Land Navigation

If there is one sure way to end up in a survival situation, it's getting lost in the wilderness. Our Land Navigation training will give you with a working knowledge of land navigation skills that will provide you with the freedom and confidence to travel the wilderness whether on- or off-trail.

Our Land Navigation program of training is designed as a series of progressive courses as follows:

  • Level 1 - Knowledge & Skills (Map, Compass, GPS)
  • Level 2 - Navigational Aids & Techniques
  • Level 3 - Advanced (Natural & Night) Navigation
Land Navigation Training

LandNav - Level 2

Level 2 builds on the foundation of skills learned in Level 1 with additional techniques and their practical application to enhance one's ability to navigate across an unknown landscape.

Day 1 will jump straight into plotting a route on a map before heading into the bush for evaluation of skills - we aim to challenge you! The day will finish in the classroom discussing navigational techniques.
Note: it is expected that you already know all the skills from Level 1, although the instructors will provide assistance there will be no review session.
Day 2 will conclude any learning and discussion from Day 1, then head straight into the bush for a day of practicing navigational techniques.

Syllabus (includes, but not limited to)

  • Types of Navigation
  • Terrain Association
  • Obstacle Maneuvering
  • Triangulation (resection, bi-angulation)
  • Route-planning
  • Overview of Publicly Available Mapping Software
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Land Navigation Training

LandNav - Level 1

Level 1 instills the foundation of knowledge necessary for Land Navigation. We will learn how to read and interpret Canadian Topographic Maps, effectively use a compass, and access the Global Positioning System (GPS) for verification and back-up of our skills.

Day 1 will focus on the theoretical training of map & compass as well as practical demonstrations and activity, finishing with a short exercise to prepare for day 2.
Day 2 will spend a short time learning to use a GPS Receiver, however most of the day will be spent out in the woods practicing and honing our navigational skills.

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • Importance of Map care and maintenance
  • Reading and Interpreting a Map
  • Plotting a position on a Map (Lat./Long., UTM, MGRS)
  • Compass Theory
  • Sighting and Setting Bearings
  • Law of Parallax and Lateral Drift
  • Declination
  • Plotting a route on a map
  • Measuring distance both on the map and on the ground
  • Use of a GPS Receiver to aid traditional navigational skills
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LandNav - Level 3

Level 3 takes all the skills previously learned and puts them to the test on a 5-day trip into the wilderness. In addition, some additional topics will be covered as listed below.

Syllabus (includes, but not limited to)

  • In-field Route Selection
  • Safe overland travel
  • Natural Navigation
  • Night Navigation

Navigation training is survival prevention
Survival training is first aid prevention
First Aid training is suffering prevention.

Land Navigation - Level 1

Prerequisites: None

Duration: 2 full days

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6

Cost: $300 + tax

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses

Land Navigation - Level 2

Prerequisites:

  • LandNav1 recommended (there will be no review of foundational knowledge)

Duration: 2 full days

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:6

Cost: $300 + tax

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses

Land Navigation - Level 3

Prerequisites:

Duration: 5-day wilderness trip, plus preparation ahead of time

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:4

Cost: due to the nature of this course, each trip is different and tailored to the abilities and interests of the participants. Contact us for pricing.

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses