GPS mapping for GPS Navigators and Leaders

15/06/2018 - 15/06/2018

Barton Seagrave Village Hall & Wicksteed Park

Bookings start from £35.00


GPS mapping for GPS Navigators and Leaders

This is a 6-hour, classroom-based course for outdoor navigators who have some experience using mapping GPS devices, but want to learn more about the wide-ranging capabilities of digital mapping. For outdoor leaders, it reveals new opportunities to better manage and enhance group enjoyment and safety.

To get the full benefit of the course, participants should also be familiar with Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac computers as much of the practical element of the course is based on Garmin BaseCamp (a cost-free digital mapping application that works on both of these systems). We start with a refresher covering conventional maps and mapping systems in Britain and beyond. Topics then expand to cover: an introduction to digital mapping (DM) and DM software/web-based applications (including subscription- and licensed-based approaches), an introduction to GPS connectivity, protocols for data exchange and open mapping standards, mapping for Garmin GPS devices including custom mapping, sourcing suitable mapping for DM, creating key-point sets (including waypoint averaging) and successful routes (including track-based routes and activity based planning), using Google Earth and other aerial imagery when route planning, using DM to manage and organise routes, waypoints, tracks, photos, maps and devices (including cloud-based services), using Garmin BaseCamp and comparison to other DM applications (including paid-for and subscription options).

The course uses practical examples of managing resort-based and regional activities, long-distance trekking on recognised trails, and recreational use. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own Windows or Mac laptops, so they can try-out techniques and consolidate the training straight-away. For members of the MTA, BAIML or AMI, each course is recognised as CPD (one point).


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:

This course requires a minimum number of 4 to guarantee that it will run. 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).

Workshop provider credentials

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, or tweet him at @shearerrick.

Where And When

15/06/2018 10:30
15/06/2018 16:30
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Barton Seagrave Village Hall & Wicksteed Park
United Kingdom

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