Halifax Search & Rescue offers a highly interactive GPS course several times a year. This one-day course begins with a morning of classroom theory and hands-on exercises. Course participants spend the afternoon in the field (a woods environment) applying their newly acquired skills, working both in small groups and individually with support from course facilitators. By course completion participants can expect to possess new or improved skills to effectively, confidently, and accurately navigate over land using a GPS.
The course is taught and facilitated by Halifax Search & Rescue team members who work with participants to ensure a safe and rewarding experience.
Safety is our number one priority: proper dress (layered clothing, no cotton) and footwear is required for travelling in the woods and all participants must be a minimum of twelve years of age; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent, family member or guardian who is also taking the course. The primary materials required for the course are a recreational GPS unit and spare batteries. A general understanding of how to use a map and compass would prove beneficial. Additional details will be included with registration confirmation.
Course fee is $40/person, and all funds generated support HSAR’s lifesaving ground search and rescue operations. Instructor and facilitator time is 100% volunteer.