PATC LAND NAVIGATION COURSE   -  Click here to register

Location: Blackburn Trail Center
Date: 28 September, 2019
Time: Class Instruction 10:00 to 12:00 Field Instruction 12:00 to 13:00
Instructor: Tom Wallace
Cost: $25.00 per person

The course will be an overview of land navigation skills designed to initiate confidence with the following topics: map reading, compass use, terrain association, land nav techniques, time control planning, and UTM coordinates. The instructor is experienced with teaching both novice and advanced students in the same class. The course will build from remedial to advanced skills. The field work will vary depending on the course location and the weather conditions on the day of the class. (See below for field work topics).

Course duration:
 Class room: 2.0 Hrs. Field Work: 1.0 Hr.

Topics to be Covered:
 - Map symbols
 - Terrain Features
 - Orienting the map (visually with terrain association, and by compass)
 - Using the compass
 - Map legend information
 - Using the graphic scale
 - Measuring route distance
 - Measuring ground distance (pace count)
 - Azimuth What is NORTH (True vs. magnetic)
 - Declination
 - Navigation concepts (steering marks, handrails, catching features, attack points, waypoints)
 - Navigation techniques (Aiming off, squaring off)
 - Resection (fixing your position)
 - Time control plan
 - UTM coordinates

Field Work:
 - Taking an azimuth with your compass
 - Orienting the map (visually with terrain association, and by compass)
 - Pacing

At the discretion of the instructor additional field work could be added. This is dependent upon the terrain available at the class location and weather conditions on the day of the class.

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