Gordon Dedman is the founder of Bushcraft Survival Australia (BSA), an outdoor bushcraft survival school dedicated to teaching genuine and authentic modern and traditional outdoor living skills through carefully designed educational courses. Gordon is a former member of the Australian Army 1st Commando Regiment and is presently a survival instructor in NORFORCE, an Australian Army Reserve Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU). NORFORCE conducts patrols in the remote areas of Northern Australia, working closely with Aboriginal communities. Gordon has trained at and completed numerous Survival and Bushcraft courses and certifications worldwide at schools run by Paul Kirtley, Ray Mears, Dave Canterbury, Lofty Wiseman and Bob Cooper. Gordon also works seasonally as an outdoor guide in the NT, taking clients on camping expeditions into Kakadu and Arnhemland.
The benefits of bushcraft
“For me the pursuit of bushcraft brings us closer to the natural world and opens our eyes to see that we are part of the earth and not separate from it. We have so much to learn from indigenous cultures around the world who have known this connection to the land for thousands of years. Sadly we live in a superficial, materialistic world where the skills and knowledge of our indigenous cultures are being lost and swallowed up by modern society. The pursuit of bushcraft and all its different areas allows us to limit our reliance on equipment and re-connect with nature and gain knowledge of the natural world around us”
– Gordon Dedman