Occupation: Survival Coach
Current Residence: California
Relationship Status: In a Relationship
Skills: Primitive fire, trapping, hunting, bow making, flint-knapping, basketry, pottery, hide tanning, shelter, water purification and tracking
Tom McElroy has taught survival and primitive skills to more than 10,000 students worldwide over the past 20 years.
During his twenties, Tom spent an entire year living off the land. He built and lived in a shelter made from forest material, made fire by friction, purified water naturally, hunted, fished and gathered all of his own food. Subsequently, Tom went on to become one of a handful of instructors to teach at the world-renowned Tracker Inc. Tom Brown's Wilderness Survival, Awareness and Tracking School.
Tom has taught primitive survival skills to a wide range of people, from young children, to avid hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and elite military groups, including Seal Team Six. He has also consulted for numerous news programs and films.
Tom holds a BA degree in Anthropology and Geography from Rutgers University and a Masters in International Policy related to Indigenous Peoples from the University of Connecticut. During his course of study, Tom was fortunate enough to travel the world learning the "old-ways" from myriad groups of remote indigenous people. He hunted with blowguns in the Amazon with the Huaorani tribe, ran through Copper Canyon with the Tarahumara (Raramuri), lived with a tribal shaman in a palm thatched hut off the coast of Sumatra, trekked through the Baliem Valley of Papua New Guinea, the Andes of Peru, Sumba, Indonesia, and the Costa Rican jungle.
Throughout all of these experiences, Tom has developed a different way of living, a new perspective of the land, and the realization that survival changes the way people approach their entire lives.