My grandfather was a Naval Aviator during World War II. As a child I listened to his stories with amazement; I look back today with an even greater appreciation of his bravery. The news today is full of survival stories, most recently the series of the Chilean miners, rescued after being trapped underground for more than three months. Movies like “Into the Wild” and “127 Hours” tell tales of people trapped alone in the wilderness.
It all makes me wonder: Do I have what it takes to survive the unthinkable? I decided to find out.
There are hundreds of survival schools in the United States and around the world. Many schools now offer students a chance to experience a simulated emergency, like what to do if you survive a plane crash, or run into trouble in a foreign country.
Owner Reggie Bennett teaches survival skills based on his experience as a S.E.R.E instructor in the United States Air Force. S.E.R.E. stands for “Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.” For three days my fellow students and I learned about the basic priorities of survival ... and what I learned really surprised me!