Brown in the US and am accumulating knowledge in all things track and sign. It’s great to interact with others on their learning journey in the outdoors and participate in this growing community of nature enthusiasts.
Carl – Instructor and Regional Coastal Instructor – South East
A Master Carver
Carl again like all our team has demonstrated dedication and a personal passion for the skills we teach. A master carver in his own right, and now well on his way to experiencing and sharing the skills with many others. Carls origional desire to go camping with his family has led him deeper into the wild and on a really wild journey of discovery with us.
Dave – Regional Coastal Instructor – North East
16 years military service and still serving as a Colour Sarjeant (yes with a J) with a Rifles reserve battalion in the North East. My adventures have taken me all over the world and I’m still learning as the adventure continues.
Always been a keen outdoors man, he works as an outdoor activities instructor and behaviour manager as his main job, at a behaviour school in Newcastle for the last 9 years where he is the lead Bushcraft and Forest School Instructor.
Neil – Regional Coastal Instructor – North West Wales
John – Coastal Instructor
John has been interested in the outdoors all his life. His father a biology lecturer would introduce plant, animal and bird identification constantly throughout John’s life on all hikes, holidays and even on a walk to the shops. Johns interests in the outdoors have been the constant in his life. From a very young age birdwatching, foraging, hiking, bushcraft, surfing ,kayaking, fieldsports of all kinds Inc working lurcher ferreting( he is from Yorkshire) and shooting. But his real passion is angling. John has been a keen angler from the age of 8 covering all types of angling, his out and out favourite is sea angling from the shore. This 42 years experience has given John a vast amount of knowledge, something that he loves to pass on to anyone wishing to learn.
A journeyman of all bushcraft and survival related disciplines. Seamus has spent the last 10 years hiking and wildcamping across the United Kingdom and Sweden connecting with like minded individuals and practicing the arts of bushcraft, as well as being a Cub leader he also runs a social media blog inviting people to share in his journey. He first met the team when taking part in our first ever Human animal survival challenge. Upon completing the challenge and impressing the team with his positive mindset and budding talents, Seamus was asked to join our growing team, an offer which was graciously accepted.
Emma – Web/Admin
Em has worked on websites for the last 20 years and has been working with Coastal Survival for about 5 years. She has recently taken over the admin side from Lorraine. Em tries to live symbiotically with nature and loves having a go at making things out of reclaimed, recycled and free materials, her biggest project so far is a triangular shaped shed. She also forages in her spare time, mainly for mushrooms as she is also a keen allotmenteer and grows the majority of her food the year round, preferring the no dig method.
Guest instructors are brought in when a subject requires that advanced level of proficiency and passion!
Learn from the best and draw on a life times worth of collective knowledge and real time practical experience!
Hire a Coastal Survival Instructor for private courses and 1-2-1 training in all aspects of our skill base.
Coastal Survival Instructors are available for private tuition and on a freelance basis in the UK and further afield Please enquire for availability and rates.
Want to become a Coastal Survival Instructor? We only take on and develop skills with former students that we select to join the team.