Navigational Courses

Being able to navigate confidently opens up a world of enjoyment in the outdoors. As accredited providers, we offer 2 day courses following the National Navigation Award Scheme leading to a Bronze or Silver Award. Completion is validated to a national standard and you will receive a badge and certificate. Click here to find out more information about the NNAS.

The next course we are running is the Bronze Award on 12-13 June 2017 which will enable you to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks.

20160417_085151Is this the right course for me?
  • Are you new to navigation?
  • Do you have some skills but want to consolidate them?
  • Would you like to be able to walk in countryside and be confident to go with friends or on your own?
  • We welcome anyone of any age from 14 upwards. If you are under 16, you will need to be with a parent or adult.
What do I need?
  • A level of general fitness that will enable you to be out walking all day, regardless of the weather
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof trousers and jacket
  • A comfortable day ruck sack
  • An OS 1:25000 map OL23 Rutland (make sure it is laminated – called an ‘Active Map’)
  • A compass
  • Spare clothing
  • Food & drink
  • Optional – camera
What will we do?
We will spend 2 full days out exploring the beautiful countryside in Rutland. We are passionate about wanting everyone to gain a love of the outdoors and develop their confidence. We don’t assume any prior knowledge and therefore we hope the day will be full of questions, where we will allow plenty of time to practise skills in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Each group (no bigger than 6) will have their own instructor. These are some of the skills we aim to cover:
  • Orientate the map with a compass and by using handrails, features and land forms
  • Use linear features as handrails
  • Relate landforms such a hills and valleys to the contours on the map
  • Measure distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground
  • Use 4 and 6 grid references
  • Plan and implement simple routes
  • Recognise a navigational error and apply simple relocation techniques
  • Have an awareness of local and national access issues and the Countryside Code
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.

What are the details for the 2 days?

We will meet at 9.30am in the village of Wing and will aim to finish by 4pm. There is a variety of accommodation in the area to suit all budgets from camping, caravanning, youth hostels, B&Bs and hotels. The following morning we will meet again at 9.30am and after your hardwork, all finish in a local café for hot drinks and cake.

The cost of the course is £120 which includes 2 days training and assessment and the NNAS Bronze certificate upon completion of the course.

If you would like to join us please email Emma by clicking here. We will need a deposit of £30, with the remaining £90 to be paid 14 days before the course. You will also need to complete a medical form. We require a minimum of 4 for the course to run.