Dave Canterbury

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Dave Canterbury
Dave Canterbury.jpg
Dave Canterbury in 2013
Born (1963-09-19) September 19, 1963 (age 58)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1981–87
Unit984th Military Police Company,
260th Military Police Company
Other workSurvival Instructor, former television presenter
WebsiteThe Pathfinder School

David Michael Canterbury (born September 19, 1963) is a survival expert who co-starred on the reality television show Dual Survival for two seasons (2010–11) which aired on the Discovery Channel.[1] He is also an author, publishing Bushcraft 101 in 2014 (which made The New York Times Best Seller list),[2] Survivability for the Common Man (2011), and Advanced Bushcraft (2015). In 2015 Canterbury co-starred in a survival series called Dirty Rotten Survival, which aired on the National Geographic Channel.

He first worked on a reptile farm, then as a commercial fisherman and diver in Florida.[3]

Canterbury is currently the owner and one of the instructors at the Pathfinder School in southeast Ohio. Canterbury teaches survival techniques, promoting what he calls the "5 Cs of Survivability": a cutting tool, a combustion device, cover, a container, and cordage.[4] He has a YouTube TV channel on which he posts survival-themed instructional videos.[5][6][7]

On the show Dual Survival, Canterbury demonstrated various survival skills, such as how to cauterize an injury using gunpowder and fire. He intentionally sliced open his own arm and then had his co-host, Cody Lundin, use this technique to stop the bleeding.[8] In 2012 the producers decided Canterbury would not be returning to the show when it was found that he lied about his military record.[9][10][11]


  • Canterbury, Dave (2010). Survivability for the Common Man. The Pathfinder School LLC. ISBN 978-0983954507.
  • Canterbury, Dave (2014). Bushcraft 101. Adams Media. ISBN 9781440579776.


  1. ^ Dawn, Randee (June 11, 2010). "Odd couple battle elements in "Dual Survival"". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  2. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ "DUAL SURVIVAL EXPERTS: DAVE CANTERBURY". Discovery Channel. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  4. ^ Canterbury, Dave (June 16, 2011). "11C's of Survivability Quick Run Down1". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  5. ^ "The Pathfinder School LLC YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  6. ^ Wood, Greg (October 23, 2009). "Surviving on next to nothing". The Hutchinson News. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/SurvivalAdventureNet
  8. ^ Ito, Robert (September 4, 2011). "Roll cameras: Now eat the freshly killed wildebeest". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  9. ^ "Cody Lundin Announces Dual Survival Changes" (Press release). June 13, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  10. ^ Dillard, Mechele R. (July 7, 2012). "Dual Survival coming back for Season Three, but no Dave". HULIQ. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  11. ^ Dave Canterbury (2013). Discussing DS. Archived from the original on January 6, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013.

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