Are you interested in learning how to use a map and compass or brushing up your map reading skills? These courses will enable you to learn the skills to navigate in the hills and obtain a recognised certificate (a Bronze or Silver award) from the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).
Despite GPS technology, which we’ll discuss and demonstrate, traditional map and compass skills are still an integral part of safe hill walking. These two and three-day practical courses will take you through all the essential map and compass skills you need to plan your own walks and navigate safely and confidently.
Navigation & Hill Skills Course – Bronze Award
Operates on: 1 April, 10 May & 4 November 2017
This course is suitable for complete beginners, or those wishing to improve their rusty skills and covers all the NNAS Bronze syllabus and overlapping with some aspects of the Silver syllabus. At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to be assessed and to receive the NNAS Bronze award or just to take the experience gained to help you in your own forays into the hills. We’ll introduce you to the most important navigation skills such as: setting the map, identifying features, interpreting contours, taking and following a compass bearing, estimating distance travelled, identifying a practical route, understanding maps scales, distances, symbols and grid references.
Navigation & Hill Skills Course – Silver Award
Operates on: 4 April & 7 November 2017
The silver NNAS award builds upon skills acquired on the bronze award. You will, amongst other things, learn how to navigate to features some distance from paths and tracks, use a compass to a high level of accuracy, obtain a greater understanding of contour lines, judge distances and plan a safe walk.
Please note for assessment for the Silver award we recommend that you have already received the Bronze award, however this is not essential particularly if you already have experience of navigating in the hills.