Map Reading & Navigation Courses for Walkers
Derek Jones NNAS Trainer and Assessor
Message from Derek – 27th April 2018
The next course will be on Saturdays May 5th and 12th (10am until 4pm) and will be at level 1. There are 2 places available.
Subsequent to this I shall be doing courses at level 1 and 2 at times and days to suit those who express an interest.
All courses will be 12 hours in total (3×4 weekdays or 2×6 at weekends) and the total cost is £30.
These courses have been a feature for a good few years, and many have benefited from them, run either in partnership with Solihull College or with the support of our Ramblers group.
Courses focus on appropriate levels of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) accreditation: Bronze & Silver. Programmes are mainly practical, and course charges cover registration, certificates, badges, assessment, maps, facilitation etc.
Level 1 – £30
The 3 weekly sessions will run from 10am until 2pm and the cost in total will be £30.
Typical Level 1 course for beginners and improvers; suitable for any walkers who wish to increase their map reading skills so as to be able to navigate with confidence – includes map reading, compass skills, basic navigation techniques; leading to (optionally) Bronze level in National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).
For those who decide to be formally assessed for the Bronze National Navigation Award (NNAS) there will be an extra session arranged and cost for this session including registration and the certificate will be £10 in total.
Level 2 –
Names are also being collected for Level 2 course which is suitable for those who already have first level skills.
How it works is when there are about 20 names on the list, an email is sent to everyone asking what days and dates they cannot attend. The courses (3 x 4 hour sessions) are then arranged to suit the responses and are at levels one or two.
If you have any queries please ask Derek Jones – Telephone 0121 744 7881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day:
- Wrap up more than for a ‘normal walk’.
- If you have one bring an EXP 220 map*.
- A compass will be useful. (Spares compass are available to loan out if necessary.)
- Note pad and pencil as we will begin our session in the classroom.
- Carry your usual provisions and wear your normal gear for a ‘day’s walk’.
We will meet at the Visitor’s Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER (Grid Reference SO 998 754). Food, drink and facilities are available. The start of the course will be theory using the ‘classroom’ facility at the centre then we will be putting the theory into action.