Hands On Navigation Training

Public – We’ve partnered with a local search and rescue team, AlphaSAR, to bring you hands on Navigation training!

We’ve partnered with a local search and rescue team, AlphaSAR.org, to bring you hands on Navigation training!  (This is the oraganization where Tucker and I are training.)

The first part of the course is in the classroom to learn how to use your compass and read various maps. Then we hit the field to navigate outside!

Normally a class like this costs at least $75.  But we’re getting it for just a $25 donation.

No Experience Required!  We’ll have a beginner and advanced navigation course setup for the field work.  So if you’re new or want to expand your knowledge, this event is for you.

Topics to be covered:

  • Intro to Map Reading
  • GPSes and Compasses
  • How to use your compass with a map
  • Field work
    • Basic Field Navigation


Starting Time:

Please arrive by 7:45 so you can get checked in and settled.  The class starts promptly at 8am.

What to bring:

  • A baseplate compass
  • Note pad & writing utensil.
  • If you have a particular map that you would like to talk about, bring it and we’ll see if we can fit it into the conversation.  General maps for the class will be provided.
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Long pants
  • Sun & bug protection
  • Water
  • Snacks

Compass Recommendations:

Best: https://amzn.to/2C9cL4z –  Brunton Tru-Arc

Good: https://amzn.to/2RBpve2 – Suunto A-30

Basic:  https://amzn.to/2C96jKN – Silva Starter

Meeting Location:

Friendswood Fire Station #1 – 1610 Whitaker Dr, Friendswood, Texas, 77546 for the classroom setting and then go to Challenger 7 park for the field work.

About AlphaSAR:

“Highly qualified volunteers dedicated to finding the missing. An all volunteer search and rescue team based Houston, TX.

Alpha Search and Recovery team members are all volunteers, who dedicate their own time and resources to locating missing persons. All Alpha SAR members receive training in all areas involved in effective and cooperative search and rescue teams. Team members are trained in Incident Command System, which is part of the National Incident Management System used by FEMA and most branches of the Federal Government. Having members trained in ICS and NIMS allows the team to efficiently partner with other government agencies for searches and disaster relief. Team members are also trained to become a SARTech II as outlined by the National Association of Search And Rescue.”


Event Date & Time:

  • Date: February 16, 2019
    Time: 7:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Venue Phone: 281-332-1903

Venue Website:

2301 W. Nasa Blvd, Webster, Texas, 77598, United States

Event Leader

  • Amy Hope
    Amy Hope
    Phone: 210-504-8333
    Email: amyhope@htxoutdoors.com


  • Jenna
  • Jason
  • Lesley
  • Ryan
  • Maria
  • Citlalli
  • Darrell
  • Luis
  • Karen
  • Teresa

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