Navigation Courses

Just starting out in the outdoors and want to know what to do with the map or got a bit of experience and would like to improve your knowledge with a personal performance award? We have a course that will give you the skills and knowledge wish to gain. Either a one day introduction or a two day nationally set award.

Introduction to Navigation

Just starting out in the outdoors or got a bit of experience and want to what to do with the map? This day’s introduction to navigation will show you the basics of how to interpret a map, relate it to the ground and simple use of a compass.

To introduce participants to the techniques and principals of map reading. The day should give participants the knowledge needed to be able to navigate using paths, tracks and ground features in simple terrain.

No experience required.

We will look at the following:

  • Map scales and types
  • Orientation of the map using the ground
  • Using features for navigation
  • Locating yourself
  • Grid references
  • Basic compass use
  • Distance measurement
  • Use of guide books
  • Safety in the outdoors

There is no assessment, the day is purely teaching based on a circular walk of about 7 miles.

Please come equipped for a day’s walking with waterproofs, boots or walking shoes, rucksack, food and drink. You will need to bring an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, 1:25000 OL30, Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas

National Navigation Awards

These are nationally recognised personal performance awards and run against a set syllabus. We can offer you both the Bronze and Silver Awards and these are run over two days. Both awards look at the skills to navigate in open country including safety, environment and access.

The Bronze award enables you to be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks.

The Silver award enables you to be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside away from paths and tracks.

Both the Bronze and Silver awards are a combined training and assessment course with a certificate and badge on successful completion.

Click here for the awards syllabus.

Our 3 day “Straight to Silver” course incorporates the Bronze Award training on the first day followed by 2 days of Silver. training and assessment.

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