Today we’d like to introduce you to Brady Pesola.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started San Diego School of Survival in 2011 after college when I saw how many hikers went into the San Diego back-country unprepared and where costing the county thousands in rescues. I wanted to start teaching people just the basics of wilderness safety to help prevent injury and even death. After a while, I would start bringing veterans out to the woods and they would find some sense of peace. I started thinking about ways I can get vets out into the wilderness so in 2016, with the help of a few good men, I started Triple B Adventures which is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) where we take veterans out on camps outs every month as well as take them hiking, hunting and fishing. It is a really great time! We have some really great fellow veteran-owned business that helps with us like Kit Fox Outfitters, Spool tools, law offices of D.J. Rausa, Lendit, Blackheart Construction and so much more all located in San Diego.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t get to teach survival as a full-time job yet, so I see that as a bump in the road. I did take a break from it for a year to focus on the success of Triple B Adventures, which in of itself has definitely has had its challenges. But in the end, it is absolutely worth it for the mission of taking veterans outdoors.
Triple B Adventures & San Diego School of Survival – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
San Diego School of Survival is as the name implies, a company that specializes in staying alive in the wilderness, but also in urban environments, disasters and so on. We teach everything from the bush hippy survival to the military and tactical. One of our instructors, Todd, a really great guy is an S.E.R.E and S.A.R. instructor and is one of the most knowledgeable guys I have the pleasure of knowing. One of the more popular courses that both military and on seem to hire us for is Land Navigation. It is also one of our favorites to teach and we like to think we do a pretty good job. The things I have been most proud of are receiving phone calls that something I taught someone saves their life or used a technique I taught them that saved another life.
For Triple B Adventuress, as mentioned before we take veterans outdoors to hunt, hike, camp and fish. It’s definitely a way for us to get outdoors and away from the rat races. so far we have had 18 campouts, 10 hunts, 6 fishing trips, over 200 hours in community service, and countless miles on the trails. My proudest moments are seeing fellow veterans come together to help each other and live each other up.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
There is not a standard definition of success, it’s all subjective, so for me the day I know I have become successful in the morning, I wake up knowing that my only job that day is to teach an outdoor class or take a group of veterans outdoor. The day I am able to leave the regular workforce and devote myself full time to Triple B Adventures or San Diego School of Survival, then, I will say I am successful.
- SDSOS: Land Nav Course, $350 Including classroom and field training (Group Discount Offered)
- SDSOS: 24-hour Confidence Adventure Course $450 (Group Discount Offered)
- SDSOS: In-home disaster preparedness course, 8 hours, $300
- SDSOS: Basic Packing and Back Country Day Hike $100 (Group Discount Offered)
- SDSOS: Weekend Survival Skills Course (Fire, Water, Food, Shelter) Friday-Sunday $700 (Group Discount Offered)
- Website: www.TBA.Vet, www.SanDiegoSOS.com
- Phone: 760-815-7673
- Email: Brady.Pesola@me.com
- Instagram: SanDiegoSOS, Triple B Adventures
- Facebook: San Diego SOS, Triple B Adventures
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