Basic Land Navigation Course (L1)

Entry-level map and compass navigation training for groups, teams and individuals as part of a structured training programme.

Course Content

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:

  • 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.

Course Cost

Please contact us for an immediate quote for delivery of this course anywhere in the UK.

This course can also be delivered in Europe and beyond.

Course Delivery

The Basic Land Navigation (L1) Course is delivered as a two-day course for standalone training, or can be combined with other training as a bespoke course.
The course involves a combination of classroom and field training and can be delivered on-site if required.
The course can be delivered at a maximum 1:10 ratio.

Course Dates and Bookings

This course is most often run directly for a client, either on site or at our location in North Wales. As a standalone course it takes two days to complete.
Please contact us for more information.

EST Course Classification

Training Level: Level One
Terrain Level: T4 (Moorland and unenclosed terrain below 600m)
Training Streams: Navigation

Previous Clients

Search and rescue teams, security professionals, individuals, clubs and construction companies.

Course Prerequisites

This is a Level 1 EST Framework course where no previous subject experience is required.

A good level of general fitness is preferred due to the moderately active nature of parts of the course (walking with rucksack etc)

Equipment Required

It is preferred that delegates can provide their own compasses, but all maps required for the course will be provided.

General outdoor clothing is required for the outdoor sections of the course – we can send a course-specific equipment list on request, and full information will be sent out once a booking has been confirmed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course certificated?

Yes, all successful course participants will receive printed and PDF certificates from their attendance of the course.

Can the course be tailored for a specific application?

We can tailor the course content to suit a specific application or client requirement. Please contact us with what you need.

Do you run open courses for the public?

We do periodically run open courses for individuals to attend. Please contact us for information on cost and dates.

This course is part of the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework from Original Outdoors. We are part of the Wilderness Skills Association.

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