NNAS Silver (Intermediate) 2-day navigation course

Take your navigation to the next level. Understanding the jump from Macro navigation to fine navigation, off the beaten track, and the tools in order to do so whilst on and off trail on slightly technical terrain. Understand navigation in poor weather conditions and hours of darkness

Supported by SILVA global

Upcoming courses:
  • 17/18 July 2024 - Ullswater
  • 26/27 October 2024 - Coniston

Gain a deeper understanding of how to use a map & compass in order to navigate a chosen route in difficult conditions, across different scales of maps and over difficult terrain and head off the beaten track.

Use this course to help you gain your Walking Leader Qualification, such as Hill & Moorland, or Mountain Leader Certificate

You will be crossing open fell, for short durations. Albeit moving very slowly over this ground to ensure your safeties. We will encounter grassy tussocks, boggy areas and occasional rocky sections which will not be technical, but will be off the paths.

What you will learn on this course:

  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation strategies.
  • Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours.
  • Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
  • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
  • Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on maps and ground.
  • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • To recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • To understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
  • To Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
  • Gain an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
  • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.

If you demonstrate the correct understanding after 2 days of intensive training and assessment, then you will walk away with a NNAS Silver Certificate and will be able to use this to either gain your Gold Award or put it towards a Mountain Leader Training course.

Two day course: £155

It is not required to have the NNAS Bronze Certificate before signing up for the Silver level course, BUT we prefer it if you have an equivalent understanding to the Bronze level

If you have previous navigation experience then please contact us so we can discuss which course(s) you might benefit most from. It may be that you can go straight to the Silver course, or you may benefit from the fasttrack pre-silver one day course

Book 17/18 July - UllswaterBook 26/27 October - ConistonContact us to discuss / book

Really enjoyed the two days Sliver navigation training course. Nicola really knows the subject really well and puts over the theory good. The area is excellent for putting the theory into practice. The practical time out on the fells was good and gave us all time to use the skills required.

Peter Todhunter2022

Had a great weekend which was a brill combination of learning plenty, brushing up my rusty navigation skills and having fun and enjoying being with Nics group. In an area I know well I learned some new nooks and crannies had never been to before. Thoroughly recommended 'must do' course.

Mike ParsonsSeptember 2022

First, I did the 2 day Bronze Navigation course. Then after a day off, with much trepidation I did the 2 day silver course. Both courses were absolutely fantastic. I was genuinely unsure if I was ready for the silver course the night before it was due to start having only just completed the bronze course.

But the courses and Nic's instruction are both excellent as she was able to coach everyone on both courses, no matter their navigation skill level or the amount of mountain experience each of us had. But as Nic said to me as she did her debrief on the way back down to the Glenridding on the silver assessment day, "it just clicked".

Now by no means I am going to be getting too confident and going off to do my Gold or think I am an "expert", I know my limitations and I know the navigation skills I need to practice, practice and practice again.

Nic is a wonderful coach and the 2 navigation courses made all this possible. I am now looking forward to planning more routes to enjoy everything these wonderful mountains have to offer.

Simon Partridge September 2022






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