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What to expect
It is not required to have the NNAS Bronze or Silver Certificates before signing up for the Gold level, BUT we prefer it if you have the Silver level! iIf you feel that you really are up to Gold Level, then please call Nicola on 07976 949488 before signing up, so we can discuss your previous experience.
This fabulous advanced level navigation course will test your Navigation tools from Bronze & Silver level, plus you ability to navigate when the going gets tough (underfoot!) We will not be heading high into the mountains, but onto open fell and marshy ground too and mostly off trail as much as possible. If you demonstrate the correct understanding after 2 days intensive training and assessment, then you will walk away with an NNAS Gold Certificate and achieving this Gold level will put you in a great position for entering higher level Mountain Marathons, or put it towards a Mountain Leader Training course, and will really help with the find navigation off trail on extremely varied terrain.
You will be crossing open fell, for the most part of this course durations and this will not be on paths except to reach the open fell. Having said this we will travel very slowly over this ground and ensure the safety of participants. We will mostly only be walking over grassey tussocks, boggy area and occasional rocky sections which could be technical.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AT THE TIME OF THE COURSE WITH REGARDS TO COVID-19, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PPE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, AND ALSO REGULATIONS SPECIFIED BY NNAS. If regulations change and we cannot deliver this course, there will be the option to swap to different course or ask for a full course refund.
What will you learn?
What are the benefits?
Who is it for?
Fell Walkers & Trail Runners, especially those wishing to up into the mountains to their full potential and take themselves way off the beaten track for added interest and fun, in a safe manner, but also to be able to make the right choice when to get themselves off the fell by deviating the route at short notice and in bad weather and little visibility. We will be walking for the duration of this course - NOT RUNNING! although runners may find the skills of huge benefit on events they are planning for.
This is an advanced-level course for navigation for personal development & will give you a NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Gold Award, assuming you are able to demonstrate a good understanding and application of the skills being learnt on the course.
For the full Gold Navigator award syllabus please see the NNAS website.
The Gold Navigation Award includes pre- and post-course question papers. These will be given to candidates when they book with their chosen Course Provider.
Gold courses are run by Course Directors who not only have plenty of top-level navigation experience but also have been on a special NNAS-run course in tutoring Gold courses.
Maximum tutor to participant ratio is 1:4
The NNAS Gold Navigator Award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 6, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.
Meeting place: Dockray / Pooley Bridge - Ullswater, Lake District
There will be course work pre arrival, which will be emailed to you 1 week prior to the course, this should take no longer than a couple of hours. There will also be either homework on the Saturday night or post-course work (which ever you prefer), taking around 1 hour to complete.
Day 1: 10:45 - Meet and greet - for an 11am start. Finish time approx 6pm.
Day 2: 8:30 start - 15:30/16:00 finish
What to bring
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.
Accommodation - We recommend:
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This event offers the option to purchase Booking Protect, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.