Navigation & Mapping with Garmin GPS
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Navigation & Mapping with Garmin GPS

Your guide to creative mapping with OziExplorer & Garmin Basecamp and learning the many abilities of your GPS.
3.1 (24 ratings)
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Created by Carey Wiebe
Last updated 3/2018
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Expert knowledge on how a Garmin GPS works. Navigate GPS settings. Use them in real time. Create tracks and plan routes, trips and adventures with mapping programs such as OziExplorer, Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth
  • Use a PC at a beginner level have or want to purchase a GPS and be able to follow along with my step by step video. At minimum you will also need to get free versions of Garmin Base Camp, OziExplorer and Google Earth to learn mapping with these programs.

An all levels learning experience on what your Garmin Mapping Handheld GPS can do. I have broken it down to a step by step course explaining every detail of your GPS's capabilities and how to impliment them into everyday life of an adventure seeker. You want to record, track, edit then view everywhere youve gone on 2D and 3D platforms like OziExplorer, Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth then this is a course youll be interested in. Give yourself the knowledge to go anywhere in the world, create and store your memories and never get lost. Theres so much more to a GPS than it telling you how to get to somewhere youve never been. Discover it all here. 

View the course content page under Section 1 for a few short videos of a breakdown of what you will learn about each individual part of this course.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in learning how to use a Garmin GPS or wants to learn how to Map, Navigate, Track, Plot or Plan your adventure on a map with any GPS.
Course content
Expand all 74 lectures 08:24:14
+ What you will learn about each individual part of this course
6 lectures 39:37

This clip is just a quick overview of a few Garmin mapping Handheld devices I have chosen in order from old to new. I chose these devices because a lot of people still have and use these older units. It basically describes the main features of each device and how Garmin has developed over the years. Note that all of these devices features and specs are in the "Garmin Mapping device specs" free download document included with this video. There are over 45 Garmin Handheld GPS Mapping Devices and Garmin Watches in this document below. You can discover their Technological specs and abilities. This can and will give you a great deal of info on your current device and info on your next purchase.

Preview 17:36

This video clip will give you a step by step outline of what you will learn and some of the things the Garmin Fenix 3 watch can do.

Preview 05:01

This video clip will give you a step by step layout of what you will learn about the Garmin Montana series using the Garmin Montana 650.

Preview 03:26

This video clip will give you a step by step layout of what you will learn about the Garmin GPSMap series using the GPSMap 60 CSx

Preview 06:00

This short clip will give you an idea of what you will learn about Garmin BaseCamp. Navigating the menus and the different mapping abilities you will discover and can use with any GPS.

Preview 03:26

This short clip will give you an idea of the mapping and plotting skills you will gain and how you will learn to navigate the simple functions of this mapping program with ANY GPS.

Preview 04:08
+ The Garmin Montana Series
13 lectures 01:04:17

Looks at all the outer ports on this device and describes what each one does.

Outer Connection Ports

This video clip gives you a complete rundown of the menus and options you can view. I talk about what they do and how they work. Lots of info here. I recommend watching this one first.

System & Options Setup

Here your Datafields are seperated into their specific category. An explaination of what they do and how to change them.

Adding & Changing Datafields

Many different ways you can view your map screen while you Navigate. This function is called your Dashboard.

Changing your Dashboard

Creating a route using the Shortcut (Route Planner). This device categorizes and simplifies all the different way you can select points (start point and finish point) to create your route.

Route Planner

A simple description on how to set up this ability and how to use it.

Using the Sight N' Go Feature

When you first turn on your device, because its touchscreen capable it has shortcuts to the internal programs. Just like your phone. Here Ill show you how to add and change them from the options Garmin has given us.

Creating and Cutomizing your Shortcuts

Everything you can do with a waypoint is all right here from creating and editing to projecting and storing.

Waypoints & Waypoint Manager

How to create, edit and store all your tracks to view later.

Tracking & Trackog

This is an ability that is widely used and a great tool. You can share wirelessy any track, waypoint, POI, or Route you have created with any other Garmin device that a wireless data transfer ability. If your Garmin GPS has bluetooth chances are it too can share wirelessly.

Sharing Data Wirelessly

If you want to know the circumference of an area in almost any measurable unit (hectares, sq feet, sq meters, acres etc. etc. this lesson shows you how its done.

Area Calculation

Here we connect this GPS to a computer and look at its Internal Drive. Here is where you can upload maps, add a language, view all your tracks, waypoints, routes, pictures, add custom symbols and much more. This is where you can grab and view everything for editing, tranfering, storing or deleting. Change anything inside the drive. Just like opening your C: drive on your computer.

Inside your Devices Hard Drive

Want to know more about Birds Eye Imagery, what it can do and where to get it? 

A quick look at Birds Eye Imagery
+ The Garmin Fenix
20 lectures 02:03:34

Heres an initial rundown of the Fenix 3. A quick idea of what youll be seeing in the rest of the lessons.

Introducing the Fenix 3

Here I will show you how you can adjust and personalize the setting on this watch. From which arm you wear it on to measured units you want displayed to adjusting position format and Datum.

Settings (Inside System Settings)

Here you will discover all the apps and their categorized datafields. Way too many to describe. 

Settings (Navigation & Datafields)

Here youll get a lesson on viewing, selecting and changing the different datafields any activity app. Completely customizing it to the values you want to see when viewing your activity statistics. 

Settings (App Selection & Changing their Datafields)

This clip will show you how to adjust and calibrate sensors and also goes through a few measured unit settings.

Settings (Calibrate, adjust and add Sensors)

We will create a destination and Navigate to it with the watch.

Navigation (Creating and Setting a Course)

A lot more than just the title. Ill show you how to take a position and see the location in the form of coordinates. From there we will project a waypoint using bearing and distance then well navigate to that point.

Navigation (Projecting a Waypoint)

Using the Fenix watch we will look at how to setup and use the Sight N' Go feature.

Navigation (Sight N' Go)

After you have completed your activity Ill show you how to save and view it on your watch. As well as viewing your track and showing you how to pan and zoom.

Navigation (Viewing Statistics for your saved activities)

After you have completed an activity we wil bring up Garmin Connect on a desktop and show you your statistics for that activity. Not only that but I will walk you through everything you can do on the desktop program.

Garmin Connect (View your activities on your desktop)

Any Activity you have created and used on your watch is stored on your watch and when synced to the Connect IQ app can be viewed on the app. How far you traveled, your heart rate at different times, shows your track, the elevation differences in your journey etc. etc. It can all be viewed here.

Connect IQ App (Viewing the Statistics of your saved activities on the App)

Open the Connect IQ app and you will discover the endless options of what you can download onto this watch. Apps, Widgets, Watch Faces and more!

Connect IQ App (Compatable Devices, Watchfaces, Apps, Widgets and more)

Using Live track allows you to let people know where you are at any time interval. It basically Tracks you live and lets anyone you want know where you are. Great if your the solo adventurer, going for a solo jog or just any activity you prefer to do on your own. Somebody will know where you are.

Connect IQ App (The features of Live Tracking)

When you are in the Connect IQ app you can download your favorite Golf Courses. Use the golfing app on your watch to Track every shot for distance, fairway accuracy and keeping score.

Connect IQ App (Downloading Golf Courses in your area)

How to use the Golf app to keep score and to Track your ball. By tracking where you walk from where you shot your ball to where it lies the app knows if your on the fairway or in the rough. So youll see stats for fairway, rough, green and sand shots.

Connect IQ App (Using Golf App to record Shot Distance and Score)

Once you have finished your round of Golf. Here is how you can view your score and stats.

Connect IQ App (Finishing your round of Golf and Veiwing your Statistics)

Well go into the Garmin Connect app and pick a 3rd party workout regiment and download to be imported on your watch. I will then show you how your workout is displayed.

Training (Creating and uploading a workout onto your watch)

We will create a new activity and add data fields to it. Then we will scroll through the workout and you will see the different intervals you will be going through. 

Training (Creating and Using an app for your workout)

After creating a profile on the dwMap web site we will create a route on their web site and upload it to the watch. Your watch will then display a turn by turn track.

Connect IQ App (dwMap. Sign in, create a route. Upload and follow on your watch.

With this one you can see a map with direction on how to get to your destination with the Route youve created.

Connect IQ App (Map R485. Download app on phone, create route & view on watch).
+ The Garmin GPSMap series
15 lectures 01:01:19

Connections to your computer, external antenna for better signal and where the micro USB goes for expanded memory capacity.

Outer Com Ports & External Memory

Watch this device start up and how it recieves Satelites.

Device Startup & Sattelite Rundown

Using every ability of your device by knowing the different functions and viewing them in different pages that you can customize.

Page Setup

We look at the different way you can adjust the way your device displays its measurements. eg (km's, miles, feet, inches) and all the different Datum sets you can select that are useful if you are using your device in different parts of the world. I also explain how to setup your coordinate system, what the different types are and why they are used. 

Measured Units, Map Datum & Coordinate System Setup

There are a few different formats your Lattitude and Longitude can be displayed. They are explained here.

The different way to view and use Lattitude & Longitude

This Gps series has many different ways to view Data. In the form of Speed, Max speed, Time of Destination, Odometer, Elevation etc etc. Here I will show and describe what they do and how to change which ones you want to see.

Individual Datafields & How to change them

The different ways you can view and setup your map screen. The abiities and data Fields you can utilize while using your map screen and Creating a Waypoint in a Far off Location without having to be there.

Map screen setup, functions & Projecting a Waypoint

How you can setup, store, record & view your tracks on your device

Track Options & Setup

You want to know the circumference of an area or large object in any measured unit? This is how you do it with a GPS.

Creating a track for an Area Calculation

You want to know how to get from your house to the local grocery store, or from any saved point to any POI (point of interest) or any point stored in your GPS to any know or stored point you can create a route with turn by turn directions.

Creating a Route for Street Navigation

The different ways you can set up your device to record you as you travel and customize how it tells you the route to take. eg. Shortest Route or Easiest Route   

On Hiway Routing Options

How to Create a Waypoint (The exact location of where you are that you can label and store in your GPS) and to later Find that point or anything in the Find menu later on.

Creating a Waypoint or Finding a Known Location

Once you have located your stored Waypoint or what you are searching for as far as POI's (Points of Interest) go this will show you how to call it up on your GPS and Navigate to it.

Finding & Following a Waypoint

If you have a recent or new routable map of your area stored on your GPS that map will have any or all points of interest stored on it as well. This video shows you how to search and find your way to those points.

Finding Points Of Interest (POI's)

A simple example for what can seem to be complicated to set up. How do you use your GPS to Navigate and track yourself from one point to the next and why it is a must for Survey and Mapping.

Point to Point Navigation
+ Mapping with OziExplorer
9 lectures 01:01:43

Here we will look at your options on getting OziExplorer for free and download the program that allows you to get FREE MAPS off of Google Earth / Google Maps.

Get OziExplorer & Free Maps to use with the program.

This short video will show you step by step using the program we have downloaded how to select any area from Google Earth / Google Maps to use as your base map in OziExplorer for FREE.

How to select your FREE MAP from Google Earth / Google Maps

The complete process of downloading your chosen map area and saving it for use anytime anywhere.

Download & Save the map area you have chosen

This explains what your looking at when you open OziExplorer. The tabs, shortcuts and menu options. What they do and how to get started creating new or editing existing tracks and waypoints.

Before you start using OziExplorer; A quick overview

Well import your track from your device onto OziExplorer and show you how to view and save it to your files on your desktop.

How to Import, view and save the track youve created on your GPS.

Here we take a look at a function in Ozi called track control. This allows you to do anything with your track. Change the width, color and shape as well as viewing its individual track points (points that are aquired by your GPS as you travel), deleting them and creating new points to project your track anywhere you want. 

Using Track Control to delete & edit individual track points

After you have clean up or just simply redesigned your track we will save it and upload it back onto your GPS.

Saving then Uploading your edited track back onto your GPS

Create, edit and save your waypoints. Then upload them onto your GPS and simply navigate to them.

Waypoints. Creating, uploading and following them on your device

Here we will create a track that connects the points of interest (POI's) you have created and show you how to upload and use it for navigating to on your GPS.

Creating a track that connects your waypoints
+ A detailed guide to Garmin Basecamp
9 lectures 01:29:22

Start up Basecamp and the first thing you want to know is how to adjust things like average speed and km's to miles or if your are biking, hiking, horseback riding or simply driving. There are many different way it calculates time and distance. You need to know options and settings.

Customizing Basecamp settings and Options

You need to know all the tabs, menu items and shortcuts. What they do and where to find them. Here its all explained

Discover Tabs & Toolbar shortcuts and what they do

I show you how to get a full routable (get turn by turn directions and destination info) map from anywhere in the world. Going to Africa or the Phillipines? Heres where you can select that map and put it on your GPS.

Get a FREE routable map to use in Basecamp

The install map feature. A complete walk through on how to upload a map of any size or scale that you choose and put it on your GPS. Could be just the state of New York or the whole of N America.  

How to install a full or partial map on your GPS

Garmin has this whole culture of people who have posted hiking trail or hoseback riding areas or even good spots for fishing or white water rafting. Learn how to find your adventure here.

Finding a Garmin Adventure

Taking a photo with your GPS adds a location or coordinates to it. Here Ill show you how to plot it on your map.

How to Geotag a photo

The complete lesson from start to finish. Your tracks of whatever adventure you took with elevations and speed changes. See the stats on your hike afterwards. Edit unwanted portions of track, then plot it on your map to view with pictures every different way you went. Then post it for others to discover your adventure.

Create, edit & publish your own Garmin Adventure

You can create a route from anywhere to anywhere that will give you turn by turn directions on your GPS when uploaded. Here you can design your own trip with planned stops and sight seeing if you wish.

Plan a routable trip and upload to your GPS

Click your destination on the map with multiple stops and cutomize your trip. Just another way to create a route. Manually

Manually create a Track or Route to upload and use on your GPS
+ Bonus Material
2 lectures 01:04:22

Geocaching is a great outdoor adventure but if you want to find your Geocache you need to get the locations GPS coordinates. In this bonus feature I show you how to explore Geocaches in your area, Download and plot them on a map then upload onto your GPS. Then we go for a hike so you know what to expect as well as when and how to use all the information (tips & directions) in your GPS given by the specific Geocache you are looking for.  

Everything you need to know about Geocaching

This video is a brief but informative guide on how to start using Google Earth. I give you a rundown on some of the features and settings as well as how you can bring your saved tracks into Google Earth and view and edit them on a 3D platform. 

A Beginners guide to mapping with Google Earth