Compass navigation


The monitoring of movement from a starting to a finishing point using a compass, rotated until the compass’ orienting arrow aligns with the cardinal direction north represented by an ‘N’.

Alternative labels

compass triangulation
compass route-finding
compass reading
navigation with compass

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Compass navigation is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Survival instructor: Survival instructors guide groups into vast, natural areas, and assist them in a self-directed instruction of basic survival needs without any comfort facilities or modern gear to fall back on. They coach the participants into mastering survival skills such as fire making, producing primitive equipment, shelter construction and procurement of water and nourishment. They ensure the participants are aware of certain safety measures without diminishing the level of adventure, of environment protection and of risk management. They encourage efforts of leadership from the group and mentor the participants individually so as to push their limits responsibly and help overcome potential fears.

Optional knowledge

Compass navigation is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Outdoor activities instructor: Outdoor activities instructors organise and lead recreational outdoor trips through which the participants learn skills such as hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, rafting, rope course climbing etc. They also provide team-building exercises and activity workshops for disadvantaged participants. They ensure the safety of the participants and the equipment and explain safety measures for the participants to understand themselves as well. Outdoor activities instructors should be prepared to deal with the consequences of bad weather conditions, accidents and should responsibly manage possible anxiety from participants concerning certain activities.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022