Gordon Dedman is a former member of the Australian Army 1st Commando Regiment and is currently a survival instructor in NORFORCE, an Australian Army Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU) which conducts patrols in the remote wilderness areas of northern Australia, working closely with Aboriginal communities.
Gordon provides civilian training in Australia through his school Bushcraft Survival Australia. In addition, Gordon works seasonally as a tour guide in Kakadu National Park, which is Australia’s largest national park, covering almost 20,000 square kilometers.
I first met Gordon when he undertook some courses with me in the UK a few years back and we have kept in regular contact ever since.
For this podcast we caught up in Melbourne, Australia to discuss Gordon’s experiences and work, and to get into some detail on bushcraft and survival in Australia.
Also it’s worth mentioning that I’m often asked by younger people how to create a career around bushcraft and survival skills. Gordon’s career path is an interesting one and I think the way he balances his different interests, commitments and income streams is thought provoking for those who wish to work in our field, whether young people looking to build a career or older people looking to change career direction.
Our conversation forms Episode 49 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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