Open to All aged 17+
No Previous experience required
Navigation is a key skill that everyone should know. It is the skill that can prvent 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.
Trueways 2 Day Map Reading and Navigation Course Syllabus
What is a map ?
Types of mapping available.
Map reading basics.
Key symbols and margin information.
Use of contours to show relief of land.
Bring mapping up to date.
Reading the map
Orienting & Setting the map.
What are Route cards and how do they work ?
Writing and Filing route cards.
Leaving route cards.
Latitude and Longtitude.
Universal Transverse Mercator - What is it and how will it help you.
Scale and it's interpretation
Metric and Imperial systems.
Types and effective us of a compasses.
Degrees and Mils.
Bearings, Back Bearings and Walking on bearings.
Re-section basic and advanced.
Aspect of the slope.
Reading of contours.
Use of contours.
Route selection and Cross Graining.
How to use GPS correctly.
The pitfalls of GPS and choosing a GPS to buy.
GPS accuracy and the myths.
Drawing and using sketch maps.
Using natural signposts for navigation.
Classroom theory with a mix of practical lessons and summative testing.
Practical test of navigation skills.
Daytime and nightime practical exercises.
Be prepared to walk at least 10 miles in all weather.
Map of area of course and course notes.
Standard Trueways kit list is required for this course, however we do allow Tents and Gas Cookers on this course as we will not be teaching survival skills such as shelter building and fire lighting.
Your compass must not be of the bubble type.
Why Choose Trueways?
Trueways Survival offers survival and outdoor preparation courses to suit any taste or at any level of experience. Our courses are designed to take the beginner from those very first steps all the way to training in our Global Environments Training packages. Trueways is the only Survival School in the UK with the expertise capable of and offering training anywhere in the world using only their own staff. Let our experience provide you with Real Skills for Real Situations.
Trueways survival courses offer participants the opportunity to learn and practice the skills and techniques needed to survive without the comfort and convenience of four walls and a supermarket! As well as being highly fun and rewarding, these acclaimed courses are based upon the tried and tested methodology of Trueways most senior team member – none other than bestselling SAS Survival Expert John “Lofty” Wiseman, so everything that is taught, demonstrated and explained has the highest level of authority. Lofty Wiseman's is one of the world's foremost experts on survival. His teachings, including multi-million best selling book, 'The SAS Survival Guide' is used the world over as reference by everyday people and experts alike and can be found in 18 languages.
Course Equipment, Site Directions and Timings
We do allow tents and gas cookers in 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 footware, 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. Click HERE to check out our hire page.
Start and Finish Times
All courses start at 10am on their start date and typically finish around 4pm on the end date. Unlike some other schools a Trueways 2 Day survival course is two full days and one full night.
Please do not bring any food as it will be provided for you, please let us know when you book the course if you have any dietary requirements, we can cater for all requirements as long as we know before hand.
Although it is possible to reach some of our training locations by public transport, by the very nature of the courses taught there is some necessity for remoteness with regard to many sites. Therefore, for some sites a taxi may be required for the final leg of your journey if you are not traveling by road. For those travelling by road, all training locations offer parking in some form. All courses are camp based, don't worry this is not a boot camp, there are no long hikes or mountains to climb we want you to have fun and learn.
This is a woodland based level 2 course open to all.