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Silver NNAS Navigation Course 4th – 5th April 2019 (Greenock Cut)
4 April, 9:00 am - 5 April, 5:00 pm£85
The Silver National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) builds on the skills that you learned on the Bronze NNAS Course. During the two days of the course you will develop your skills such that you are confident navigating in open country. You will already need to have a good understanding of the fundamental skills of navigation as we will build on these. During the two days you will receive expert tuition and have plenty of practical hands on experience. The Silver NNAS is an accredited course, therefore when you complete you will be presented with a certificate.
What is the National Navigation Award Scheme?
The National Navigation Award Scheme is a national scheme which aims to teach people how to navigate and look after themselves in the countryside and mountains of Britain. It isn’t a leadership award.
What gear will you need ?
You should dress for a day in the hills we will send you a suggested kit list in your welcome pack. You will need to bring things such as waterproofs, spare warm layers, and lunch. Don’t worry about bringing a map or compass- we’ll provide those on the day.
How fit will do I need to be?
You will need to be fit enough to spend the day walking on hillside and occasionally venturing off of the path. Some experience of hill walking is required. You should be familiar with the bronze NNAS syllabus, in particular, identifying features from the landscape, understanding maps, using a compass to set the map, measuring distance and be able to follow simple linear routes.
What is included in the price of my course?
The cost you pay includes; instruction by a qualified mountain leader, use of the require maps and compasses for the duration of the course, course notes and your certificate.
Our instructors have years of experience teaching people how to navigate. All of our NNAS tutors 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.
What will I learn the Silver NNAS?
Over the two days you will learn:
- How to use the skills and techniques of the Bronze NNAS Award in the context of Silver NNAS Award navigation strategies.
- How to relate small hills, valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
- How to use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
- Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
- Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
- Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
- Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
- Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
- Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
- Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
- Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
- Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
- Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
- Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
- Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
- Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.
What are my next steps?
After completing the Silver NNAS course you may want to look at some of our other navigation courses, such as our upcoming Night Navigation Course, Micro Navigation or perhaps our GPS Navigation Course. If you would like to know what to do if the worst should happen, then take a look at our outdoor first aid courses.