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Pentland Outdoor Navigation

  (NNAS Bronze Level Award)

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

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

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. Map interpretation and compass work are 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. 

At this level, we look at navigation in the outdoors using paths, tracks, and other linear features.  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 £115.00pp 

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

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 Walker's 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 the 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. 

For further information regarding course bookings, please get in touch using the email below:

E-mail: pentlandoutdoornavigation@gmail.com

 

Candidate Comments

A fantastic couple of days doing this course with Rab. We would definitely recommend him.  He was able to tailor the course for each of us building up our confidence and knowledge.
I also really liked his humour and his helpful ways of remembering the various techniques of navigation. 😊😊

Elaine  Sept 2020

 

Well, what can I say  -  I booked my Bronze Navigation course with Robert as I had zero knowledge of how to use a map or a compass.  I love going up the hills but I would always rely on other people to lead the way or just stick to routes that I know well. Robert is an incredible instructor  & explains everything very simply & clearly.  He allows you to make mistakes so you can learn 'what not to do' & rethink your approach.   He's great fun  & makes you feel at ease straight away... I had the best day ever  & I  learned so much in such a short space of time  -  I'm buzzing!!

Robert also taught me how to stay safe in the hills & what to do in an emergency situation  - whether I'm in need of assistance or I'm helping someone else who is in trouble. My confidence has soared & I can't wait to get back out to test my newfound knowledge...I would highly recommend him to anyone who is keen to gain confidence in their navigation skills...

Thank you so much Robert  -  I had a truly amazing day. I'll see you soon for the silver...

Siobhan 27 Mar 2022

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