Public Map and Compass Course 

PEI GSAR offers an interactive introductory-level map and compass course that is open to the public. The course begins with a morning of classroom theory and hands-on exercises, including reading and using a map and using a compass. Course participants also spend half a day 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 map and compass.

The course is taught and facilitated by PEI Ground 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 (wet and muddy) 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. There is a maximum of 20 participants on each course.

The course fee is $30/person, and all funds generated support PEI’s ground search and rescue operations. Instructor and facilitator time is 100% volunteer.

PEI GSAR greatly appreciates the support of Don Campbell at Barnone Brewery and Hop Farm. Don is kind enough to let us wander through his beautiful woodlot to practice our critical map and compass skills. Thanks, Don!

Next CourseS

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Morning: Classroom location in Summerside
Afternoon: Field exercises at Barnone Brewery & Hop Farm
Instructors: Shawn McCardle & Troy Howatt

Stay tuned for another course in October 2017.

Payable by cash or cheque on the day of the event or by email money transfer to smcardle@live.ca in advance (use password peigsar)

Please bring:

  • paper/pen for notes
  • layered clothing appropriate for the weather (no cotton)
  • appropriate footwear (it is likely to be wet and muddy in the woods)
  • a 360 degree compass with base plate, if you have one

Email lead instructor Shawn McCardle if you have any questions.