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Navigation Improvers Course 16th March 2019 (Greenock Cut/near Glasgow)

16 March 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Already know the basics of navigation? Can you use a compass to orientate the map? Looking to build on the skills that you already have? Well our Navigation improvers course is perfect for you! We have designed this course for intermediate navigators. You’ll learn more about contours and how they can be interpreted on the ground. In addition to this you’ll also explore the compass more and learn how to use it to help you walk in a certain direction. We will tailor the course to your needs!

Is this the right navigation course for me?

To get the most from this course you should already recognise basic map symbols, understand how to orientate the map using a compass, and be able to follow basic linear features such as paths. We will build on this foundation and it is important that you already have these skills. If it looks as though this course isn’t quite right for you, then have a look at our Learn how to Navigation Course or our Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme Courses.

What to expect on our intermediate navigation courses?

We will meet in the morning, and normally head straight out onto the hills. You’ll spend time consolidating your existing skills, as we walk a short route. You’ll then build on these skills, learning how to intemperate contour lines, and looking at more compass skills. You will get lots of opportunity to put into practise everything that you’ve learned. We’ll look at some important techniques which will help to improve your confidence when navigating.

What gear will I need ?

You should dress for a day in the hills. We’ll send you a suggested kit list in your welcome pack. But some of the equipment that you’ll need includes waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers, spare warm layers, lunch and perhaps a hot drink. As we might leave paths behind, you may want to wear hiking boots. Don’t worry about bringing a map or compass- we’ll provide those on the day. We also have some waterproof jackets and trousers which may be hired for a small additional charge.

How fit and experienced do I need to be?

You will need to have some hillwalking experience; anything from walking up local hills to bagging Munros. You will need to be fit enough to spend the day walking on a mixture of good and faint paths, and sometimes even heading over rough ground on the hillside.

What’s included in the price?

Instruction by a qualified mountain leader, the use of require maps and compasses for the duration of the course, and a certificate to attendance.

Who will my trainer be?

Our instructors have years of experience teaching people how to navigate. All of our supervisors are Summer Mountain Leaders and hold an outdoor first aid qualification. Aside from that we’re a diverse bunch from a wide range of backgrounds- teaching and youth work, to laser engineers! Rest assured that our team are all friendly, dependable and qualified individuals who love the outdoors and making sure that you have the best possible experience on our navigation courses.

Course Contents

Due to the nature of this informal course, the content of what you cover may change depending on your current skill and understanding. However you are likely to cover the following:

  • Understanding how large contour features relate to the ground (for example small hills, small valleys and prominent re-entrants)
  • How to take and follow a bearing on a compass
  • How to use a compass to aim off, and check the direction of travel or linear handrails.
  • Measure distance on the ground accurately using pacing and timing
  • Use the above skills to devise and follow navigation strategies
Is this course accredited?

This course isn’t accredited- it is designed as an informal introduction to navigation. If you are interested in an accredited course at a similar level, then have a look at our  Silver National Navigation Award Scheme Courses.

What other courses can I do when I complete this course?

If you’d like opportunities to practise your skills then a Silver NNAS course course be ideal. Also keep a look out for our new Night Navigation and GPS Navigation courses.


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16 March 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Andy Hart


Greenock Cut Visitor Centre
Cornalees Bridge
Inverkip, PA16 9LX United Kingdom
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