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Introduction to Navigation

17/06/2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of navigation through a mix of 2 evening courses delivered online via Zoom on the Monday 5th and Monday 12th June, and a full day on Saturday 17th June to practice skills learnt. 

The Bronze National Navigation Award course is aimed at those with no navigation experience. You will learn how to:

– Navigate using a variety of maps and scales, 

– Use 4 and 6 figure grid references to define the position of a map feature and to locate a feature on the ground.

– Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.

– Use paths, tracks and clear boundaries as handrails in simple navigation exercises.

– Relate landforms such as large hills and valleys to contour information on the map.

– Estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and know how to use these when out walking

– Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.

– Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.

– Be aware of the use of mobile phone location apps as a back up to map and compass and in emergencies.

The course will be delivered with a mix of exercises to build skills and navigation practice. There will be short exercises to do if you wish in between the evening sessions so you can practice on your own before we head outdoors together.

The course will be delivered by a qualified Mountain Leader and NNAS registered tutor, Emily Thompson. Emily is also a qualified first aider and an experienced member of Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team.

If you are interested but don’t want to pay the eventbrite fee get in touch for other payment methods – emily@tinkadventures.com

Course needs a minimum of 3 people to run.