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NNAS Gold Award Training Course
Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 09:30 – Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 16:30 BST
The NNAS is an incentive scheme designed to help people develop their skills from basic understanding at Bronze level through to a higher level of skills at Silver and Gold level.
This is a 2 day non-residential course but we can help you find accommodation locally if you need it.
The course begins at our base Hornby Laithe near Stainforth at 9.30 am for a
coffee/tea. After a brief session checking out what you know and what areas you need to concentrate on we will either walk straight from Hornby Laithe and onto the fells or travel up to another location in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales. We will spend the rest of the day navigating in that area. We will finish around 4.30pm The second day will follow a similar format and you will be building on your skills.
You will need a packed lunch, drink and snacks for the both days.
Apart from food and drink you will need to bring your walking kit as appropriate for the weather those days. We will be in exposed areas for much of the time so it can get cold and windy but the views are great! The safety kit will be provided by us. We can also lend you a map and compass for the duration of the course but please bring your own compass if you have one. Do not forget a watch as using timings to measure distance etc. is an important part of this course.
This course is suitable for people with a high level of navigation skills and if you are unsure about it being at the right level to you please get in touch.
- Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold National Navigation Award navigation strategies.
- Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.
- Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
- Use back bearings and transits to confirm current position.
- Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
- Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
- Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
- Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
- Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
- Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
- Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
- Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
- Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
- Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.