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Intermediate Navigation Course (Silver NNAS)

You have been navigating the tracks and trails effectively for some time now and are keen to explore some of the more remote, wild and special corners of the UK. We can give you the skills to venture off-piste and explore the vast swathes of heather clad wilderness that hide some of this island’s best kept secrets. Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger, what will you discover?

Intermediate Navigation Course (Silver NNAS)

Price : £175.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:6

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition
  • Use of all required navigation equipment
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • Personalised feedback and development plan
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

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Highlights

o Learn to navigate away from tracks and paths

o Gain confidence with practical support from experienced instructors

o Develop and use the compass in more technical ways

o Training and assessment to the NNAS Silver standard

Course Overview

A two day practical Peak District Navigation Course focused on advancing your skills to get you out exploring wilder and more remote parts of the UK. Aimed at navigators with experience who want to push away from the paths and tracks, our Intermediate Navigation Course offers a broader insight into more advanced navigation as well as essential skills for safety, planning and kit selection. You'll also cover the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of Britain's upland environment.

Based at The Adventure Hub in the heart of the Peak District, you will be perfectly situated to launch out onto the high moorland, crags and ridges of the Dark Peak.

Beginning with a brief refresh of the basics we then look to develop effective compass skills including accurately following a bearing, back bearings, attack points and aiming off. We'll also cover practical techniques for holding bearings in poor visibility as well as identifying and negotiating dangerous and difficult terrain. Along the way you'll hone effective relocation strategies in a variety of terrains using compass techniques and contour interpretation.

The Intermediate Navigation Course is delivered and assessed to the Silver NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) syllabus.

Course Outcomes

  • Improve your navigation skills
  • Navigate away from tracks and paths
  • Plan and follow a route
  • Use a compass to set the map, check directions and follow bearings 
  • Choose appropriate navigation strategies 
  • Learn effective relocation techniques 
  • Complete the Silver NNAS syllabus

Course Information

YOUR INTERMEDIATE NAVIGATION (Silver NNAS) COURSE
Day One
9:30 - 16:30


Get ready to learn everything you need to navigate safely and confidently during a fun and informative weekend that will focus on boosting your confidence while moving through more remote and challenging terrain.

ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB BASE
Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and you own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.

CLASSROOM SESSION
A brief theory session introducing maps, access rights, key skills and discussing key strategies that are relevant to wild navigation. Safety in the hills will underpin this session.

COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your rucksack is suitably packed ready for what the weather may throw at you.

TRAVEL TO CLIMB LOCATION
The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Most locations we use are within 15 minutes drive of The Adventure Hub and we will travel dressed and ready to walk immediately upon arrival.

PRACTICAL NAVIGATION SESSION
Your instructor will demonstrate new practical skills and give you the chance to practise before progressing with harder skills and navigation targets. We cover safe and effective movement over challenging terrain and the route for the day will encourage new techniques to be adopted rapidly. A lot of time will be spent exploring the compass as an aid to navigation and using it in conjunction with other effective navigation strategies.

BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once we are off the hill we will return to The Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for day two.

Day Two
9:30 - 16:30


The second hill day we shift independence and leading over to you whilst we refine and consolidate on the learning from day one and continue to push your appreciation and use of contour features.

THE CHALLENGE
Once we have got you back out on the hill you will strike out on a route of your own devising to practise and consolidate. As you become more confident your instructor will offer you the chance to further extend your skills by setting increasingly and suitably challenging targets for you to guide the group to. You will choose a suitable navigation strategy in discussion with your instructor, execute it and reflect on it afterwards. Your fellow group members will use this as an opportunity to track and relocate themselves once you arrive at your destination.

BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once we are off the hill you will return to the Adventure Hub for the final time. Here we'll discuss your overall progress in line with the Silver NNAS syllabus and set you some personalised development targets to get you fulfilling your personal ambitions in the weeks and months to come. Hopefully you will be back for more soon!

  • Standard hillwalking gear including good waterproofs (jackets and trousers)
  • Good quality walking boots/shoes with a good tread
  • Lunch, a good supply of snacks and a drink
  • Warm clothing including spare layers, gloves and hat
  • Sun cream, hat and sunglasses (you just never know!)
  • We provide maps and have some compasses available to borrow or buy

You should have some experience of navigating along tracks and pathways in open countryside using an appropriate map. Our Beginner Navigation Course is the ideal preparation for this course.

FAQs

Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
As much as many of our instructors are dog lovers, this often isn't suitable if you are booking onto a scheduled course, as we can't guarantee that other members of the group don't have an allergy or problem with dogs. If you do want to bring a pet, we will happily accommodate you if you book a private instructor for you or your group.
We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.

We get lots of questions about our navigation course and people are often asking which one is most suitable. We tend to point a lot of people at our Beginner Navigation Course as it is a great starting point. 


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