1-Day Navigation Course: Beginner Level

(8 customer reviews)


If you want to learn how to use a map and compass then the 1-day navigation course is a great place to start! Using a variety of tried and tested interactive workshops, you learn how to use a map and compass inside before we head out to try these skills in the real world.

We provide everything you need to get started, all you need to bring is enthusiasm (and maybe some sturdy shoes!)

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We like to keep our courses numbers low so that you get more personalized training and a better experience. On our 1-Day Beginner Navigation course you will learning the following aspects:

  • Orientation of the map to what you see around you
  • Using large-scale features to follow a route
  • Thumbing the route to keep on track
  • Using line-features to navigate safely
  • Using the compass to orientate the map & find your direction of travel
  • Developing an understanding of contours and how to best use them
  • Relocation – what to do if you get lost

Important Notes: Included in the price is tea & coffee throughout the day, but you’ll need to bring your own lunch. The afternoon will be predominantly outside (weather permitting), so please bring appropriate clothing for the weather. We provide all participants with resources for the session including maps and compasses.


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8 reviews for 1-Day Navigation Course: Beginner Level

  1. Sue Light

    Had a great day out with Sion on his day course in Gifford. We covered basic navigation and compass work and he made it fun and entertaining. Couldn’t get my ‘bearings’ but Sion was very patient with me and everyone in the class.

    I would certainly recommend the course for anyone who needs a ‘brush up’ or is new to hill walking navigation

  2. Jill Wallis

    An excellent days course covering all you need to know to head out with a map and compass and know what to do with it, and the other techniques used to orientate yourself. Sion’s calm and easygoing approach makes the experience very enjoyable as well as informative.

  3. Maura Hossack

    The evening map reading course was very informative and easy to understand. Sion explains the basics of map reading clearly and if there is anything which is not clear he takes time to explain. An excellent beginners map reading course.

  4. Allan Marshall

    Attended the 1 day beginners map reading course. Thoroughly enjoyed the way in which it was delivered and the detail. Especially enjoyed getting out and about trying the skills we had learned in the afternoon.

  5. Debz Hay

    We really enjoyed our teaching session with Sion. He explained things easily throughout the day. The group size was perfect which enabled him to take extra time with some aspects that weren’t fully understood. It’s given me confidence to explore maps and hills further and hopefully one day I’ll manage to find Ben Macdui!

  6. Carrie Macintosh

    Fantastic course. Sion is really knowledgable and the course runs at a great pace with plenty time to ask questions. Can’t wait to put new skills into practice (Review on Facebook, 11th August, 2019)

  7. Karen Simpson

    great day, well worth it, value for money, very informative course, and the content of course was well delivered , small group so plenty of time to ask questions. Friendly and fun. (review on Facebook, 3rd August, 2019).

  8. Monika Halcro

    Really enjoyable, good pace and a good mix of theory and practice. Now looking forward to honing my newly learned skills (review on Facebook, 11th August, 2019).

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