Basic Land Navigation

The ability to find your way across the terrain using simple land navigation techniques can make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable, by “opening up” the entire wilderness to you. Without the ability to navigate cross country, you’re mostly limited to following trails. And while trail hiking is certainly an enjoyable way to see the wilderness, if the sum total of your land navigation skills involves finding the next blaze, you’re at a big disadvantage in the wilds.

Online Training Module: $18

 

Course Details

The specific purpose of this course is to provide you in easy-to-learn chunks the information you need to become a competent map-and-compass land navigator. You’ll find useful information on path finding, compass use, and map reading.

Lectures include how to use any lengthy terrain feature as a “catching” feature or a “handrail.” Plus, you’ll see how to use a compass (including a military lensatic compass and protractor), including how to work with magnetic declination. You’ll see why “aiming off” makes such good sense. And you’ll see why dividing your trip into numerous legs, each ending at a “checkpoint” can help you find your may across great stretches of terrain.

We’ll go over the time-honored navigation practice of dead reckoning, and how to use it under conditions of limited visibility, such as at night, or when you’re fogged in or “greened in” by thick foliage.

We’ll also cover USGS topographical maps, including how to read contour lines, measuring distance on the map, and interpreting depictions of terrain features.

You might be asking yourself “Why do I need to know all this stuff if I have a GPS?” And the answer is “While GPSes are great, they should supplement, and not replace good low-tech backup navigation skills based on the proper use of map and compass.”

Besides the course lectures, students will receive in the form of downloadable PDF files, two books I’ve written on land navigation. These books supplement the Udemy lectures. Total course completion time is about 8 hours.

Those needing land navigation skills include:

  • Hikers, hunters, outdoor photographers
  • Military personnel
  • Orienteers
  • Search and rescue personnel
  • Wilderness medical personnel
  • Anybody else who wants to learn

What does it cost?

The cost is $18. You will be issued a course key upon completing registration.

About the author:

Reid Tillery

All my life, beginning in early childhood, I’ve had a passion for the outdoors. My book–Surviving the Wilds of Florida–was my labor of love for how to take care of yourself in my home state’s great outdoors. I’m a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. To further improve my competency in the outdoors, I’ve studied navigation–both land and marine–extensively. Although I’m competent with a GPS, and have taught classes in GPS, my philosophy is for safety’s sake one should know low-tech navigation first, then graduate to GPS. I taught at the college level for 14 years–four years as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia, and ten years at St. Johns River Community College, here in Florida. I love learning, and I love teaching. I especially love learning and teaching outdoor skills.

Interested in taking a Wilderness First Aid?

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It meets industry guidelines.

Purchase a Land Navigation Course and get $20 off a future Wilderness First Aid course.

After purchasing our land navigation course, we will email you a promo code to drop the rate from $149 to $129.

Reviews

Meri West
Meri West
07:12 11 Sep 19
Rachel is a knowledgeable and competent trainer and guide! Kayaking with her is fun and interesting!
Kiara Yee
Kiara Yee
01:26 29 Aug 19
I took the SOLO Wilderness First Aid bridge to recertify my WFR with the Outdoor Academy and it was awesome! The instructor was very helpful and encouraging. The class was fun but also very informative. I would highly recommend them.read more
Serena Evans
Serena Evans
16:57 03 Aug 19
I did my WFR recert course and it far exceeded my expectations. Rachel was an amazing instructor and the practical aspect of the course was both informative and fun. I would highly recommend Florida Outdoor Academy.read more
Meaghan Blackman
Meaghan Blackman
16:23 03 Aug 19
What an amazing time we had at Jacksonvilles Florida outdoor academy! I took the wilderness first aid class and not only did I learn a ton, we had a great group, and amazing instructors.You can truly see the passion that the instructors have and helping others!Their love for the outdoors and for our ecosystem!Cant wait to get recertified in two years! I highly recommend this class !read more
CARLOS CABRERA
CARLOS CABRERA
15:45 03 Aug 19
If your looking for a Wilderness first aide class.This is it. I took the class cause I have two boys and we are outdoors as much as possible. The class was highly informative and very interactive. I feel very confident that if something happens to the boys or anyone else in our group I’ll be able to help and not be just a spectator. Thank you for offering this course! My wife is next.read more
Danielle S.
Danielle S.
12:29 28 Jul 19
Excellent staff, incredibly valuable lessons, take your outdoor education to the next level with these guys
Kevin Bandy
Kevin Bandy
12:21 27 May 19
The Wilderness First Aid course was a crucial component for our team and Rachel and Garret at Florida Outdoor Academy made the experience amazing. Rachel assessed our needs in a few conversations and gave us Garret as an instructor. Her instincts were spot on correct. Garret created supportive curriculum to make the scenarios pertinent to our unique envoronment. It felt like they really “got” us. Highly recommend. Genuine Jedi staff.read more
Troop Twentyfour
Troop Twentyfour
23:33 23 May 19
Took the Wilderness First Aid course. Great course. They take what can be dry material and make it interesting and fun. They also take the subject matter seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously. Highly recommend them if you need certification in this or other wilderness certifications.read more
Zoe Cummings
Zoe Cummings
12:33 20 May 19
After taking the WFR recertification course with Florida Outdoor Academy, I feel more confident in my ability to handle emergencies in the Backcountry settings.
Adelaide Walker
Adelaide Walker
16:01 26 Mar 19
This WFR course was an incredible experience! The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and made the class enjoyable, while also instilling confidence in each student and their abilities. I would recommend this course to anyone.read more
Al Frosio
Al Frosio
16:10 24 Oct 18
5++ STARS!!!As an RN for 5 years, I was a bit skeptical about taking a first aid course...plus a bit shy. The truth is my experience and training as a nurse still left a lot to learn about how to be of real service in an emergency; outside the structure of the hospital. I went into nursing to care and respond to people in need, wherever I encountered them. This hit the nail on the head...I can say this was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The format of short specific training modules, followed immediately by field application- outside the facility, was PERFECT. The instructor, Catherine J was absolutely world class! Warm, engaging and super sharp! She delivered a lot of crucial lifesaving material in a short amount of time:)Honestly, I can't recommend this course and FOA enough. Thanks Catherine and FOA!read more
AL Frosio
AL Frosio
16:06 24 Oct 18
5++ STARS!!!As an RN for 5 years, I was a bit skeptical about taking a first aid course...plus a bit shy. The truth is my experience and training as a nurse still left a lot to learn about how to be of real service in an emergency; outside the structure of the hospital. I went into nursing to care and respond to people in need, wherever I encountered them. This hit the nail on the head...I can say this was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The format of short specific training modules, followed immediately by field application- outside the facility, was PERFECT. The instructor, Catherine J was absolutely world class! Warm, engaging and super sharp! She delivered a lot of crucial lifesaving material in a short amount of time:)Honestly, I can't recommend this course and FOA enough. Thanks Catherine and FOA!read more
Logan Nolan
Logan Nolan
22:45 12 Sep 18
Florida Outdoor Academy was a wonderful educational resource. I was able to be certified in Wilderness First Aid(WFA) through their training from SOLO. Garrett and Cathrine were great instructors I would love to take another class!read more
Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
14:12 21 May 18
I just finished my (SOLO) Wilderness First Responder re-certification course with the Florida Outdoor Academy. What a fantastic course! Luckily, as a professional guide and paddlesports instructor I have had very little opportunity to practice my wilderness first aid. This course was a fantastic reminder of best practices in case of an emergency while in the field (and/or at home!). The instructors, Rachel and Garret, were super-knowledgeable, professional, and personable. And added benefit for this course were the gathering of like-minded people who are getting outdoors and being mindful of their responsibility of sharing the natural world and being available to help others.read more
Catherine Jean
Catherine Jean
13:18 04 Dec 17
Great SOLO WFA and WFR recent course in Jax this past weekend. Instructors and organizers were knowledgeable, professional, friendly and welcoming. We had a good time learning how to save lives. Highly recommend!read more
TE Stewart
TE Stewart
17:27 23 Jun 17
Kudos to Florida Outdoor Academy for hosting a wonder, informative, and hands on learning experience.I attended the WFA course last weekend and came home with a wealth of knowledge. I feel confident that I can now utilize the tools at hand and treat/immobilize a variety of illnesses and injuries when the urban world is out of reach. Our instructor, Garrett came with an open attitude, positive energy, and taught in a way that made all the participants sponge in the info. If I was injured in a wilderness setting with the group in attendance, I know each and every one of them would also have the confidence to apply their new skill sets; I'd trust them to give me the first aid needed in a isolated environment.read more
Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
23:00 12 Dec 16
Took the Wilderness First Aid course, an excellent introduction to first aid and how to apply in the backcountry. Gave me a lot to think about and to practice. Lectures are interspersed with practical scenarios. Excellent pairing of instructors, they bring together two very useful skillsets. Highly recommended!read more
Don Sullivan
Don Sullivan
18:47 20 Sep 16
Excellent training and excellent teaching staff. Training is very intense and well thought out
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