Course curriculum

  • 01

    Introduction: Earth, Direction & Map Basics

    • Safety Warning, CE Information, Disclaimers

    • Course Introduction; the Earth & Direction

    • Understanding Maps

    • Topography & Topographic Lines

    • Topography Maps vs The Real World

  • 02

    Describing Position: Coordinates & Datums

    • Communicating Location & Coordinates

    • Latitude & Longitude Use and Formats

    • UTM Coordinates

    • The Importance of Datum

    • USNG Coordinates

  • 03

    Plotting & Reading Coordinates

    • Basics of Reading & Plotting UTM Coordinates

    • Plotting & Reading UTM on map

  • 04

    Navigation Tools: Compass & GPS Receiver

    • Compass Basics & Setting Declination

    • Compass skills: Orienting a Map, Taking & Shooting Bearings

    • Triangulation of Position

    • Triangulation (additional demonstration in office)

    • Satellite Navigation: using GPS and similar technologies

  • 05

    Routefinding Examples

    • Using Compass Bearings in a SAR Mission

    • Route Planning - Dealing with Inherent Uncertainty

    • Route Finding Methods & Examples

    • A More Complex Trip Plan

  • 06

    Practice & Supplemental Materials; Maps for Quiz

    • Howardsville Map

    • Falls Creek Map

    • Coal Bank Map

    • City Reservoir Map

    • USGS_LandNavManual

    • NTSB_MSP_AAR0907

    • US Military Land Nav Field Manual

    • Supplemental Resources and Materials; Creative Commons Image Citations

    • Skill Development Practice

    • ITU Phonetic Alphabet

    • Coordinate Conversion Websites

  • 07

    Review Quiz

    • Quiz Instructions

    • SAR Land Nav Review Quiz

Reviews for SAR Land Navigation

Tod Schimelpfenig

5 star rating

“The quiz was challenging, and appropriately, especially in the coordinate conversions, which give people trouble all the time. ”

“The quiz was challenging, and appropriately, especially in the coordinate conversions, which give people trouble all the time. ”

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Bob Stenzhorn

5 star rating

“All good - very well instructed ”

“All good - very well instructed ”

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