24 SEPTEMBER 2022 Navigation Map & Compass Course 9am-5pm (SAT)
Hands on bush navigation course. Students will learn how to use the universal transverse mercator grid system as well as the military grid system. They will also learn how to read and use grid coordinates to give their position on a map or locate a position given to them on a map. They will also learn all the details, colors, symbols etc. found on a map.
Students will then be introduced to the use of a compass including how to set or correct for magnetic declination, how to set or create bearings and back bearings. How to use a map and compass in combination to route plan and navigate to their destination. All students will navigate through a set of coordinates given to them to an "in Bush" destination using a map and compass while in the company of an instructor to experience navigation in the "real" to dispel myths, expose problems and present solutions to bolster the overall confidence of the student. By the end of the day students from previous classes felt empowered and confident that they could navigate to destinations they previously would never have attempted as long as they had a map of the area and a compass .
Instructor #1: Mike Paquette (age 67) - 13yrs as a search and rescue coordinator responsible for training police and civilian search and rescue personnel in land navigation . Also lifelong bush person who has personally used a map and compass to navigate to remote bush locations for 40+ years .
Instructor #2: Jason Paquette ( Age 44 )(Owner and operator of : Keepers of the Wild since 2016')32 + years of bush skills experience including: life long "bush person", youth as a scout, army cadet, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR initial attack fire fighter), bush guide & skills instructor, 12 years in the Canadian Forces Infantry & MP/CFNIS OPS with various courses and qualifications related to operating outdoors and various climates.
Combined both have a combined wealth of knowledge of over 93 years relating to wilderness skills in various weather conditions and climates with " IN THE REAL " life experiences.
Participants should dress appropriately for off trail "bush whacking" ie. clothing appropriate for existing and forecast weather conditions. Clothing that covers the legs and arms to protect against bugs, abrasions, and scratches. Appropriate footwear is essential. Footwear designed for hiking or hunting. No sandals, flip flops or running shoes!! Participants are also required to bring their own compass!! If you don't own a compass contact us and we will try to accommodate you. Participants meet at the Tim Hortons in Capreol(29 Reg. Rd.84, Capreol) at 0900am.