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Gold National Navigation Award Training

Skills for the Hills: Gold National Navigation Award Training

This NNAS level covers advanced skills, techniques and strategies for navigating reliably and confidently through complex, intricate, un-pathed terrain even in poor visibility.

Please Note:

It is not necessary to have attended the Silver NNAS course before attending this one. However, you will need to have the skills and knowledge taught at the silver level, and some practice using them, before attending.

By the end of the course you will have covered the following:

  • Quick revision of the skills detailed in Bronze and Silver level in open countryside or on hillsides as well as in forests and mountain environments.
  • The use of contours, to identify land forms (e.g. hilltops, valleys, spurs, re-entrants and knolls) and utilise them as the prime method of navigation.
  • The use of ridges and valleys as reliable handrails and the size and relationship of contour features, (e.g. a series of knolls) and use them for micro navigation to specific locations.
  • The use of back-bearings and transits to confirm current location
  • The use of slope aspect to aid relocation.
  • Techniques for maintaining direction in poor visibility.
  • The use of distance judgement, compass skills and continuous contact by frequent checking in complicated areas. This involves the use of both map to ground and ground to map techniques, the selection of appropriate techniques for each situation, and the integration of these into a navigation strategy.
  • The ability to plan a safe walk or route in open country in line with set criteria of duration, difficulty and objectives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the special physical and navigation demands posed by hill and moorland terrain, poor weather conditions, daylight hours and the effects of fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route. This includes awareness of the effects of heat and cold.
  • Application of good countryside practice and awareness as for Bronze level and Silver level.

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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: Already at Silver NNAS standard

Location: Except where stated otherwise, courses are operated from our Stirling base. Other locations may be used from time to time.

Course Duration: 2 day non-residential training course NOT including assessment.

Covers: Full range of interpretative skills and compass techniques for complex navigation on any terrain; environmental and first aid awareness.

Ratio: 1:4

Group Size

Minimum number: 2

Maximum number per instructor: 4

Course Stages

Reasonable competence in a range of elementary and intermediate skills is required before attendance

Then 2-day Gold NNAS training course

Participants can then opt to attend a 1-day Gold NNAS assessment course after which successful candidates will receive a certificate and badge.

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Maps of the area & background reading

Maps and notes for the course will be provided.

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At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 3
  • Price: From £112.50pp (group)
  • Instructional Days: 2 days
  • Group per instructor: 4
  • Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
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