Bronze Course Programme
In addition to the NNAS Bronze Syllabus we introduce you to the 12 most important navigation skills. These are all the skills needed to navigate in the hills.
1. Setting the map.
2. Ticking off features.
3. Contour interpretation.
4. Taking and following a compass bearing.
5. Estimating distance travelled by timing and by pacing.
6. Route Choice Selection of features on the map which can be identified on the ground to create navigational legs along a route that avoids major hazards and is practical.
7. Relocation strategies.
8. Identifying catching features so that you will know what the ground will be like if you have overshot your target.
9. Map scales and measuring distances on the map.
10. Slope Aspect and Direction of Linear Features.
11. Aiming off, Attack Points, Handrails.
12. Symbols and Grid References.
Silver Course Programme
You will, amongst other things, learn how to navigate to features some distance from paths and tracks, use a compass to a high level of accuracy, obtain a greater understanding of contour lines, judge distances and plan a safe walk. During the course you will;
1. Devise a navigational strategy involving ‘course' and ‘fine' navigation.
2. Learn to micronavigate to features in varied terrain.
3. Demonstrate and understand contour features on the map and on the ground.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of factors affecting route choice.
5. Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
6. Plan a safe walk or route using Silver Award principles.
7. Employ relocation strategies when lost.
8. Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on the map and on the ground.
9. Demonstrate knowledge of the effect of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in difficult countryside.
10. Demonstrate knowledge of outdoor first aid.
11. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code, current access legislation, basic environmental impact awareness and responsibilities towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.