David Arama (aka “The Survivorguy”) has been teaching outdoor programs for more than 30 years; his clients include community colleges and universities, numerous district school boards, and municipal Parks and Recreation departments. David also leads survival courses for a wide range of clubs, businesses, and industry groups, including the Great Lakes Helicopter School, Pontiac Search and Rescue, Humber College (Flight Aviation Program for commercial airline pilots), Falconbridge Mining Corporation, Five Winds Ski Club, Upper Canada College, Markham Scouts and Venturers, and the Single Gourmet Social Club.
David has made numerous television and radio appearances, including on TSN's “The Great Outdoorsman,” Les Stroud’s "Survivorman-Kids” series, "How to Survive" OASIS TV survival mini-series, and Wild TV’s “Angler & Hunter,” as well asThe Weather Network News, Global News, and FAN Radio.
He has also written numerous newspaper articles about wilderness survival and preparedness. In addition to his media appearances, David holds seminars and workshops; clients include the Ontario Camping Association, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Ontario Out-of-Doors Annual Hunting and Fishing Show, the Toronto Sportmen's Show, and the Outdoor Adventure Show.
As the founder of Canada’s Wilderness Survival School, located in northern Ontario, David has written several survival manuals, including the WTI Wilderness Survival Manual, the Outdoors Pursuits Camp Manual, and the Project LOST Manual. Due to David's extensive knowledge of wilderness survival, GPS navigation, map and compass use, nature lore, edible and medicinal plants, and outdoors camping training, he is also a consultant and program designer, having pioneered numerous outdoor programs for groups, individuals, and many summer adventure camps.
David is currently researching lost victims and survival preparedness, and has recently received a grant to develop a "standardized" survival program aimed at saving lives in the wilderness, in association with Search and Rescue and Emergency Measures organizations.
Academically, David has a degree in Environmental Studies, and is completing a M.Ed/PhD in youth-at-risk education.
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Paul Tarsitano is a paramedic, as well as a high-angle rescue and ice-rescue instructor. He also leads remote wilderness first aid courses and survival training.
Chris Reid is a secondary school teacher who leads outdoor education programs for his classes, and instructs at WSC Survival School.