NNAS Silver Navigation Award Course
Gain Your NNAS Silver Award - Navigating Away from Paths
This Silver Award is the next step for those holding an NNAS Bronze award or those competent in navigating on footpaths. It will provide you with the skills and confidence to navigate away from paths in wild terrain using landscape features and specific navigational strategies.
Wildwood Bushcraft is an official provider of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) - this means we can provide accredited and well recognised qualifications in Navigation. If you are successful in achieving the pass criteria of this course you will receive an NNAS SIlver Award certificate.
If you are primarily interested in the content of this course, and do not need the qualification, you do not have to be assessed.
Here are some of the key skills you will be learning:
Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use clear features en route to check that they are 'on course'.
Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', simplifying navigation, and apply them in varying terrain.
Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground.
Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and navigation factors affecting route choice.
Judge distance accurately on the map and on 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 and/or extreme weather condition. Knowledge of basic first aid is also expected.
Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of basic 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.
Price: £140 per person
Location: We offer this course in Sussex and Surrey in the South of England, as well as in Moidart on the West Coast of Scotland.
Duration: 2 days starting at 09.00 on Saturday and Sunday, and finishing at 16.00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Group size: usually 2 - 6 people
Facilities: Course is held entirely outdoors so we may use a tarp shelter for some lessons. On some courses there may be options to camp overnight, but otherwise you will need to organise your own overnight accommodation. Contact us fordetails.
What to bring: Course-specific kit list