SAR Fundamentals/Navigation/Map/Features


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Major land features on a topo map

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Brett Wuth

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This lesson is an introduction to Navigation for SAR Fundamentals students. It is part of a larger 8 hour series of lessons.

SAR Fundamentals Manual: Ch.13 "Navigation"
Basic SAR Skills Manual: Ch.7 "Navigation"

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At the conclusion of this lesson the participants will be able to identify:

  1. the type of a map
  2. the indicated scale of a map
  3. the 4 cardinal directions on a map
  4. be able to recognize roads, railways, building and common symbols
  5. be able to identify water ways and water bodies
  6. be able to indicate direction of water flow based on the shape of confluences, islands, and stream sizes
  7. recognize forrested and unforrested land

for a topo map, identify:

  1. the name and number
  2. the neighboring maps

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Total Time: 15 minutes

Ask students to hand draw map of how to get to classroom from another city

Prizes (notepads). North Arrow, Scale, Highway #'s, Landmarks.

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7 min

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Types of maps:

  • road map
  • memory map, sketch
  • photographic (satellite, aerial)
  • topographic
    • produced by the Canadian government
    • shows the terrain
    • good for navigating back country
  • shadded relief map
  • marine map
  • camping
  • layers
  • google

Q: If you don't know what a symbol means, how can you find? Legend



  • distribute maps
  • keeping maps reusable
  • types of pencils that are map safe
  • types of erasers that are map safe

Topo maps

  • name of the map
  • scale 1:50,000 vs 1:250,000
  • size of area covered
  • map for nearly every piece of Canada

Using as a road map

  • N on the top
  • North indicator - legend
  • recognize roads, buildings, railways
  • symbol key on back
  • Using 82H/5 where is Pincher Creek?, Twin Butte?
  • date of culture check
  • Find features that are no longer accurate

  • recognize lakes, reservoirs, rivers, creeks, streams
  • which way does the water flow?

  • recognize forested, unforested

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Copyright (c) 2011-2013, Brett Wuth.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

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  • buy more topo maps
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