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Bronze Beginners NNAS 2 Day Navigation

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Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th September 2024

Bookings Open
Wednesday 15th November 2023
Bookings Close
Thursday 12th September 2024 at 22:00
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5 Participants
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Booking Fee   £130.00   
Course Organiser - Nicola

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Beginners 2 Day Bronze Navigation Award for the NNAS

(National Navigation Award Scheme) January 2023


2 Day Basic Navigation Techniques

National Navigation Award Scheme - Bronze Certificate

Course Location:  Coniston

What to expect

A professionally designed and delivered course by Hiking Highs on behalf of the NNAS (National Navigation award Scheme).  Over the 2 days you will delve into Navigation like you never have before, pouring over maps, unlocking the code, planning routes and getting some proper 'practical' training in.

If you demonstrate the correct understanding after 2 days intensive training and assessment, then you will walk away with a NNAS Bronze Certificate and will be able to use this to either gain your Silver Award or put it towards a Mountain Leader Training course.

What will you learn?

  • How to read a map, understand contours & features
  • How to use a compass in conjunction with your map
  • How to orientate your map
  • How to relate land features around you accurately to your map
  • How to use features along your chosen route to identify your location at any given moment
  • How to set a bearing
  • How to re-locate, should you become miss-placed (we don't like to say lost!)
  • How to use timing and pacing in order to find your chosen control point/location
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, knowledge of what equipment is suitable for the fells and emergency procedures that are relevant
  • How to plan a route
  • Some safe navigational techniques
  • Identify hazards

 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.
  • Grow your confidence to take people further afield, but with-in your qualification's perimeter's
  • Gain a bronze NNAS certificate to show you have the skills (continued personal development)
  • Use this course to help you 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

Who is it for?

Fell Walkers who would usually follow others and would like to start to understand the map for themselves, Road & Trail runners new to navigation.

This is an entry-level course into navigation for personal development & will give you an NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Bronze Award, assuming you are able to demonstrate a good understanding and application of the skills being learnt on the course.

No qualifications are needed in order to participate on this 2 day course.

Course Program

Arrival Time: 08:30 - 09:00 both days

Meeting place: Coniston Village - Exact location TBC

Day 1:

  • 09:00 - Meet and greet - please bring your own hot drink and snack 
  • 09:45 - Around 2+ hours theory in the morning
  • 11:45 - Quick break for more refreshments
  • 12:00 - Around 3.5 hours walk – lunch on the fell  or earlier in doors, weather dependent (provided by you) 
  • 15:30 - Debrief of the day for day 2 on return walk

Day 2:

  • 08:30 – Meet & Greet - route chat, folding & marking up your maps
  • 09:00 - A day on the hill - 10-12km not strenuous but still a fell walk - lunch out on the fell (provided by you)
  • 15:30 - Debrief of the day - private 5/10 minutes for each course participant on the return stretch of the walk

The course is based around the trails and fells above Coniston

What to bring

  • Compass, preferably with magnifying glass - message us if you would like advice to buy one
  • Harvey/BMC 1:40'000 map of the Lake District or Ultramap XT40 - South East - Hiking Highs can post you these maps out as we are a harveys supplier
  • Ordnance Survey 1:25'000 OL6 Map or the Lake District Dinky Map - Central Lake District, which is fully waterproof and light weight 
  • Full waterproof cover (Jacket and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if you're 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. - remember it is a 2-day course, so you will need clothing for 2 days
  • 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
  • Hat & Gloves x 2
  • Head torch
  • Lunch, day-food & a water flask

Meet your coach - Gary Linkard

Gary is a qualified Mountain Leader, Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader and recently joined the Hiking Highs team. He is a member of the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team (DFMRT) and spends much of his time out in the beautiful South Lakes and the unspoilt Duddon Valley. He loves to teach navigation covering a full range of abilities, from people starting out on their navigation journey to those looking to sharpen up existing skills.

See our About Us page to find out more.

Cost: £130

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