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Our Philosophy

It is our intent to teach people to become more comfortable and knowledge about the outdoors.  By knowing the resources available, and how to use them, what may be perceived as a survival situation may become more of an inconvenient campout.  By teaching primitive and modern techniques students gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to fully enjoy what nature provides us.

Our Story

Jeromie Jackson created San Diego South West Outdoor Travelers (SD-SWOT) in 2013 to bring bushcraft and survival skills to San Diego.  After completing Phase I, Phase II , and the Advanced Class at the Pathfinder School I began teaching.  I have had the honor to teach our local Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) military instructors, been featured in Edible San Diego Magazine and authored No Fear Foraging- A Field Guide to the Most Common Edible & Medicinal Plants in the United States.

We also host several other well-known survival instructors from across the county to bring in new talent, skills and knowledge.

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Meet the Team

Here are a few of the other instructors who bring very unique skills and backgrounds.  The breadth of individuals provides well-rounded skillsets from very primitive to high-speed low-drag mentality.

Steve Willadsen

Senior Instructor

A previous US Navy SERE Instructor, specifically in the field survival phase. He has taught over 1,100 Sailors and Marines how to procure food and water, seek shelter, signal for rescue, construct fires, evade enemy forces and return with honor from the harshest environments. In his eight and a half year career he has deployed five times around the globe to include South America, Eastern Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Born in Washington State, he has been stationed in Illinois, California, Hawaii and Florida.

Chris Morasky

Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with almost 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America.  Chris has lived most of the past 20+ years in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah.

Dr. Nicole Apelian

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world.