A Presentation By David Scott-Donelan
David Scott-Donelan is a world-renowned tracking authority.
In the past we have hosted David’s Level 1 Tracking Course at Frontier Bushcraft. After one such course in 2014, David accompanied us to the Bushcraft Show, where we had organised for him to give a main stage presentation on modern tracking techniques.
David – or DSD as he is often referred to – and his company The Scott-Donelan Tracking School are at the forefront of modern tracking applications.
Tracking is not some archaic skill as some would have you believe. It is actively used by police forces, military units, park rangers, anti-poaching groups, as well as search and rescue teams.
The basis of tracking remains as it ever did. But there have also been modern developments in the way tracking is used as well as some of the technology which can now be brought to bear to augment our own human faculties.
In the above presentation David provides a thorough overview of modern visual tracking, a perspective he is uniquely qualified to provide.
You can also watch the presentation here on YouTube.
He starts with the basics that any tracker should know and moves onto some of the readily available modern technology which is being used by trackers.
Tracking skills are not just for the professional trackers. The abilities and awareness provided by being a trained tracker are of benefit to anyone who loves being outdoors.
In one of the slides of his presentation, DSD lists some of the comments from past students about what they gained from attending a tracking course:
- Increased situational awareness
- Increased observational skills
- Learning to move silently
- Gain confidence in outdoor environments
- Moving in tune with the environment
- Ability to interpret (read) tracks
- Who, What, Where, Why and How
- At one with your surroundings
- Develop a “sixth sense”
- A ‘COOL’ skill!
- Immerses yourself into your surroundings
If you’d like to begin to develop tracking skills, then check out our Tracking and Natural Awareness Course.
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