Craig Denis Nicholson
Writer, Inspirational Speaker and Professional Pilot.
Craig Nicholson is a writer, speaker, professional pilot, and the author of the Wholesome Balance group of websites. He also has an interest in family, photography, sports, nature (especially birds), geometry and personal growth.
He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating from High School, he spent 12 years in the South African Air Force as a pilot and flying instructor. He also became interested in research and writing in several areas, including personal and spiritual growth. In the 1980s he self-published "Helping Perspectives", a booklet of inspirational poetry, and "Freedom for South Africans," a booklet on the current political situation in South Africa under apartheid. In it he proposed some non-racial solutions which would foster fairness, security and freedom for all South Africans.
In 1987 he resigned from the SA Air Force (as the Flight Commander on 17 Squadron with the rank of Major) to pursue a civilian flying career. A year later he immigrated to Canada. He has worked in various areas including flying helicopters and as a civil aviation inspector. He flew in the oil patch, in the Arctic, as an Air Ambulance/EMS pilot and for a scheduled helicopter airline service. He also got involved in volunteer work and public speaking. He continued his research and writing, including on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In 2000 he created this Balance for Wholesome Living website.
In 2009 he started writing about his survival experience and published The One-Stop Survival Preparedness Guide website and e-book for your physical and financial survival preparedness. He is happily married with two children and two grandchildren.
He started learning about survival in Boy Scouts. He learnt a lot more about survival when he joined the South African Air Force. Between the airplane and jet training phases, they did the practical survival phase, included being dropped off in a remote part of the Harkerville forest near Knysna to survive for a week with little more than an old parachute and a survival knife.
Years later, after moving on to helicopters, he did underwater escape training. This involved being strapped into a metal contraption that simulated an aircraft cockpit, which was plunged under water and turned upside down, simulating a crash. He has since done this type of training plus winter survival training many times in various places in Canada.
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