Intermediate Navigation Course | Silver NNAS

Price: £169.00 Per Person (inc VAT)

Location: Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:6


Availability: There are places remaining on this course

Itinerary:

Day 1

 

9am: 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 quickly recap the skills that you should already be familiar with before moving on to introducing some of the techniques we will be practising throughout the two days.

 

10am: 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. Our location in the peak district means that we have excellent walking opportunities all around us, expect to drive for about 15 minutes to reach the start of our route.

 

10.30am: Start Navigating

The morning will begin by refreshing skills covered on the beginners course but will quickly move away from paths and into more open countryside. Your instructor will use the terrain around you to provide opportunities to learn and practise new skills in a realistic setting. Expect to learn several techniques for effectively using your compass as well as spending a significant amount of time on improving your ability to navigate directly from contour features.

 

1pm (ish): Lunch

You will be eating lunch out on the hill so don’t forget your packed lunch.

 

During the afternoon we will continue to refine our use of the compass by introducing methods for relocation and improving accuracy. Towards the end of the day you will commonly be set the task of relocating yourself after the instructor has taken you away from a known point. This provides the opportunity to practise all the skills you have learnt so far in a setting where your instructor can provide support and advice.

 

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

An opportunity to review what you have learned today and discuss what will happen tomorrow.

 

Day 2

 

9am: Meet at Training Centre

Straight to work with planning today’s walk! Your instructor will guide you through the process of using all the skills you learned on day one to plan a walk for the whole day. As this course is working towards the Silver NNAS syllabus you can expect to spend a significant amount of time away from paths and tracks.

 

10am: Get ready to go walking!

You will almost certainly be visiting a new area today so you can expect a short drive, typically around 15 minutes, to your starting point.

 

10.30am: Start Navigating

Each member of the group will be given the opportunity to lead several sections of the walk that you have planned for the day. In the background your instructor will be quietly noting down the skills you are demonstrating and ensuring you have completed the syllabus. Don’t worry about the assessment though, it is very informal and friendly and your instructor will always answer your questions and give you reassurance when you need it.

 

Although many people initially express concern about being assessed the vast majority find the experience of being responsible for the group greatly improves their confidence in their own ability to navigate.

 

1am: Lunch

Don’t forget your packed lunch as we will be out on the hill! It is not unusual for the instructor to have seen you demonstrate all of the necessary skills by lunchtime.

 

The afternoon is spent on giving you more practise of your new found skills in realistic situations as well as the opportunity to introduce further refinements.

 

3.30: Head back to the Training Centre

Guide your instructor back to your start point and jump in the minibus back to the centre.

 

4 - 4.30: 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, answer any questions you may have and suggest areas you might like to visit in the future.

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