Map basics such as contours, features, legend, scale, north
Compass basics such as bezel, baseplate, and bearings
Obtaining a bearing and magnetic declination
Following a bearing
Attack points and using features
Why trust Take Shape Adventures?
We are passionate about taken you off the beaten track, creating positive experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. We are committed to ensuring that our day trips, weekends or tours are unique, attainable, well researched, affordable and tailored for the enjoyment of small groups. Our adventures cater for people from many walks of life, age groups and motivations. We aim to give you the very best of what nature and the outdoors has to offer, leaving you with a smile from ear to ear and a sense of accomplishment.
Use our Book Now
button to join
in our next session.
Learn to navigate with a map and compass!
The skills of reading a map and using a compass are an essential for bushwalking, and having these skills means relying less on your phone and being stuck when it runs out of battery or loses signal. Knowing the basics will also give you confidence to be out on your own or tackle a new walk with friends, and will give you the knowledge to start learning more about navigation and the enthusiasm to get out and about.
We cover a range of topics that will give you the basics of how to navigate through the bush and it's a great afternoon to come along, learn the skills, then practice them in a fun way.
Our trainer is an experienced outdoor navigator, with many years of racing, orienteering and work in the outdoor industry. With lots of diagrams, some great tips, plus a set of maps amd compassess you will be smashing out the test questions with ease...yep - there are tests!!!!
Some more info:
WE ALSO HEAD OUTSIDE AND PRACTICE THE KNOWLEDGE WITH SOME GAMES AND TIME ON A DEDICATED NAVIGATION COURSE - USING YOUR NEW SKILLS - YIKES!!
Our two hour session has about 1.5hrs of theory indoor learning about maps and compasses and bearings, then we have about half an hour outside.
This a hands on, fun session where you can ask any question you like, spend the time on the things you want to know and use the skills you have learnt outside. We have a training room available, we'll provide all your equipment, tea/coffee and answer all your questions.
Our class limits of 20 mean you can interact and get the attention you need. So bring some walking friends, or come by yourself and freshen up on some long lost skills.
Our venue is the Darebin Parklands in Alphington. Close to Melbourne, and super convenient for access via public transport to Alphington Station (Hurstbridge Line) or there is plenty of parking nearby.