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Dave faces Dual Survival debacle head-on in YouTube video

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Dave Canterbury has finally addressed the ongoing Dual Survival hosting controversy, facing his fans and asking for forgiveness in a new YouTube video.

Dave Canterbury has finally addressed the public turmoil swirling around his disappearance from the popular Discovery Channel series Dual Survival.

Many people have speculated as to whether or not Dave lied on his resume, i.e. did he embellish his experience? Discovery Channel has never formally addressed the issue, which has done nothing but fuel the fires of online chats and message boards. And, many fans have angrily expressed their disappointment in the one-time reality star, others indicating hurt feelings and sadness over the situation—at least, the situation as it has been rumored to be to this point.

“I did,” Dave says honestly in a YouTube video posted on January 3, 2013, regarding whether or not he embellished some points on his resume. “I didn’t do it to hurt anyone,” he explains, “I didn’t do it to make things difficult for anyone in my family. I actually did it to, number one, better my family,” he says, “and, number two, to be able to bring the skills that I teach to a mass audience.”

Upon applying to be a part of the show and sending the resume to the Discovery Channel, Dave says that he thought it wasn’t a big deal. “There was nothing sinister in my plan,” he explains. “I was naïve to television, naïve to the entertainment industry, naïve to the way things work, and I just thought, ‘no harm, no foul.’”

Yes Harm, Yes Foul

Dave says emphatically that, yes, “Absolutely,” he regrets the embellishment. But, he goes on to add that he is not perfect—none of us are—and that he has “tried to live past it and live through it as best I can. In my school of thought, you don’t go backwards, you only go forward.”

In going forward, Dave has drawn heavily on his Christian beliefs to see him through the darker days. “I have asked forgiveness from God, from Jesus, I have asked forgiveness from my family, and now I’m asking forgiveness from my subscribers and from my friends.”

Dave Emphasizes Real-Life Experience

Fans are now wondering just how much actual outdoors/survivalist experience Dave actually has, but he indicates that he has been working in harsh, outdoors situations, on and off, since he left the military in 1988. “The reason I started the Pathfinder School to begin with was to help pass on some of the things that I have learned, and to learn along the way with the people on YouTube. That is why my motto has always been, ‘Let’s learn together,’” indicating that he learns from his YouTube subscribers every day.

It is clear that Dave is learning from his mistakes regarding the Dual Survival debacle, and is, hopefully, taking what he has learned with him as he goes forward and is putting it all into practice. Closing the video, he states, “I will strive every day for the rest of my life to be a better man, a better Christian.” Additionally, he thanks God and again apologizes for any wrongdoings he has done, and for any hurts he has caused along the way during this more-than-trying time.

Will Fans Forgive?

Many fans have been harsh, but others have been understanding of Dave's situation. Perhaps we should all ask ourselves at least one question: Who among us HASN’T embellished a resume at some point? If not for a formal work resume, shined ourselves up to make a better impression for some other important aspect of our lives? Perhaps, if we really think about his words, we will be better able to understand and maybe even forgive.

Just a thought.

Dual Survival airs on Tuesday nights on the Discovery Channel at 9/8c.

UPDATED: Did Cody, Joe turn trust-building corner in Hawaii?

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Submitted by kela (not verified) on
PS. I much rather watch Dave then Cody.... Cody seems like a bitch... Always complaining ..thinks he knows everythin... When really Dave took the reins and helped Cody survive ... Where's the respect?

Submitted by MichealM (not verified) on
I say who cares because anyone who watched the show knows he was good at what he does. I liked him way more than the new guy and my only disappointment is in the discovery channel. If someone lies on their resume and then does a great job why not let them continue to do it.

Submitted by Rebecca (not verified) on
I am not sure WHAT he embellished, but his survival skills shown in the show were good ones. Even when they had to learn some new things one their own showed us not to give up, should we be in that certain situation. I like Joe Teti so far, but will miss Dave and Cody's interactions. I sit in my comfortable family room watching this show, hoping I never have to use ANY of these skills, but you never know. Thanks, Dave, for the knowledge you shared. Good luck and God bless!

Submitted by staffer (not verified) on
I've read the posts. I'm shocked that people seem to value honestly so little, especially in a profession where people can live or die, survival training. A sad statement . Both showed skills on the show, but the only people that would know competency in survival skills is another survival professional. I know several of these people and all can see that Dave is clearly a new comer to the field. There is nothing wrong with that, but why lie about it...again? Sadder still that people openly trust a person who has repeatedly lied for fame and money. The gene pool at work i guess.

Submitted by staffer2 (not verified) on
U have no idea what ur talking about..openly trust? U earn watching Dave I grew trust him in survival situation.. intergity is something that comes from within and Dave has proved that......and any true survivalist know that in order to survive u need integrity and intention. He's a true survivalist trying to do good for his family and I respect him more for doing so

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have been involved in television production for over 25 years. I've been in front of the camera as on-air talent, behind the camera in production, acted as legal counsel for talent, and as a sponsor of a TV show. I can honestly say that there is very little honesty in the television business, especially reality TV. This show's producers took advantage of Dave's skills for two seasons and then they wanted to make a change. Yes, Dave fudged his resume to get the gig. But, I'll bet that had nothing to do with why they wanted him out.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
did you watch different shows than I did???? Did I miss something...What about the intergrity of Cody who never passes up a dig at his partner of two years. He is acting like a scorned woman.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I can' t believe you mention tv and trust in same paragraph dude. Discovery channel is the biggest frauds ever. They are the ones that got busted when big bad bear Grylls was camping in a hotel; they are the biggest fn liars on tv and they and you have the nerve to chastise Mr. Dave is a pretty smart dude with a tone of knowledge in more skills than you will ever know. Just watch his YT vodeos he has been sharing for free since 2008 if you want to learn survival skills, hunting, trapping, archery, guns, fishing, shelters, throwing a tomahawk, sharpening knives and axes, making arrows and bows, blacksmithing....I could go on forever about Daves skills. What does the philosophical candy ass bush hippy know besides making a fire and spouting off gay poetry. I liked Dave on the show because he challenged Cody. In his side interviews he always refered to him as a bush hippy that needed to put frickin shoes on. Dave brought pigs, gators and snakes to the camp while Cody gathered plants an picked berries from an elephants ass....what a bitch. The show will suffer without Dave. However, good for Dave, he is back where he should be....back in the woods making yt videos of real survival skills.

Submitted by Smokin Joe (not verified) on
What kind of survival professional would knowingly put himself in danger by going barefoot in freezing cold and snow? Is that what you call competent? I suppose you never embellished anything on your resume either. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Not aware of any controversy re Dave's participation in Dual Survival, I was looking forward to new episodes. Seeing new partner Joe had me puzzled until now. My feelings on the matter are as follows: It doesn't really matter what was said in the resume. What matters is that Dave and Cody worked very well together and were respectful of each others abilities in various survival situations. While they did not always agree on some things, it seemed they always managed to work things out in a fairly congenial manner. No heavy arguing bouts, no talking over the other, and no raised voices. This was a very pleasant change from the usual "reality" shows, and was, overall, a "feel good" show. Dave's replacement is aggressive, overbearing and obviously feels he knows a lot more about everything than Cody, and the two do get into a head butting mode - more often than should be happening. Joe seems to have very little respect for Cody's field experience. This is very annoying, as is his personality. This interesting and entertaining (and educational) show does not need constant personal conflict, which is unpleasant and annoying. I feel that Dave and Cody were a fine combination, and would very much like to see them together again. From what I've seen so far of the new season, there is much to be desired - or deleted - to make it once again a really enjoyable viewing experience.To whom do I write to express these opinions - preferably a high mucky-muck who cares about the input of viewers of this show?


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