Navigation Level 1
This course is being offered in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. Successful graduates will be certified to lead trips into terrain where route choices are generally simple but may require the ability to read maps and use a compass or GPS as per the the description for Class 2 terrain in the hiking terrain matrix.
Course fee includes instruction and student manual.
The primary learning content for this course will be reading the course manual and practicing the pre-course exercises.The field portion of the course will be 50% discussion and practice of the topics followed by an exam with theoretical and practical components.
Topics covered include:
- Identifying key symbols on the topographical map
- Identifying key landscape features on a map using contour markings
- Calculating elevation differences and distances between two points on a map
- Understanding the military grid reference system
- Calculating a military grid reference for points on a map
- Understanding the difference between true, grid and magnetic North
- calculate and compensate for declination
- Understanding how to triangulate your position
- Plot a bearing on a map