SAR Navigation


As search & rescue personnel, it is very important to *not* get lost in the backcountry (even when technology fails), and to be able to navigate precisely. This goal of this class is to introduce the use of a map and compass, and teach the basics of selecting routes and describing locations in the backcountry, and the use of basic functions of our primary search navigation tools..

When & Where

Current Cal-ESAR Candidates and Members: Please log in to the Member Portal for schedule and location details

Skills emphasized

  • Map reading & interpretation

  • Use of map scales

  • Declination corrections

  • Symbol interpretation

  • Map care

  • Finding and following bearings with a compass

  • Using a compass with a map

  • Fundamentals of terrain interpretation & route selection

  • Describing your location to others

  • Improvised direction-finding