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Pentland Outdoor Navigation

Basic Course  (NNAS Bronze Level Award)

The basic course is not in itself a leadership qualification. It concerns personal performance and is non competitive.  The various levels of the course lets everyone experience and demonstrate technical competence in navigation.

Normally participants begin with the Basic course and progress through to the Intermediate course, with a period of further experience and consolidation between.

This is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence when outdoors.

The National Navigation Awards Scheme is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain the confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside.

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes. The Bronze award is currently credit rated at SCQF level 4, with the syllabus of the Award teaching navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

Gaining this award does not qualify participants to teach or lead, but does provide recognition of the level of skill at which the participant can navigate. For those who are interested in progressing, Pentland Outdoor are also able to provide awards at Silver level.

At the Basic level we look at navigation in the outdoors using paths,tracks and other linear features. Basic map and compass also included. This is a great course for those with little or no navigational experience.

Most of the time will be spent out on the hill. 

Minimum Group Size: One - Maximum Group Size Eight

Assumes: No previous knowledge

Cost: Course and Assessment £80.00pp with £10.00 to cover cost of the certificate and postage. Total price £90.00

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Note: This price does not include food and accommodation.

By the end of the course, you should be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

Understanding the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.

Understanding map symbols, scales and the underlying principle of the magnetic compass including cardinal points.

Ordnance Survey maps at scales of 1:25,000 and 1:50,000, Harvey Walkers maps, specialist maps from organisations like the British Waterways Board or Orienteering maps - or a selection of these - will be covered here depending on circumstances and resources.

The part played by grid references and magnetic variation will depend on the type of map being used.

Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.

Orientate the map with and without a compass.

Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.

Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.

Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.

Estimate distance on both map and ground.

Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.

Plan a safe, suitable walk.

Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.

Understand access rights and responsibilities.

Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation

Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency. 

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