This course is an easy-to-understand introduction to using GPS and digital maps. It is a mixture of classroom activity and practical exercises using GPS with waypoints and routes downloaded from a digital map system. Basic GPS safety techniques will also be considered as well as how to choose a GPS that is right for your needs.
All the jargon and technical features will be explained as we go along and you'll get handouts to refer to when you get home.
Although most of the learning points of the course are easily transferable to other products and brands, please note that there is usually not enough time to address specific product-related questions that are outside the scope of the course.
The aim of the Course is that you will leave the course with the skills to use a GPS confidently and safely at a basic level and understand the advantages of linking it to a digital mapping system. You will download and uploading routes and tracks between GPS and three-dimensional digital map systems with the opportunity to design and walk some routes and practice the skills that have been learnt.
What is a GPS?
How does it work? How accurate is it? WAAS and EGNOS enabling
Ordnance Survey National Grid and grid references; GPS 10 digit references
GPS - buttons & main pages; battery; power; display; etc.
Setting up the GPS - position format; map datum; north reference; etc.
Finding your position: GPS vs. map & compass
Waypoints: mark; manually enter; download
Finding your destination: Navigating using a GPS; Go to - get 'lost' and find destination exercise
Routes: manually create and delete; navigating a route exercise; creating a track log
Digital maps: what's available; what they will do; different map views
Choosing a GPS to fit user needs
Introduction to safety issues when using a GPS
Future trends in GPS & digital maps.
Consideration of elements of Naismith's rule as a feature of Memory-Map software
Converting tracks to routes
Downloading and uploading data between digital map and GPS
The 'Compass'/'Navigate' page - setting it up and using the features
The 'Map' screen - setting it up and using the features
Navigation of planned route using relevant GPS information to assist you
Reviewing track performance; saving and deleting routes and track log
Setup and manage tracklog
Navigation of route using TracBack features
International position formats, map datums and sources of worldwide information
The latest developments of GPS for the outdoors - how useful are they?