Are you more Kindle than Hardback? MP3 over CD? Come and get techy with satelites and gizmos on a GPS navigation course. Map work underpins everything we do and is an essential skill to have but the 'beep beep' of rapid satelite acquisition is hard to beat. - its only logical!
It is finally time to get to grips with your GPS on a Pure Outdoor GPS Navigation Course. This course is aimed at those of you who are considering buying a GPS or already own one and are looking at getting the best from it.
Based at our training centre, The Adventure Hub, in the Peak District you will begin by examining some of the theory of how GPS works, the functions it provides and what it's benefits and limitations are. From here we take it outside and onto the hill as you learn to use GPS to navigate effectively and safely. All the time you will be comparing the differences between traditional navigation and that of the GPS so you can choose the best strategy for a given situation. By using the moorland and hills that are local to us we have time to re-visit the centre at the end of the afternoon to look at how to get your GPS interacting with a computer so you can review where we have been and begin to plan your next adventure.
YOUR GPS NAVIGATION COURSE
9:30 - 16:30
Get ready to explore the world of GPS navigation alongside traditional navigation methods.
ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB BASE
Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and your own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.
A brief theory session introducing the fundamentals of GPS units, how they work, their benefits and limitations and a discussion of key strategies that are relevant to GPS navigation. Safety in the hills will underpin this session.
COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your GPS are fully charged and get ready to go.
TRAVEL TO WALK LOCATION
The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. We typically aim to walk straight out from the Adventure Hub.
PRACTICAL NAVIGATION SESSION
The aim of the day is that you will leave the course with the skills to navigate with a GPS confidently using waypoints, routes and tracks. You will also understand how you can use software to buy additional maps, send user data to/from your device, manage data files and become involved in the growing sport of Geocaching.
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once we are off the hill we will return to the Adventure Hub. Here we'll look further into the GPS functionality for route planning and recording and compatibility with computers. Your instructor will then discuss a personalised progression plan with you to suit your aspirations.
Ideally you will already have some traditional navigation experience which will help you understand the underlying principles and limitations of GPS units. If you don't already have this experience then you could consider attending our 'Right Way in a Day' course which would be the ideal preparation. These courses are always available on the day before this GPS course.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.
We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
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Location : Peak District
Duration : 1 day
Ratio : 1:6
Minimum age : 13
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