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Pentland Outdoor Navigation

  (NNAS Silver Award)

 The course looks at navigation using skills learned at the Bronze level and adding abilities required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks: accurate compass work and the ability to use the appropriate navigational techniques to cross country.

An excellent course for those with some experience but who wish to brush up and learn new skills. Most of the time will be spent out on the hill. 

Minimum Group Size: One - Maximum Group Size: Eight

Cost: Course and Assessment £130.00 payable in advance of the course start date. The course will not be confirmed until paid for.

(NNAS is a charity and will ask for an admin fee of £5.00.  This covers the cost of the certificate.)

Cancellation of course. If you (the participant) cancel the course, a cancellation fee of £70 pp will be deducted from the payment.

If Pentland Outdoor cancels the course, then you will get full payment of the monies returned.

You do not need to have attended the Bronze Course before attending the Silver.  However, you will require to have the skills and knowledge taught at the Bronze level and have put them into practice.


By the end of the course, you should have gained the skills to:

Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and use apparent features en route to check that you are on course.

Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', simplifying navigation, and using them in varying terrain.

Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and the ground.

Demonstrate an understanding of the navigation physical and factors affecting route choice.

Judge distance accurately on the map and the ground.

Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies.

Employ simple relocation strategies when lost.

Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.

Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside or extreme weather conditions.

Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of primary environmental factors in mixing man with nature (e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it), and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry, and conservation.

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The NNAS Silver Navigator Award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 5 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.