Basic GPS for Outdoor Leaders
A basic GPS training course for competent navigators who may have used a GPS device in the past, wish to learn more before buying one, or may even own one but have not used it often. This really gets to grip with core GPS skills and capabilities of modern devices. It comprises a classroom session and extensive practical exercises indoors and outside. It is particularly suitable for outdoor leaders, with a specific session covering leadership aspects of GPS. Included is the hire of a modern GPS unit for the day (but participants may use their own GPS if it is suitable; preferably a modern Garmin device), together with high-quality colour illustrated handouts to take away. It is only suitable for those who are confident navigating outdoors and does not cover smartphones or wearable GPS devices.
The course is based in the Barton Seagrave Village Hall (opened Sep 17) which has ample parking and good public transport links. Details will be provided by e-mail after booking. Many practical exercises will be carried out in Wicksteed Park, publicly accessible trust-land a few minutes’ walk away. The Hall and Park have cafe facilities (but these may not be open), and suitable shelter, but participants should bring a picnic lunch and be prepared with clothing to be outdoors in any weather.
The course is based in the Barton Seagrave Village Hall (opened Sep 17) which has ample parking and good public transport links. Details will be provided by e-mail after booking.
The Hall has a cafe (but it may not be open throughout the course); participants are recommended to bring a picnic lunch.
The venue is well served by public transport via Kettering railway station and local bus services. It also has ample parking and is just one mile from J10 of the A14 with great access from the A1(M), M1, M6 and M11.
You can book and pay on-line using Eventbrite (CPD is managed through CMS); cancellation is possible but not after 7 days prior to the course. Courses require a minimum number of 4 to guarantee running and, if that number is not met, the fee will be refunded. Find out more and book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rick-shearer-149631408899
This course requires a minimum number of 4 to guarantee that it will run, but there is a maximum of 8, so there is plenty of opportunity for personal mentoring and tuition. Members of the MTA, BAIML or AMI can obtain one CPD point on successful completion of this course (you will need to provide your membership or CMS number when booking).
Rick Shearer. Over the last 10 years or so Rick has been developing and delivering GPS and Digital Mapping training to outdoor navigators. He has principally focused on that for walking and mountain leaders who are experienced conventional navigators, but he also delivers courses for recreational walkers or specialists, such as mountain rescue, or commercial walking holiday companies. Contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet him at @shearerrick.