Hostile Environment Training

For journalists and business travellers

2015 Course Dates

We understand the nature of business and media travel and can respond to client requests with very short notice. Please contact us with your requirements.

About the course

Hostile: adj. – Unfavourable to health or well-being; inhospitable or adverse

Any region that has high levels of poverty, poor infrastructure, limited emergency or medical facilities, extremes of weather or is prone to natural disaster constitutes a hostile environment. Combine that with the inherent dangers posed by conflict or post conflict areas and the need for effective awareness training becomes paramount.

Galahad Associates are a specialist security and risk-mitigation company based in Poole. Founded by former Royal Marines and with specialist instructors drawn from UK Special Forces, the private security industry, British army bomb disposal and UK police, we offer a range of realistic and immersive courses.

The courses shown below are illustrative of the level of training we offer, however all of our courses are bespoke to our clients needs and will be specifically tailored to area of operation and previous experience of the attendees.

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2 Day Travel Awareness Package

International travel, although rewarding isn’t without its risks. The Galahad Travel awareness course is designed to help travellers mitigate against those potential threats by offering up to date advice and practical training.

From basic travel preparation and packing to minimising threat from street crime or kidnap, our experienced instructors will pass on knowledge gained over many years working in austere environments and providing security to travellers.

Subjects covered in this practical course include:

  • Pre travel preparation and planning
  • Contingency planning
  • Kit and equipment
  • Health and well-being
  • Cultural awareness
  • Personal safety when travelling on foot and in vehicles
  • Hotel security
  • Basic first aid skills
  • Common tricks and scams
  • Country specific travel advice

4 Day Hostile Environment Awareness Package

These courses are aimed at those working in, or re-entering hostile or post conflict areas and takes the level of training up considerably from our 2-day course.

The syllabus is designed to prepare personnel for a range of situations and contingencies as well as giving them an understanding of the logistical, security and cultural issues involved in the specific location.

The course comprises a combination of the following modules plus content specific to client’s needs and areas of operation:

  • Theatre specific briefings
  • Personal threat and risk assessment
  • Personal protective equipment and its use
  • Kidnap avoidance and reaction
  • Surveillance awareness
  • Personal security when travelling on foot or in vehicles
  • Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) familiarisation
  • Improvised Explosive Device (IED) awareness
  • Navigation and route planning
  • Hotel and residential security
  • First aid and trauma management
  • Basic personal survival
  • Off road driving
  • Conflict management and self-defence
  • Cultural awareness
  • Contingency and evacuation planning

8 Day Conflict Zone Package

The Conflict zone course is designed for media professionals and NGO personnel who are entering theatres of war or areas of extreme civil unrest.

In addition to the Hostile Environment course content you will also be trained to deal with extreme situations such as vehicle ambush, illegal checkpoints, IED and armed attacks.

We also include an in-depth medical training package that leads to the award of the First Person on Scene Intermediate qualification and is a designed to deliver the skills required to not only deal with major trauma such as ballistic or blast injuries, but also keep casualties alive for extended periods when professional emergency services aren’t available.

As with all of our courses this is an immersive experience in which attendees will be taken out of their comfort zones in readiness for the environments they will be operating in.

We make full use of experienced role-players, simulated casualties, pyrotechnics and our extensive training areas to provide the most realistic training available.

Expedition Training

For anyone planning an expedition, be it a TV crew, charity or aid organisation or intrepid traveller, Galahad Associates can offer professional pre-deployment training.

Based at our 100 acre training centre in Hampshire, we have a range of different terrains, from dense woodland to open sand, as well as a state of the art, purpose built off-road driving area.

Our expedition courses can be developed to suit your needs and can include the following:

  • Off-road driving techniques
  • Vehicle extraction and winching
  • Basic vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Personal survival skills
  • Remote area medical training
  • Environmental training (hot or cold)
  • Advanced navigation


Meet the team

JP is one of the UK’s most highly regarded Close Protection instructors with a vast amount of operational and training experience. Having served in the Royal Marines in a variety of operational roles that include CP and surveillance, JP left in 2002 to forge a highly successful career in commercial Close Protection. Having provided Close Protection to Royalty, celebrities and high level business executives in over 20 countries over 5 continents JP is supremely qualified to design and deliver Close Protection training courses.

SL served for 27 years with the Royal Marines, 21 of which were with UKSF meaning that SL brings an un-paralleled amount of experience to the team. With a skill set that spans close protection and surveillance as well as hostage negotiation, counter terrorism and advanced driving SL has extensive operational experience around the globe. Since leaving the marines SL has gone on to forge a successful career in commercial security as well as becoming a qualified Krav Maga instructor.

AH is another former Royal Marine with a vast amount of Close Protection experience gained since 2005. Alex spent several years as the personal protection officer for a high-ranking member of a Middle Eastern Royal family, providing security during international travel. More recently AH has been involved in maritime security and has undertaken transits on both commercial shipping and super-yachts. AH is also a qualified personal fitness and physical intervention instructor.

SM comes from a police career spanning 30 years, a large percentage of which was served as a surveillance operative working on high-level operations including organised crime and anti-terror. Since 2005 SM was an advanced surveillance instructor delivering training to both the police and UK Special Forces. SM is also a police advanced driver and assessor.



Galahad Associates are an approved training centre for both Edexcel and Highfield and offer a range of accredited and endorsed qualifications.

Depending on the level of training required we can offer in-house certification such as CONDO as well as external qualifications including First Person on Scene (FPOS) and First aid at work (FAAW)

We can also work with clients to develop and deliver their own endorsed qualifications and training packages.





Course Prices

Our courses are fully bespoke and can be tailored to clients requirements.  Our prices are dependent on course numbers, location and content.

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Specialist training facility in Hampshire

Our specialist training facility is located near Ringwood in Hampshire and covers an area of over 100 acres with a number of different terrains and training areas. This gives us scope for a range of scenarios and evolutions to be run on site.

With full catering and classroom facilities including wifi, our training area is amongst the very best in the UK and is another reason that we are industry leaders.






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