Land Navigation with Topo Map, Compass & GPS


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“When your life depends on it, mobile phones relying on service coverage shouldn’t be your prime navigational tool. That’s why anytime you’re heading off-the-beaten-path to find solitude, a paper map, magnetic compass & GPS are absolutely non-negotiable. But simply carrying these necessities isn’t enough – you must also possess the skills and knowledge to use them effectively to find your way safely.”

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Overview
Since 1997, we have been training outdoors enthusiasts and industry professional in land navigation. This accredited training prepares people to safely travel on a route in a wilderness setting. No previous experience is necessary. Limited class size of twelve (12) people per course. Customized training available, please inquire.
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Requirements
Must be 19 years of age or older to participate. Appropriate clothing, supportive footwear and bear spray are recommended. Anyone interested in becoming a participant may use our sign up form to receive detailed information about upcoming course dates, meeting location, payment method as well as a list of items necessary to bring to the training. Outdoor activities and wilderness travel are inherently risky, a liability waiver must be read, understood and signed by each participant prior to a course..

Training Details
Two days (16 hours) of comprehensive outdoor training enables people of all walks of life to to successfully navigate off-the-beaten-path, in wilderness. This appeals to anyone who spends time in the outdoors: day hikers, backpackers, rock climbers, hunters, mountain bikers, etc. The course is popular and the taught skills are used by search and rescue (SAR) organizations and outdoor professionals worldwide. Cost: CAD $185.00 (tax included).
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Theoretical & Practical Training Components
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Topographic Maps & Features
Recognizing Cardinal Directions
Latitude & Longitude Grid System
Universal Transverse Mercator Grid System
Military Grid Reference System
Coordinate Data Interpretation
GPS Coordinate Data Entry & Projections
Exploring Compass Models & Application
Watch & Shadow Stick Improvised Compass
Mirrored Sighting Compass & Operation
Magnetic Declination & Adjustment
Manual Position Finding & Plotting
Taking & Following Bearings
Following Bearings Using The Buddy-System
Buddy-System Low Light Techniques
Terrain Hazards & Traversing
Distance & Time Recording

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