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Fast Track to Silver National Navigation Award

Skills for the Hills: Fast Track to Silver National Navigation Award

This course takes folk who have been used to finding their way around the countryside in their own way, to achieving more structured approach at an intermediate level.

This training course is a 3-day non-residential one and includes assessment at the Silver level.

Successful candidates will gain a certificate and badge.

Course content includes:-

Bronze Skills:

  • Identify common handrail symbols; Orientate the map against handrails
  • Use an orientated map to follow handrails; Maintain position on the map
  • General map symbols
  • Use collecting and catching features to aid navigation
  • Estimate distances using grid squares; Use 4 & 6 figure grid references
  • Estimate short distances by eye e.g. 100m – a football pitch length
  • Estimate the time needed to walk a specific horizontal distance
  • Measure short distances on the ground using double pacing
  • Have a simple understanding of scales
  • Differentiate between uphill and downhill on the map by reference to contours
  • Recognise prominent hills, valleys, cols, ridges, and spurs on map and ground
  • Orientate the map against major ground features
  • Orientate the map against a compass needle
  • Use an orientated map to check the direction of handrails
  • Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Countryside Code
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.

And Silver Skills:

  • Set a compass bearing from map to ground
  • Use a compass to follow bearings. accurately across open ground over short distances
  • Measure distances with reasonable accuracy by pacing and by timing
  • Estimate the time needed for height gain
  • Use major landforms (hills, ridges, spurs, valleys) as a means of navigation
  • Identify smaller contour features on map and ground e.g. re-entrants, small hills
  • Use aiming off to reach a target on a linear feature
  • Identify the most appropriate route where more than one option is available
  • Use coarse navigation and collecting features to locate an attack point
  • From an attack point use fine navigation to locate a target
  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground
  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and / or extreme weather conditions
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in open country in all weather conditions
  • Demonstrate 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

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This course is also available privately. Please contact us for more information.

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Course Information

Start time at C-N-Do office: 09.00

Finish time at C-N-Do office: 17:00

Assumes: You should already have fairly extensive walking experience including navigating routes, have an understanding of maps and can relate the features to the ground.

Course Duration: 3 day non-residential course includes assessment

Covers: Handrail navigating, simplification, taking bearings, route strategies including off-path walking, contour interpretation, relocation strategies, environmental awareness, and basic First Aid knowledge.

Ratio: 1:4

Group Size

Minimum number: 3

Maximum number per instructor: 4

Course Stages

Builds on existing basic navigation knowledge to reach a structured, consistent, intermediate navigation standard.

Course Video

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Maps of the area & background reading

Maps and notes for the course are supplied.

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At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 2
  • Price: From £131.25pp (group)
  • Instructional Days: 3 days
  • Group per instructor: 4
  • Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
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