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Map & Compass and GPS Navigation Course

  • The Om Dome at the LUNA Project 689 Sager Road Troy, ON, N0B1L0 Canada (map)

Be prepared and confident for your next adventure.  Join Joe Bourgeois, owner of Akuni Adventures to learn the important skills of navigating your next big adventure!

GPS navigation is only as good as your skills with a map and compass. This combined course offers one day of comprehensive learning of map and compass skills, followed by one day learning GPS .



No previous skills required

Physical Difficulty:

Walking through thick bush at times.

What's Included:

Instruction and supporting material.

What's not Included:

Transportation, accommodation, food, parking fees.

Course Content

Day 1


-Types of Maps 

-Map Resources 

-Margin Information 

-Locating Points on a Map 

-Scale and Distance 

-North on a Map 

-Map Limitations



-Types of Compasses 

-Parts of a Compass 

-Compass Use 

-Compass Bearing 


-Compass Inaccuracy 


Orientation with Map and Compass: 

-Locating your Position

-Traveling using Map and Compass 


Orienteering Course:

-Using skills learned find objects in bush


Day 2

GPS course based on National Greencheck GPS certification.

-The relationship between the map, the compass and the GPS unit and why you should use all three together.

-Reading UTM coordinates on a map.

-Reading Latitude and Longitude on a map.

-Identifying coordinates on a map in relationship to the GPS unit.

-Moving in a direction with a compass and your GPS unit.

-Understanding declination.

-Mark a waypoint or landmark.

-Traveling to a waypoint or landmark.

-Using the right map datum setting with a GPS unit.



When:  October 21 & 22 2017

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm daily

Cost: $230 (plus HST)

Directions: From 403/QEW Take the Highway 6 North (Guelph) exit. Follow to Highway 5 (Dundas St). Take Highway 5 (Dundas St) West for 25km, to Sager Rd.  North on Sager Rd for 2km. You will see the White LUNA Project sign and a parking lot on the west side of Sager Rd.  Please park here. Hosts will meet you in the parking lot and direct you to the Om Dome yurt. 


Payment:  Please visit the Akuni Adventures page for Registration and Payment.


About Your Facilitator:



Joe Bourgeois

Joe Bourgeois is the owner/operator of Akuni Adventures. He is a Canadian Society of Training and Development - Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), ORCKA Level 2 Canoe Tripping Instructor, ORCKA Level 2 Canadian Style Paddling Instructor, ORCKA River Running Level 2 Instructor, ORCKA Basic Instructor, ORCKA Basic Instructor Director, ORCKA Canoe Tripping 3 Leader and National Green Check GPS Instructor Trainer. He also has British Columbia Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Medical Associates ‘Wilderness First Responder’ First Aid, Swift Water Rescue Technician and CPR. He has training in mountaineering, ski mountaineering, ice climbing, glacier travel, rock climbing, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing, sea kayak navigation, lifeguarding, swimming instructing, river rescue and calculus. Joe spent 4 months in the arctic on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island on an environmental cleanup program. He has climbed mountains such as Mount Athabasca, Mount Lynx and K2 (not the one you're thinking of). Joe has performed a winter trek pulling a sled down the coast of James Bay in the dead of winter, canoed many major rivers in Canada and internationally in countries such as Belize and Australia. He has trekked many of the world’s greatest hikes such as the West Coast Trail BC, Milford Trek New Zealand, Auyuittuq Baffin Island, Gros Morne Newfoundland and Blue Mountain Park in Australia. Joe's travels have taken him to Iceland, Greenland, Germany, Belize, Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, St. Lucia, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Fiji, and Indonesia…so far.

Akuni Adventures has been operating since 1998, originally offering winter camping courses and winter trips. The company expanded in 1999 to offer comprehensive ORCKA canoe instruction programs, map and compass courses and GPS courses. Akuni Adventures is staffed by highly skilled instructors and leaders. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, in fact, most of our trips and courses are filled with repeat customers.

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