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NNAS 2 Day Navigation Course - Bronze

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Wednesday 5th to Thursday 6th October 2022

Bookings Open
Tuesday 1st February 2022
Bookings Close
Monday 3rd October 2022 at 22:00
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £125.00   
Course Organiser - Nicola

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Navigation Techniques Bronze Award for the NNAS

(National Navigation November 2021


2 Day Basic Navigation Techniques (Bronze Award for the NNAS)

What to expect

A professionally designed and delivered course by WALX Helvellyn Ullswater 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, Nordic Walkers & Nordic Instructors, Road & Trail runners new to navigation.

This is an entry-level course into navigation for personal development & will give you a 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.

What's included?

  • Notes to be emailed to you each evening after day 1 and day 2, as there is always a lot to absorb
  • A NNAS Bronze Award certificate, assuming you demonstrate a good understanding of the 2 days of learning & application

Course Program

Arrival Time: 08:30 - 09:00 both days

Meeting place: Patterdale KGV Playing Field, Penrith CA11 0NP

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 on the hill – lunch out on the fell (provided by you) 
  • 15:30 - Back to base for quick debrief of the day

Day 2:

  • 08:30 – Meet & Greet - Please bring your own hot drink and snack 
  • 08:45 - Around 2 hours theory in the morning
  • 11:15 - Quick break for more refreshments
  • 11:45 - Around 3.5 hours on the hill - lunch out on the fell (provided by you)
  • 15:30 - Back to base for quick debrief of the day

The course is based around the fells of the Ullswater Valley.

What to bring

  • Compass
  • Harvey/BMC 1:40'000 map of the Lake District and Ordnance Survey 1:25'000 OL5 Map
  • 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
  • Headtorch
  • Lunch, day-food & a water flask

Meet your coach - Nicky Sproson

Nicola is the inspiration behind Walx Helvellyn Ullswater, as well as being a qualified Mountain Leader, Nic has navigated her way around on the Mountain Marathon scene in the Lakes and Scotland also.  As well as guiding her Nordic Walking group up and all over the Lakeland fells on a weekly basis, Nic take herself navigating in all conditions to keep navigation skills fresh and at her finger tips.

See our About Us page to find out more.

Accommodation - We have connections with lots of B&B's, hotels and guest houses in the valley, so get in touch if yo uneed help to find somewhere. and Glenridding Mini Mart stock lots of yummy goodies if you forogt your lunch... will supply you with any kit you may have forgotten also... we have everything you need right here!

Cost: £125

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