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No Previous Experience Required: Open To All Aged 16+ 

(Note: if clients are under 18 they need an adult with them)

Navigation is a key skill that everyone should know. It is the skill that can prevent us becoming lost, and in turn, prevent putting us into a survival situation.
Further more it can lead us out of many difficult positions by taking us to safety and avoiding dangerous ground. This course is divided into three major parts, Basic Theory Practical, Advanced Theory Practical and Improvised 'Survival' Theory and Practical.

Course Syllabus:


What is a map?
Map reading basics.
Use of contours to show relief of land.

Reading the map:

Orienting & Setting the map.
Attack points.
Aiming off.Reading of contours.
Use of contours.
Route selection.
Types and effective use of a compasses.
Determining location.
Bearings, Back Bearings and walking on Bearings.
Aspect of the slope.

Important Information:

Recommended Kit

We do allow tents and gas cookers on this course.
A full and complete equipment list will be provided along with specific directions once your booking is confirmed. However, as a minimum you will need to bring with you some basic kit such as; Waterproof Jacket & Trousers, Suitable Foot Ware, Torch, Billy Can or Cooking Pot, Drinking Cup/Mug and a Water Bottle. Should you decide not to bring a tent you will need a bivi bag and a basha or tarp. Don't worry if you haven't got everything you need, we do hire the less common stuff which is typically a lot cheaper than buying.

Start and Finish Times

All courses start at 9:30 am on their start date and typically finish around 4pm on the end date. 

Food is provided (you may want to bring your favourite snack)



Kid's 3 Day Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant course and a great weekend with a very informative teacher

Wayne S

5 Day Basic to Advanced ⭐⭐⭐⭐
5 Day Basic to Advanced ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It's only by coming on such a course does one realize how ill prepared one is for surviving in the outdoors

The instructor was great - sharing practical skills & knowledge in an inclusive manner; giving us all the chance to practice our newly acquired skills ; I excelled at knots & fire starting

Perry L

Mountain Survival Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mountain Survival Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic course. Phenomenal staff, team and routes.

Adam T

5 Day Basic to Advanced Woodland Survival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5 Day Basic to Advanced Woodland Survival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I thoroughly enjoyed the course Andy and Amo were great and their experience showed. October 2020 was tough but a great time even when wet!!
I will take a lot away from this especially the psychological side. Mentally it is as tough as the physical but I can say I'll be back! I cannot recommend this course enough - if you want to be challenged and your willing to push yourself.
It teaches that giving up and giving in is not a option!

Stephen B

3 Day Kids
3 Day Kids' Advanced Survival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Our second year under Andy’s guidance and what a great adventure we had!
Absolutely fantastic time with my eight year old son and a small group of like minded dads and kids.
It was challenging for the kids and the assessments were hard but Andy helped them through and was keen engaging and above all patient!
Thanks to Trueways and particularly Andy for looking after us so well in these difficult times.

Dominic and Lawrence

Kid's Woodland Survival Course ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My survival enthusiastic 9 year old throughly enjoyed 2 days on Cannock Chase. All of the children responded well to excellent tuition from Andy who struck up a quick rapore. Excellent venue which is of interest from a historical perspective and made the night time treasure hunt a brilliant experience. Adults will learn things too and will stand your children in good stead if they go on to do DofE. Thanks for a great weekend.

James H