Knowing how to use a topographic map and compass is an essential skill to avoid becoming lost in the bush. Your local bushwalking club or evening college may offer a map and compass course. Visit the Find a Club page to locate a bushwalking club in your area.Outdoor gear suppliers, bookstores and libraries often carry books on navigation and bush skills.Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Victorian TAFE colleges (including Wodonga, Holmesglen and Chisholm) offer a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. This usually a one year full-time course and is a nationally recognised qualification for those wishing to join the outdoor recreation industry.
Bush orienteering involves using a map and compass to navigate to a series of checkpoints ("controls") in the bush. Participation in these graded events will help you to develop your navigation skills. Orienteering Victoria run bush orienteering events in central and northeast Victoria and in areas within one hour to the north and west of Melbourne.
Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation in which teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible in the specified time. In Victoria, rogaines are typically run over periods of 6, 12 or 24 hours. Participation in rogaing events can provide another opportunity to develop your navigation skills. Visit the Victorian Rogaining Association for more information.