Downland, Forest, Heathland, Meadow
Couples, Experienced Walkers, Group, Solo Walkers
This intermediate map reading course covers the principles of navigation in more detail than the NNAS Bronze Award and leads to a nationally recognised qualification in navigation.
NNAS Awards are ideal for DofE supervisors, DofE Bronze award candidates, teachers and leaders who either do not hold national governing body awards, or are developing skills towards them (e.g. Lowland Leader, Mountain Leader), leisure walkers, photographers, horse riders, cyclists or anyone who works in lowland countryside. Some map reading experience is required to attend this course as is a degree of personal fitness. You will get the most from the course if you have already completed the NNAS Bronze. However this is not mandatory and we recognise previous relevant experience and training as precursors to this course. We also offer a Straight to Silver for anyone wishing to fast track, and this may be a more suitable option - please contact us to discuss.
We are proud to have been running NNAS courses for the past nine years and are recognised as one of the region’s leading providers - please do take a look at our Testimonials.
Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out in the South Downs, within a small group of up to 8 people. We cover around 6 to 8 miles each day, following paths across farmland, valleys, riversides, woodland, hills and moorland in the Sussex countryside.
The Silver Award builds on skills and techniques and develops confidence in navigation, so that on completion, participants will be able to safely plan and follow a route with some sections away from paths and tracks. By the end of the course attendees will be able to:
Duration: Two full days (typically 09.30-16.30 - (October to February (GMT) dates may include an element of night navigation on Day 1 so could have a slightly later start and finish time).
Location: South Downs.
For NNAS Silver courses we work at a maximum ratio of 1:8
Although attendance on the Bronze course is not a pre-requisite for the Silver, we will assess your current experience to ensure you are at the right standard. It is recommended that you contact us prior to enrolling on this course, so we can understand your level of navigation experience and ensure that this course is a suitable route for you.