Basic Overland Navigation Course

The Basic Overland Navigation Course is for the person that would like to venture out on there own; it covers all aspects of basic navigation in all weather conditions. The need to know where you are at all times cannot be over stressed. The course duration is 5 days, consisting of 2 days academic, 3 days practical and 4 hours practical night navigation. The teaching ratio is 1 instructor to 2 students. The instructor will assess your progress throughout the course offering advice and encouragement; by the end of the course you will be able to navigate confidently in poor visibility and be able to give your position within 100m using only a map and compass. On completing the course you will receive a course certificate and full course assessment along with a digital copy of all course notes. To attend the Advanced Overland Navigation Course you must have first completed the Basic Overland Navigation Course. For your safety the course instructor will also be trained in First-Aid to instructor level.


  • The need for accurate navigation.

  • Understanding maps and the importance of using the correct terminology.

  • Understanding and using grids.

  • Giving a six figure map reference (O.S.G.B.).

  • Grid Magnetic Angle (G.M.A.) and Grid Convergence Angle (G.C.A.).

  • Understanding grid bearings, true bearings, magnetic bearings and reciprocal bearings.

  • Using the degree and the millieme.

  • Using the compass.

  • Basic contouring, handrailing and aiming-off.

  • Finding your position using the compass.

  • Using the sun, the moon & the stars.

  • Using a G.P.S. in conjunction with the compass.

Learn to navigate accurately in conditions and terrains like these.

The cost of the course depends on your individual requirements; please contact us for the various options.