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Learn to navigate and map read in Stoney Middleton, The Peak District National Park. This 2 day navigation course will go over hill walking and compass skills on how to navigate in the wilderness. The course will teach you the art of navigation from the basics of map reading to how to use a compass so you will be able to plan and follow walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.
With a Pure Outdoor Navigation Course you can start your journey to master the art of navigation. For those of you looking at getting started in the outdoors, or those wanting to start again from a clean slate. We will look into all of the basics of map reading including some basic uses of the compass. A great introduction to the navigation skills you need to get out and about. On completion of this course, participants will be able to plan and follow walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.
This Beginner Navigation Course is equivalent to the Bronze NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) course and upon passing you will receive a Bronze NNAS certificate.
My husband and I had a great experience on the two day course. It was professionally run, everything was well explained, the location was beautiful and we really felt our confidence with navigation grow. We will definitely be back for the intermediate course."
"Beginner Navigation Course
Have just returned from 2 day Beginner Navigation Course in the Peak District and would just like to say how much I enjoyed it. Although I have done quite a lot of walking, I would have to say, until now, I have mainly been following the person in front! The course was a lot of fun, and Andy, the instructor, was excellent. I feel I learnt a lot on the course, and crucially now feel much more confident about going out and giving it a go. The company says it will accomodate anyone preferring to travel by public transport by providing lifts where necessary and they were certainly true to their word on this too."
9.30 am – Meet, Introduction & Briefing
10 am - Morning Session – Outdoors
» Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
» Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
» Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
» Orientate the map with and without a compass.
» Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
1pm : Lunch (Bring Packed Lunch)
1.30 – 3.30/4 (Approx)
» Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
» Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
» Estimate distance on both map and ground.
» Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.
» Plan a safe, suitable walk. – The walk we will be doing later in the day.
10 am – Day Walk as Planned
Continue Day 1 Training & Assessment
Whilst undertaking the walk and practicing new navigation skills, we will discuss:
» Understand access rights and responsibilities.
» Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation.
» Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.
» Weather Safety
1.30 – 3 pm Continue Day Walk & Assessment
3pm – 4pm – De-brief. further training advice
The Peak District Outdoor Training Centre,
Rock Mill Business Park
We are based at the Rock Mill Business park which is immediately on the A623 between Sheffield/Chesterfield and Manchester. The centre is within 15 minutes drive from Sheffield and Chesterfield and can be reached in 30 minutes from Manchester.
If you are coming from Sheffield/Chesterfield Direction, drive through the village of Stoney Middleton, when you exit the village the business park is on the left after a few hundred metres
Maps are provided, compasses are required and can be purchased at the training centre.
This course is carried out in most weather conditions as we can usually travel around to find best conditions.
Under 18's are permitted if accompanied by an adult.
Pet's are not permitted.
This course requires a minimum of 4 participants to run.
Level of effort: Medium
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