Cade Courtley, host of Spike TV’s original series “Surviving Disaster,” is the ideal person to host the first television series that may actually save your life in the face of imminent danger. After all, as a former Navy SEAL, Courtley faced imminent danger for a living.
Raised in Boulder, CO, Courtley graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration and was commissioned into the United States Navy as an Ensign.
A standout from the beginning of his military career as a Naval Officer, Courtley was the Class Leader in his BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL) training. After 19 months, two Hell Weeks, three broken legs and a fractured skull, LT Courtley graduated and became a Navy SEAL. He was then chosen to attend the elite SEAL Sniper school, privilege only given to a select few. While on active duty he went on to lead highly classified, high-risk operations around the world as an Assistant Platoon Commander, SEAL Team Two; and later Platoon Commander SEAL Team One. As the Senior SEAL Instructor (Naval Special Warfare Center) he realized his operational (shooter) life was nearing an end and began to make the transition to a second career in civilian life. Opportunity came knocking when he received a phone call to participate in Mark Burnett’s “Combat Missions.” His new career landed him in Hollywood where he made several more television and film appearances, worked as a technical advisor and wrote a produced screenplay. Having not quite "gotten it out of his system" Courtley decided to return to his former high-risk profession with several recent tours to Iraq working as an "Independent Contractor." His strong background in military Special Operations has made him the obvious choice to host “Surviving Disaster.” Courtley, currently living in Los Angeles, will now be in front of the camera saving lives in a whole new way. Once a SEAL, always a SEAL.