Whether you’re a complete beginner who’d like to learn to successfully navigate the countryside with a compass, a novice with map reading skills looking to boost your confidence or you want to gain an accredited qualification – we have a course for you.
Our Skills Academy has been providing courses for individuals and groups for over nine years. We pride ourselves on providing the very best customer service and individual attention to ensure our guests get the maximum benefit from our courses. We have a huge amount of experience and expertise in providing outdoor skills courses, and we are recognised as one of the leading providers in the region. To ensure that our students get essential personal attention, we have to limit the number of places on a course in order to provide the best instructor to student ratio. Our instructors have many years of outdoor experience including extensive hiking and leading in the UK, the Alps and throughout the world. All our instructors are MTA qualified, are DBS checked and hold a current outdoor first aid certificate.
As well as our regular scheduled courses, we also offer bespoke courses and workshops to other groups so the training can be tailored to your specific objectives. For many of our courses we make full use of the stunning countryside surrounding the South Downs National Park and the Surrey Hills but we do also use other National Parks and AONB. However, we are always open to requests for customised courses and a location convenient and relevant for you. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
A one day introductory course to navigation skills aimed at those who wish to improve their competence in using a map and compass.
Suitable for both beginners and intermediates, this two-day course covers the principles of navigation in more detail than our one-day course and leads to a nationally recognised qualification worth 2 SCQF points.
Suitable for intermediates and for those wishing to fast track, this course combines the Bronze and Silver Awards over three days and is worth 2 SCQF points.
This intermediate navigation course covers the principles of navigation in more detail than the Bronze Award and leads to a nationally recognised qualification in navigation worth 2 SCQF points.
Complete the NNAS Gold Award in 2 days with our course which covers both the training and assessment in one weekend.
A fun, practical and challenging course which addresses the essential and often neglected skills of navigating in the dark or poor visibility, and provides a great opportunity to explore and appreciate the countryside in darkness.
Fun, relaxed navigation courses aimed at young adventurers with a passion for exploring the outdoors.