Navigation Courses and Training

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Navigation training can be as simple as working out how to 'set' the map against the landscape around you so that you can name the landmark on the horizon - or it can be as complicated as navigating to within 5m accuracy in a complete whiteout.

We offer a structured training program for map-and-compass navigation, natural navigation and GPS use.

We work with clients of all types to develop realistic and relevant survival training courses based on case studies, and the extensive experience of our team of instructors.
We deliver courses both as part of the EST Framework and as tailored training packages to meet the individual needs of our clients.

Level 1 EST Navigation Courses


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(Level 1) Basic Land Navigation

The Basic Land Navigation (L1) Course from Original Outdoors is an entry-level map and compass navigation training course based in the UK. Subjects covered in classroom and exercise sessions over 2 days include:

  • Commonly available mapping types and scales in UK and Europe
  • Latitude and longitude, BNG, grid references and position formats
  • Map symbol and contour interpretation
  • Compass use and taking bearings
  • Measuring distance via timing, pacing and other methods
  • Navigating away from paths and linear features
  • Strategies for navigating in poor visibility
  • Planning safe routes
  • Preparing for emergency situations
This basic navigation training course is delivered by experienced and qualified instructors with military, emergency services or expedition backgrounds.

This course is delivered over two days and in a mixture of classroom and outdoor sessions.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or with us in North Wales.

There are no training pre-requisites for this course but a minimum level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
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(Level 1) Natural Navigation Course

The Natural Navigation (L1) Course from Original Outdoors is an entry-level natural and instinctive navigation training course based in the UK. Subjects covered in over this one-day course include:

  • Celestial bodies – how the planets move and how the moon affects the Earth
  • Natural and ancient pathways through the landscape
  • Finding direction in the landscape
  • Tactics and planning for route finding
  • Using the weather to navigate
  • Plants, watercourses and other natural features
  • Tuning into the natural landscape
  • The human factor
  • Route cards and safety planning
  • Strategies on becoming lost
This natural navigation training course is delivered by experienced and qualified instructors with military, emergency services or expedition backgrounds.
This course is delivered over a single day and entirely outdoors.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or at our site in North Wales.

There are no training pre-requisites for this course but a minimum level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
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GPS use course

(Level 1) GPS Use Course

The GPS Use (L1) Course from Original Outdoors is designed to give users a comprehensive understanding of the the use of GPS and other GNSS devices. Subjects covered in classroom and exercise sessions over 2 days include:

  • Understanding of current GPS/GNSS systems (including GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou)
  • Position Formats, Latitude/Longitude and working with mapping
  • Deployment of GPS devices for teams and individuals
  • Routes, tracklogs and waypoints
  • Using GPS for bespoke mapping, incident response and area planning/management
  • Integration with GIS and computer mapping systems
  • Realistic use of handheld GPS receivers
  • Limitations of GPS and planning for equipment failure
This GPS training course is delivered by experienced and qualified instructors with military, emergency services or expedition backgrounds.

This course is delivered over two days and in a mixture of classroom and outdoor sessions.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or with us in North Wales.

There are no training pre-requisites for this course but a minimum level of basic fitness and health is required.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
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Level 2 EST Navigation Courses


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(Level 2) Intermediate Land Navigation

The Intermediate Land Navigation (L2) Course from Original Outdoors is a more advanced map and compass navigation training course based in the UK. It covers similar subjects to the Basic Land Navigation (L1) course but to a more advanced level, with training and coaching relevant to the individuals on the course. Subjects covered in classroom and exercise sessions:

  • Latitude and longitude, BNG, grid references and position formats
  • Map symbol and contour interpretation
  • Compass use and taking bearings Measuring distance via timing, pacing and other methods
  • Navigating away from paths and linear features
  • Strategies for navigating in poor visibility
  • Planning safe routes
  • Preparing for emergency situations
This intermediate navigation training course is delivered by experienced and qualified instructors with military, emergency services or expedition backgrounds.
This course is delivered over two days and in a mixture of classroom and outdoor sessions.

It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or at our site in North Wales.

Those attending this course should have a basic understanding of following the main symbols on a topographical map and know how to take a bearing with a compass - we recommend our Level 1 Basic Land Navigation course. A minimum level of good fitness and health is required.

This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
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Level 3 EST Navigation Courses


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(Level 3) Advanced Land Navigation

A Level 3 EST Framework course (with assessment) delivering training on high-accuracy navigation in difficult weather and terrain.

This course takes place entirely outdoors in a mountain environment.

Subjects covered over 3 days include:

  • Use of contours and micro features as main navigation strategy
  • Navigation in poor visibility and difficult environmental conditions
  • Navigation for a group, including emergency and changed plans
  • Plotting and recording routes with GPS and digital mapping
  • Accurate distance and time measuring and prediction
  • Navigation through rocky and steep (mountaineering) terrain
  • Measuring distance via timing, pacing and other methods
  • Error detection and correction
This course is delivered over three days and entirely outdoors.
It can be delivered on site with the client (assuming a suitable location can be provided) or with us in North Wales or Scotland.

Those attending this course will be expected to have a firm grasp of the foundation skills of navigating with a map and compass - we recommend our L2 Intermediate Navigation course. As this course takes place over several days in a mountain environment you will need a good level of fitness and overall health.
This course can be tailored to meet a client specification, or combined with other courses as a bespoke training package.
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Bespoke Navigation Training Courses

We can deliver bespoke navigation, GPS and natural navigation training courses in several ways:

  • As a modified version of one our existing EST Framework Courses
  • By combining several of our EST Framework Courses into a single delivery package - e.g. Level 1 Forest Survival plus Level 1 Basic Land Navigation
  • By creating a training event or programme based upon the specific needs of the client

Whatever your navigation training needs are - we can help. We deliver training courses to clients across the UK and overseas. Contact us to find a skills solution that meets your mission needs.

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Our instructors deliver the courses based on their own experience within the outdoor safety and survival fields - including SAR, expedition, military and industrial backgrounds

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We created the Environmental Survival Training Framework in collaboration with experienced outdoor skills practitioners, education professionals and established clients and training partners.
We offer several outdoor skills and safety training courses within a clear structure and training progression from entry-level through to senior instructor.

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