Silver Award Syllabus

National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) – Silver Award Syllabus

  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation strategies.
  • Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
  • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
  • Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
  • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
  • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.
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Just some of the written feedback provided following training .......

  • “Instructor was clear, patient and non-intimidating, putting you at ease”“Had so much fun whilst learning valuable key skills”
  • “A safe and well-organised course – good balance of practical aspects to develop skills. Good reinforcement on day 2”
  • “Balance of indoor work to outdoor practoce. This was key to enjoying ptactical work.
    Excellent!”
  • “Good pace of working and level of information provided”
  • “Excellent course, really enjoyed – excellent balance between theory and practice”

Testimonials

“The course built well on the foundations of the bronze award. The ttor took a period to
observe and assess the level of the group before focusing on the areas of learning that would
help us develop. The delivery of the learning was smooth and catered for different learning
styles, abilities and pace of learning. The excellent practical exercises strongly reinforced all
the prior theoretical learning and I feel I personally gained invaluable experience by working
under an experienced eye and receiving very relevant feedback on performance”

Just some of the written feedback provided following training .......

  • “Amazing experience, learned a lot”
  • “Jane had lots of patience with us and has an easy way of explaining things”
  • “I loved this course, I’m definately booking on the bronze navigation course”
  • “Pitched just right. Built confidence and skills with patience and humour”
  • “Having a relaxed time enabled the learning to embed better rather than being rushed.
    Enjoyed the course and feel much more confident”
  • “Good map work to find many different types for reference. Came away far more confident
    especially on compass use”

Testimonials

“Jane is a Navigation Ninja! I joined one of the Freedom Days Silver Navigation courses she
runs and was so impressed with the way she organised and ran it, from start to finish. From
the initial enquiry right through to the follow-up, Jane delivered on and above promise. Not
only an expert in her field, Jane is committed to enabling individuals develop their navigation
skills from where they are. Sensitive and supportive, Jane makes learning fun, while making
sure you develop the navigation and hill skills needed. Jane's resources are excellent and her
commitment to her own self-development is genuine. Her passion for navigation is inspiring”

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