Polaris Wilderness Adventure Ltd, (Polaris Bushcraft) was set up in June 2012 by Graham Couling with the aim of enabling him to further and share his knowledge of, and passion for the outdoors, nature and wildlife, increasing peoples understanding of the skills our ancestors, which supported our race for millenia, yet are unknown to most people today. We pride pourselves on teaching both modern survival and traditonal living skills to provide a truely rewarding experience from both day workshops and longer courses which inevitably enrich clients understanding of, and connection with, both the natural world and our own past.

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Graham Couling Polaris Founder.

Graham founded Polaris Bushcraft in June 2012, to enable him to share his passion and knowledge of Bushcraft and the Natural World with others, and to devote more time to  furthering his own practical research in this vast and fascinating  subject. Prior to this Graham was a Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police serving for ten years. His passion for the outdoors was ignited by early experiences as a Cub and Scout where he did his first backwoods survival course as a boy.

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 From this point on his fascination led him to seek out whatever information he could on the subject of Survival and other skills that have since become popularly known as Bushcraft. Whilst still in his early teens Graham was putting into practise what he read, starting with Lofty Wisemans SAS Survival Guide, and leading to numerous other sources. Graham learned from experience how to build shelters to stay warm and dry, reliably light fires in all weathers, use axes and knives, prepare small game and cook, navigate by day and night and much more, often the hard way.  When in the sixth form a school link to a mountaineering club in North Wales gave meant Graham and his friends began, for a few years , spending many a winter weekend using a mountain hut in Snowdonia National Park, as a base for numerous adventures, sometimes foolhardy and  often in extreme weather. Graham also became a Young Leader for the Scouts around this time whilst studying for his A-levels. When he was at University on the south coast Graham continued his wild camping and walking, spending many happy hours exploring the length and breadth of the New Forest.  During and after University Graham worked for several years as a Park Ranger at a large country park  with a significant wetland nature reserve, a river and two lakes. Whilst patroling here Graham had ample opportunity to study the behaviour of wildlife both on and around the water and the 120 acre parkland.

During his police career Graham enjoyed regular trips hiking, camping and exploring wild places both at home and abroad, from the Arizona Desert, to the Rainforests of Malaysia, but it is within our own British woodland the Graham finds the greatest connection both to nature and our own past as a species

As a Police Sergeant Graham has over 5 years experience specialising in youth engagement projects working with challenging groups from a broad range of backgrounds, and was also fortunate enoough to recieve animal behavioural training for his work with dangerous dogs.

He also began taking specific courses to further his skills, whilst still in the force. This led him to first of all study for the NCFE Level 3 Advanced Bushcraft Award, followed by pursuing formal tracking courses and receiving instruction from both Perry McGee and Ray Mears. Other courses followed culminating in the industry leading NCFE Bushcraft Leadership Award in 2013. This is the only nationally recognised qualification in Bushcraft Instruction, independently verified and awarded by a professional examining body. The demanding syllabus requires candidates to live in the woods for one week per month for ten months of the year, during which they are assessed on their ability to deliver lessons on a range of subjects, as well as their own bushcraft skills such as fire, water, shelter, cooking, bark craft, bow making, woodworking, winter and summer plant and tree ID, Animal Track and Sign interpretation and much more. For more info about the qualification click here.

During 2015 Graham succesfully completed the NCFE Certificate in Practical Ethnobotany  He is a qualified GB Archery, Archery Leader and also teaches school groups about Stone Age life and technology at Celtic Harmony, the award winning Iron Age Heritage Centre.