Navigation for Nordic Walkers 2 Day Course - Silver Award (NNAS) - 12th & 13th October 2017
2 Day Nordic Walking Course - Intermediate Navigation Techniques (Silver Award for the NNAS)
Date: 7th and 8th July 2017
Who is it for?
- Those who want to have a National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver Award
- Anybody looking to pass their Walking Leader Qualification (this will act as course work and is not a counting course towards that qualification)
- Anybody who is working towards their Mountain Leader Summer Award
- Anybody who wants to get a further and deeper understanding of navigation using a map & compass and extending their knowledge from a Bronze Award
- For use when planning your exciting and different walks for your groups
- Personal use for venturing into the hills & mountains, moving further away from the trodden paths
- Those who want to continue trail running in the mountains and extend this to 'fell running'
What are the benefits?
- Gain a deeper understanding on how to use a map & compass in order to navigate a chosen route, across different scales of maps, on top of what you have already understood through a Bronze Award.
- Grow your confidence to take people further afield, but with-in your qualification's perimeter's
- Gain a Silver NNAS certificate to show you have the skills (continued personal development/CPD Points)
- Use this course to help you further to gain your Walking Leader Qualification (It will set you on the right track, giving you a good understanding of navigation, not give you the course work or qualification)
- Increase your earning potential by being able to plan breath taking routes
- Know you have the confidence and skill should you find yourself miss-placed, to relocate and find your bearings again.
- Enjoy the mountains and fells of the UK like you never have before.
- Get to places off the beaten track where many others don't have the skill or confidence to go.
What will I learn?
- How to use the skills and techniques you learnt in the Bronze Award in the contest of Silver Award navigation strategies.
- How to relate small features, knolls, lumps, bumps and re-entrants to their corresponding map features and contours. Use these type of features as a means to navigation in good weather conditions.
- How to use the land and features around you to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features as well.
- How to use a compass well; accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
- How to deviate from your compass bearing and then accurately re-join your original line.
- How to use back bearings to check your route accuracy.
- How to measure distance on the ground in varied and open terrain using timing and pacing.
- How to simplify legs using rough navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
- How to recognise dangerous and difficult terrain on the map and on the ground.
- How to plan and implement navigational strategies based on the skills above.
- How to maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
- How to recognise a navigational error within a few minutes and apply the appropriate re-location techniques.
- How to understand how personal fitness and the nature of the terrain can affect a route choice.
- How to understand potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in bad weather/difficult terrain.
- Be able to select the appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid kit for walking in the open countryside in all weathers.
- Gain an in-depth of knowledge of the countryside code, current access legislation and the environmental impact we have on the countryside.
- Gain a deeper understanding of what responsibilities we have towards other countryside dwellers and users such as farmers, forestry and conservation.
Level and entry requirements
This is an intermediate-level course into navigation for personal development & will give you a NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Silver Award, assuming you are able to demonstrate a good understanding and application of the skills being learnt on the course.
You must already hold a NNAS Bronze Award or be able to demonstrate that you are at the level of a basically skilled navigator already in order to participate on this 2 day course.
What do I need?
- Compass Harvey/BMC 1:40'000 map of the Lake District and Ordnance Survey 1:25'000 OL5 Map
- Full waterproof cover (Jacket with hood and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if your not sure.
- Clothing suitable for the countryside & time of year - We will not be moving quickly, so please account for that in your clothing selection.
- 1 spare warm top, not cotton please. Wool or synthetic will be fine
- Spare clothing for day 2, should your day 1 clothing get wet.
- Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road walking/running shoes suitable for NW.
- Hat & Gloves x 2
- Lunch, day-food & a water flask.
Mountain Run will supply:
- A Harvey 1;25'000 map of the local area we are going to use
- The location is Glenridding Public Hall, Glenridding, CA11 0PA.
- Tea/Coffee at the event location.
- Notes for you to take away, as there is always a lot to absorb.
- A NNAS Silver Award certificate, assuming you demonstrate a good understanding of the 2 days of learning & application.
- Plenty of smiles and understanding.
How to get there:
- Drive to Glenridding via the A592 (either from the South [Kirkstone Pass] or the North [Junc 40 M6/Penrith]
- Park in the main carpark next to the Ullswater Information Centre
- Walk over the main bridge and take a left turn just before the local shop 'Sharmans', this is directly you step off the bridge.
- Walk up the road for 300m passing CatstyCam Outdoors on your left and the Glenridding Public Hall is on your right.
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Course duration and delivery
2-day theory & practical based course lasting 14 hours in total
£135 for qualified level 2 CYQ NW Instructors
£190 for non-qualified participants (NWUK members to the Passport Scheme receive a discount for this course - pay £150.00 - See Membership info for NWUK)
Please email Kaye Lay at NWUK to book this course - email@example.com