9.30 am: Meet at Training Centre
As soon as everyone has arrived and had the opportunity to grab a coffee we will begin with a brief theory session in our training centre. During the session your instructor will introduce the navigation strategy that you will be using for the rest of the course along with some specific information about maps and compasses. The theory session ensures that everyone has the background knowledge necessary to fully participate in and understand the practical exercises throughout the rest of the day.
10.15am: Get ready to go walking!
Depending on the weather conditions and the previous experience of the group your instructor will decide on an appropriate location. We are lucky enough to have several routes that start from our training centre but on some occasions we may decide to drive to a different area. If this is the case it will typically mean no more than 15 minutes drive time.
10.30am: Start Navigating
From the moment your walk begins your instructor will begin to explain how to use the idea of a navigation strategy to successfully negotiate each section of your route. Skills will be introduced and practised steadily throughout the day. During the morning expect to focus on map orientation, accurate measurement of distance from the map, using timing to measure distances walked and recognising which features will make useful check offs and overshoots.
1pm (ish): Lunch
You will be eating lunch out on the hill so don’t forget your packed lunch. This is a good opportunity to practise new found contour recognition skills.
During the afternoon we will have the opportunity to move away from footpaths and onto more open moorland. Now your instructor will introduce you to taking and walking along bearings as well as using pacing to measure distances. Towards the end of the day you will typically be presented with a group challenge of navigating to a reasonable small target that cannot be accessed directly from a footpath. This will give you the opportunity to use a variety of the skills you have learned in a real world situation.
3.30pm: Head back to Training Centre
As we begin to turn homewards you will have the opportunity for one last practise of anything you feel slightly less confident about. Alternatively just enjoy the countryside and the company!
4 - 4.30pm: Debrief
Over a final cup of coffee your instructor will recap what has been achieved, give a few pointers about how to make further improvements and answer any questions you may have.