Duration and times: Two days (12 hours). Sessions last from
09.00 until 16.00 on both days - please arrive on time as you may miss
content if you arrive late.
Camping: There will be camping options or you can find your
own accommodation locally or return home.
This course is the next step for those holding an NNAS Bronze award
or those competent in navigating on footpaths with a map. It will provide
you with the skills and confidence to navigate away from paths in wild
terrain using landscape features and specific navigational strategies.
Wildwood Bushcraft is an official provider of the National Navigation
Award Scheme (NNAS) - this means we can provide an accredited and well
recognised qualification in Navigation. If you are successful in achieving
the pass criteria of this course you will receive an NNAS Silver Award
If you are primarily interested in the content of this course and do
not want the qualification you do not have to be assessed.
- Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into
'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use clear features en route
to check that they are 'on course'.
- Understand and apply the following components of a navigational
strategy 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', simplifying
navigation, 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 navigation 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 lost.
- Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction
of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort
brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather
condition. Knowledge of basic first aid is also expected.
- 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.