James Reay – Survival Training UK

Personal Profile

Survival Training UK was set up by James Reay in 2011.

Born & raised in rural Northumberland, James has a real passion and love of the outdoors, which started when he joined the cubs age 9. He then moved to the Scouts followed by the Army Cadets. With the passion still burning, James joined the Army when he was 16 and has since trained and travelled in some of the most hostile environments in the world.

James has successfully completed various adventure training courses including, absailing, rock climbing, canoeing, potholing, navigation & orienteering, hiking in the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, the Scottish Highlands and indeed the Falklands.

Since leaving the Army James has continued to develop and extend his knowledge of Bush-craft & Survival skills and has successfully completed the following courses:

With a strong and effective ‘laugh and learn’ ethos to teaching, James has ensured that Survival Training UK is all about having fun and learning.


Kevin Robson - Instructor

Personal Profile

Kev was born in Co. Durham. After school he worked as a roofing apprentice. At the age of 18 he left home with £20 in his pocket and hitchhiked to the Lake District. From there he travelled the world for 4 years, living in and visiting places such as, Spain, Cornwall, Australia, New Zealand, & Italy. During a brief stint back home, he met his wife Sara and decided to stay in Northumberland. After returning to the building trade, he set up his own construction business in 2006.

Kev's true passion is for outdoor living and adventure. Having spent his summers a kid living outdoors in the woods or in the shed at the bottom of the garden, his love of adventure, wild camping and nature only became stronger as he grew older. He pursued his dream of becoming an outdoor activity instructor and has developed his bushcraft skills in relation to primitive living skills. His primary interest is in cultures from the Stone Age and Bronze Age of Britain. Kev's knowledge of working with wood is proving very handy when it comes to making Neolithic bows and fletching arrows.

As you may have guessed, Kev's a very active guy and can usually be found doing one of the following activities: diving, climbing, caving, bushcraft, skiing and travelling. He likes nothing better than sleeping out under the stars. In the spring of 2013 he set up Wild Dog Outdoors with his wife Sara.