2-Day Basic Land Navigation Package

Course description/outline

The Basic Land Navigation course is designed to teach the fundamentals of navigating with a map and a compass.  On the first day of training you’ll be exposed to the basics of how to read and interpret a map, and how a magnetic compass works.  You’ll perform some basic fundamental exercises with a compass such as taking a bearing and following a course with a pace count.  Day two you’ll find yourself learning the finer points of terrain association as your proficiency in reading a map increases.  You’ll venture out on a small scaled orienteering course to test your ability to navigate on your own during the day in varying terrain and vegetation.  Topics to be discussed include:


  • How to read a topographic map
  • Terrain association
  • Angular units of measure, azimuths, bearings, and courses
  • Pace counts
  • Grid, True, and Magnetic North
  • Lat/Long, UTM, and MGRS position formats
  • How to read, and plot a grid coordinate
  • Daytime navigation in non-wooded environments


This course can and will be somewhat physically demanding as you’ll be traveling on foot over varying terrain for the majority of two days.  Summer temperatures will be hot, and being in good physical condition is a must for not only your learning experience, but for your safety as well.

Equipment List

  • Notebook, pens, pencils
  • Package of fine point Staedtler permanent map pens (Click HERE for recommended product)
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather (long sleeve shirt, long pants, sun hat)
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Ability to carry minimum of 4 quarts of water (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Small day-pack
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Sunblock

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