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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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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show is just not as good without Dave. This new guy is annoying as hell.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show is just not as good without Dave. This new guy is annoying as hell.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The article above well describes that Dave was a much better fit than Joe on Duel Survival. I watched the show last night and agree that the "new guy" is definitely aggressive, overbearing and annoying to watch. A "know it all kind of guy" who needs to listen first and learn from the experience that Cody has to offer. Joe will never make it and neither will Duel Survival!! Dave made a mistake, but very minor, when it comes to his REAL survival skills.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The article above well describes that Dave was a much better fit than Joe on Duel Survival. I watched the show last night and agree that the "new guy" is definitely aggressive, overbearing and annoying to watch. A "know it all kind of guy" who needs to listen first and learn from the experience that Cody has to offer. Joe will never make it and neither will Duel Survival!! Dave made a mistake, but very minor, when it comes to his REAL survival skills.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The article above well describes that Dave was a much better fit than Joe on Duel Survival. I watched the show last night and agree that the "new guy" is definitely aggressive, overbearing and annoying to watch. A "know it all kind of guy" who needs to listen first and learn from the experience that Cody has to offer. Joe will never make it and neither will Duel Survival!! Dave made a mistake, but very minor, when it comes to his REAL survival skills.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The article above well describes that Dave was a much better fit than Joe on Duel Survival. I watched the show last night and agree that the "new guy" is definitely aggressive, overbearing and annoying to watch. A "know it all kind of guy" who needs to listen first and learn from the experience that Cody has to offer. Joe will never make it and neither will Duel Survival!! Dave made a mistake, but very minor, when it comes to his REAL survival skills.

Submitted by geosmdavic (not verified) on
Dave you are an awesome guy who taught me a lot. You made me laugh when I needed it most. You and Cody both made an great team. When I watched you guys I learned something every week. I watch this new episode twice and I didnt see one tad bit of information that was helpful. I think Cody wanted to smack him around and I saw him show his butt when he " killed a pig" and I could not tell if he was acting or lying about acting either way he should have been fired on the spot if they are going to try to feed us that mess and tell us it's surviving ...Cody if you are reading this you are a man of honor, at least from what I've read about you I can tell you are. This show has helped me in ways you have no idea. You remind me a lot of my grandfather. He was a great man who went everywhere. The first time I watched the show it was like he was speaking to me through you. I know I got off the point there for a sec but Cody you need to get back to teaching us on dual survival .. Dave was a great teacher also . I learned a lot from Dave .. But this guy... Nothing ,he's not a teacher. ... Maybe you guys should do a show with someone who is not an expert (a diffent person each week) and you lead them back to rescue and you teach them along the way of real life things that happened to people and you can teach us how to get out of it.... That would be a cool show... I would love to be your first guest survivor!!!! Something to think about Cody...

Submitted by Paddy (not verified) on
1. It's a TV show. No one but the people making it will know what is real and what is edited for television. 2. The new guy was obviously chosen by the show because of his similarities to Dave's personality. 3. They've only aired the special and one episode. Give it a little time before you come down too harsh on the new guy. 4. The reason him lying is important is because, based on his reported background, people will take these survival tips as gospel. If your lawyer cheated on his bar exam, you would be suspect of his ability to defend you in court. 5. By Dave's admission, he lied because A. It would better his family (i.e. he would get paid a lot of money) and B. He would be able to pass on his knowledge to the world (i.e. he wouldn't have been hired otherwise). So, he is fine with doing anything for money, and he believes that he is more informed than people with better qualifications than his own.

Submitted by Ron I (not verified) on
Dave should have his own survival show called "The Common Man Survivor". Dave was great in Dual Survival and should have his own show. I would watch it instead of Cody and Joe any day.

There were some rumblings about a show for Dave on the Outdoor Channel for awhile, but then they quieted down; I don't know if there is anything official or current either way on something such as that.

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