After lockdown, Australians seek to learn survival skills in the bush

first_imgThe interest in the course comes as Australia loosens its lockdown laws after months of restrictions that saw runs on supermarket staples, and many Sydney dwellers cooped up at home. Now beaches are reopening and pubs in Sydney are allowed to accept ten patrons for meals.”I’ve been caught up with that supermarket mayhem. I didn’t realize how entrenched I was in that,” course participant George Hamza said. Hamza is one of 11 participants taking part in a three-day intermediate course near Ku-ring-gai National Park, Ingleside, north of Sydney.”Coming out here and spending a few days here and removing myself from that, I’m feeling like I’m detoxing a little from that sphere of the world,” he said Topics : “The more knowledge you have… it actually gives you a sense of confidence and then you can make better informed decisions.”Course participants learn how to erect a shelter, build a fire, solar and celestial navigation, forage for edible plants, some within a timed environment designed to emulate the stress of a real survival situation.”They’ve got a timed period to make a fire using the procedure that we’ve given them because it makes it efficient. They may have to light a fire to signal for help, to boil water to give to a person that’s suffering from hypothermia,” Dedman said.”The other thing is that the timed deliverables gives an element of stress and in a survival situation you’re going to be very, very stressed.”center_img Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organizers of a course outside Sydney said.The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills like foraging for food and water, and also offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. The course filled up soon after the lockdown began to be eased late last month, and there is a lot of demand, the organizers said.”A lot of people come to learn self discipline. How to organize themselves and organize themselves in a natural environment,” said instructor Gordon Dedman at Bushcraft Survival Australia, who is a former army commando.last_img read more

Livid Gregg Popovich restrained after being ejected in Spurs’ loss

first_imgPopovich had been ejected just once since 2017, according to Spurs fan site, and 19 times in his 23-season career. After his ejection, Popovich vented his anger at officials, and was restrained by Spurs star DeMar DeRozan.Gregg Popovich gets his money’s worth before being ejected🎥:— USA TODAY NBA (@usatodaynba) April 1, 2019The Spurs went on to lose, 113-106, their fourth loss in six games, and the team is only a half game ahead of the eighth-place Thunder in the playoff race. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who has seen the Spurs struggle of late, lost his cool in a game against the Kings Sunday.Popovich vehemently argued two calls early in the third quarter. When he walked out onto the floor to express his displeasure with official Tyler Ford, he picked up a technical foul and was ejected.last_img read more