Learn how to set up and use Viewranger software on your smartphone or tablet. Use the software to record a track of your walks, plan routes and follow them on your device. On the practical outdoor day use Viewranger to plan and then follow routes on tracks, paths and across open countryside.
Turn your smartphone into a fully featured GPS device using Viewranger software. Learn essential tips, tricks, settings and easy to follow guidance to get out and navigate with your device, share routes and tracks and make and use points of interest. Keep the device dry, safe and powered up during the day.
5/6 hour indoor course (apart from the odd foray to test things out) on the first day based at Sway village Hall. Full practical second day out in the forest putting things into practice walking a route planned on the device. Use the device in the wild to record tracks, use points of interest and other functions.
Suitable for anyone who wants to use Viewranger software on their device and turn it into a fully featured outdoor GPS. The course is as non-technical as possible so suitable for anyone with a willingness to learn new skills. Courses can also arranged on a small group basis and as one or two day course.
Bring your own device with Viewranger installed- Use free open source maps or buy a few map tiles to get going. Devices can be running Android or iOS - limited number of devices available to hire.
Course joining details are sent a few weeks before the course start date and include comprehensive details to get to the start locations and recommended clothing and equipment list. If you want additional kit advice then just ask.
Thank you very much for the Viewranger training last Sunday.
The presentation was excellent and gave a great insight to the principles. This backed up by the practical in the afternoon provided a great platform to work from. July - 2015
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View ranger training - Sway Village Hall
Learn how to get set up, manage routes and tracks and use your mobile device running
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Viewranger made easy - Step by step - plain speaking guidance to set up and use Viewranger on your device running either Android or iOS.
Learn to use viewranger software by following 'step by step' Android and iOS screen shots and with hands on learning.
Interactive learning with 'large monitor' screen sharing.
Gain confidence to use your smart phone. Indoor and outdoor practical sessions including a visit to a New Forest inclosure to try everything out and a points of interest challenge.
Use digital mapping software to plans and manage your outdoor routes and tracks.
Plan understanding - Routes, tracks and points of interest
Understand 'simply' how to use Viewranger and My-Viewranger to plot routes, upload tracks and manage points of interest.
Tips and tricks
Learn how to keep your device safe and dry, preserve battery life and tips for getting the best from it when out and about 'outdoors'.
Indoor tuition and outdoor learning
Most of the course is spent inside learning and gaining familiarity with your device with a couple of hours spent out in the New Forest navigating to points of interest, following a route, making a track and getting hands on with your device.
On this course you will learn:
To understand how Viewranger mapping software works.
Setting up and understanding essential preferences.
How to set up, understand and use the screens and options of Viewranger software.
How to manage battery life, outdoor power options and keeping your device dry and safe in the outdoors.
How to create, share and manage routes, points of interest and tracks on your smartphone device.
How to use your device outdoors to navigate to points on interest, make and save tracks and follow routes
Tips and tricks to get the most from your device
The course is based around using a smartphone running Viewranger smartphone mapping software. Viewranger can be taught for both Android and iOS devices, smart phones and tablets!
New Forest Navigation will be able to supply a couple of smart phones/tablets for the course if you do not have your own. If you have your own smartphone then install view ranger and bring it along with any charging leads you are encouraged to bring them along with you as well. All equipment owned by you is used entirely at your own risk and its security and care is entirely your own responsibility.
Viewranger GPS and mapping course locations
This all day course is held at Sway Village Hall and out nearby in the New Forest. The village hall is short distance away from the railway station giving excellent public transport links to all parts of the south and south east.
The majority of the course is held indoors where you will get a chance to see a demonstration of, and try some of the software, plans a short walk and transfer information to and from your smartphone or GPS. The course will also involve a short walk using the smart phone or GPS to navigate a route and record a track and waypoints to demonstrate how to transfer information from the device.
Participants should therefore be able to walk a maximum of 3 or so miles on forest tracks, paths and at times muddy open forest.
Guidance about what to wear and bring can be found on the what to bring pages of this website and will be sent to all participants.
You will be emailed detailed joining instructions for each course around 2 weeks before the course date.
If you are coming from further a field Sway is quite central and easily reached from Christchurch and Bournemouth to the south west, Salisbury and Wiltshire area to the north and from Hampshire, Surrey or London using the main road and rail network.
There is a train station in Sway with frequent trains from all parts of the south, south east.
Do allow enough time to travel across the forest and download or check directions before you come!
If you need any further information before you book then do get in touch securemail
New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from car parks and villages within the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is located in south Hampshire, South East England. It is easily accessible from the surrounding counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, Sussex and London. No need to travel to Snowdnia or Peak District with the New Forest on your door step!
Course start locations are reached easily from all New Forest villages and towns, which all have a huge range of accommodation options; Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Christchurch, Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Burley, Sway and further afield at Bournemouth, Southampton and Salisbury.