Effective Use of GPS Trackers on Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions
GPS trackers have become a popular tool for Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) expeditions in recent years. They can be a valuable safety aid, but it is important to use them effectively to ensure that they do not compromise the aims of the expedition.
What are the benefits of using Duke of Edinburgh trackers on expeditions?
There are a number of benefits to using GPS trackers on DofE expeditions, including:
Improved safety: GPS trackers can help to keep participants safe by allowing expedition leaders to monitor their location and progress. This can be particularly important in remote or difficult terrain.
Peace of mind: GPS trackers can provide peace of mind for both participants and their families. Knowing that their location is being monitored can help to reduce anxiety and stress.
Training Aid: Track Trail's GPS trackers record traces of the route travelled. These can be played back to the participants in the evening at camp, or afterwards. It is an effective training tool to highlight navigational errors
How to use GPS trackers effectively on DofE expeditions
To get the most out of GPS trackers on DofE expeditions, it is important to use them effectively. Here are a few tips:
Choose the right tracker: Not all GPS trackers are created equal. Make sure to choose a tracker that is suitable for the type of expedition you are doing. Most of the time LTE devices work best, but not always. Sometimes SPOT or inReach may be more appropriate. Contact Us for expert advice
Train staff on how to use the tracker: It is important to make sure that all staff are familiar with how to use the tracker before the expedition starts. This will help to avoid any technical difficulties during the expedition. Once the trackers are switched on, generally no other engagement with the device is necessary
Use the tracker appropriately: GPS trackers can be a valuable tool, but they should not be used as a substitute for proper navigation and risk assessment. Participants will remain responsible for navigating their own route and making informed decisions about their safety.
Communicate with expedition leaders: It is important participants communicate with expedition leaders regularly to keep them updated on their location and progress as a backup. This will help them to provide support and assistance if needed.
Examples of how GPS trackers have been used successfully on DofE expeditions
We have thousands of examples of how our GPS trackers have been used successfully on DofE expeditions in the last decade. For example, in 2014, a group of DofE participants used GPS trackers to find their way back to safety after they became lost in the Scottish Highlands.
In 2015, a GPS tracker was used to locate a DofE participant who had fallen off a mountain path. The participant was able to be rescued thanks to the quick response of the emergency services.
Almost every year there are SOS activations that result in sucessful MRT interventions, guided by use of our trackers
GPS trackers can be a valuable tool for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, but it is important to use them effectively to ensure that they do not compromise the aims of the expedition. By following the tips in this blog post, you can help to ensure that your expedition is both safe and successful.