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Silver National Navigation Award Course

Skills for the Hills: Silver National Navigation Award Course

This level covers strategies for getting off paths, simplification, and compass work, suitable for use in relatively small areas of open country with well defined boundaries.

By the end of the course you should have gained the skills to:

  • Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use clear features on route to check that you are 'on course'.
  • Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy - 'simplifying', 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', and apply them in varying terrain.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and practical factors affecting route choice.
  • Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies.
  • Employ simple relocation strategies when temporarily misplaced.
  • Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both a map and the ground.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or in extreme weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of basic first aid will be gained.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level, together with an appreciation of basic environmental factors in mixing 'man with nature' e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it, and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry and conservation.

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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 Bronze National Navigation Award standard

Course Duration: 2 day non-residential course includes assessment

Covers: Simplification, taking bearings, more contour interpretation, aiming off, use of attack points, relocation strategies, environmental and First Aid awareness.

Ratio: 1:6

Group Size

Minimum number: 3

Maximum number per instructor: 6

Course Stages

Assumes knowledge of, and reasonable competence in, skills and techniques of the Bronze level.

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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 £82.50 (group)
  • Instructional Days: 2 days
  • Group per instructor: 6
  • Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
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