Our Introduction to Navigation Course gives you a fundamental skill which, once learnt, will greatly increase your enjoyment and safety in the British hills and further afield. Our courses cover the full spectrum of skills from the basics of setting the map and taking a bearing to fine tuning the abilities of mountain marathon competitors. If you want to know what to do when you’re lost or lack the confidence to explore the hills when the cloud is low then our courses will point you in the right direction! Our courses also offer the opportunity to gain a National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze or Silver Award. This is a non-competitive, personal performance scheme designed to offer a structure to your development in a fun and enjoyable way.
The navigation course will be based outdoors on the hill to give all members the maximum opportunity to learn and practise new skills. It will be taught in a practical way, starting with the basics and progressing at a rate to suit the group. The Bronze NNAS syllabus covers the following;
- Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
- Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
- Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
- Orientate the map with and without a compass.
- Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
- Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
- Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
- Estimate distance on both map and ground.
- Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
- Plan a safe, suitable walk.
- Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.
If you wish to receive the Bronze NNAS Certificate after your course, (assuming you have competently learnt all that you have been shown,) then please specify this at the time of booking so we can select one of our Instructors who are registered with the NNAS.
Please do NOT book your own accommodation and make travel arrangements until you have verified that the course is guaranteed to run.