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Navigation Training at your Leisure.

I was tidying up a few days ago and I found some lovely feedback I got from a participant on one of our two day NNAS Navigation Skills Courses a few years ago. It was quite a long note but the piece that made me think more was this.

“….Right from the start she made us feel relaxed and was extremely patient. I really enjoyed her company and was so pleased to find a normal person leading the course! I was afraid I would be trained by a gung-ho youngster, but instead I found our trainer was a really, really nice woman who didn’t care that I amble up hills. This course is very woman friendly (well everyone friendly, actually) and avoids any competition. Participants are not judged by their physical appearance and you won’t feel intimidated……”

Beck at Gordale Scar

Beck at Gordale Scar

It was nice to be called “normal” under these circumstances as I think I am! Everybody can get involved in navigation from all ages to a wide range of abilities. Over the years we have had triathlon competitors, ultra runners to women who are out walking their dogs on their own. I often fall into that category.

The point I want to make is that you do not need to be super-fit and you do not need to climb mountains to enjoy the feelings of freedom and adventure that you can get when out exploring the countryside with your map and compass.  In fact the fresh air and exercise, at whatever level, can help your fitness, reduce your stress and allow you to get some perspective in your life.  I love to go out walking and having some time away from work and other commitments. It works for me, every time.

Teaching how to take a bearing off the map.

Navigation skills can be taught all year round.

You do not need to be going very far, or very high to see beautiful views in the Yorkshire Dales but being able to read a map and use a compass confidently is essential to your enjoyment and safety.  Learning these skills with us can be done at a pace to suit you. I do not like having to worry about keeping up with other people especially when I am trying to learn. Your sole purpose becomes trying not to be left behind or look bad which is no state of mind for you to learn in. Gaining navigation skills is not about speed. Yes, there are elements when you need to time yourself covering a distance but that is about you learning what your speed is so you can make estimates on ground covered when you are the navigator.

None or our navigation  events are rushed but we thought that some people might like to come to the Yorkshire Dales to learn and develop their map and compass skills in a more leisurely way and one where they have also have time to spend exploring the area on their own. With this in mind we will be running a three day midweek Navigation Skills at your Leisure event on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st May. Each morning there will be 4 hours of skills training in a different place each time and then you will be free to explore the area on your own or relax at where you are staying. We can recommend different places for all budgets that welcome walkers and muddy boots. The 3 days will be a NNAS Bronze/Silver Course which is accredited with a certificate and badge on successful completion. If you do not want any form of assessment that will be entirely up to you so do not be put off. The cost of the three days is £126.00 and this will include a local, qualified and experienced instructor, the loan of a map and compass for the duration and a badge and certificate at the end. Want to know more? Contact me on 01729 824455 or email pam@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

Cannot do those dates?  If you like the idea of doing some training over a longer period but these dates are not suitable please get in touch as we can usually arrange other dates to suit. Don’t forget Yorkshire Dales Guides does not have any minimum numbers so once one person has booked on any of our events it will go ahead. There is nothing worse than making all your accommodation and travel arrangements to find out your course has been cancelled! Not with us.

Navigation in Summer

Time for some planning

Day and Weekend Navigation Courses for 2013

Navigation Skills Courses

Navigation skills courses

We have just published a full list of all our open Navigation Skills day and weekend courses in 2013. All our courses are practically based from start to finish. Build up your confidence so you can explore beyond the well beaten tracks and take advantage of the areas that Open Access has brought you.

These courses are aimed to be enjoyable as well as informative. We run them at a leisurely pace as the important thing is that you learn how to navigate confidently. You do not need the added pressure of trying to keep up with people all the time. That is not to say we do everything slowly but we break the journey up with practicing map work, feature recognition or whatever is appropriate for your course. We have worked with ultra trail runners, triathlon competitors, students, families and retired people. Our triathlon pair said it was nice to actually walk for a change and see the scenery around them! There are quie a few comments about our navigation skill courses on our What people say about us page.

By working with a maximum of 6 people we can adapt the programme to meet your needs. We do not have a minimum number either so once someone has booked on a course we will run it even if no one else books on. This way you can book accommodation or make plans without worrying if things will get cancelled.

We supply map, compass, basic GPS for the duration of the courses.

If you cannot see a date to suit you then get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Getting Started with Navigation Days

Never used a map before – then this is the day for you

These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of navigation.

Developing Your Compass Skills Days

Understand how to use a map and the basics of navigation but never really used a compass before – then this is the day for you.

These days are for people who have used a map to navigate and now want to gain skills in using a compass.

Walking with a GPS Days

Do you have a GPS which you have not really used much? Do you have a phobia about manuals? Do you want to know if you would find a GPS useful? – Then this is the day for you.

These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of a GPS while on a walk. Instruction given at your own pace.

Safety on the Hills Days

Happy about your navigation skills but need to gain some confidence around your knowledge of personal safety when out walking on the hills – then this day if for you.

These days will be very practical and look at planning and preparation for going into more remote area and simple procedures for unforeseen incidents.

All these day courses cost £60.00 incl. vat per person . Dates and information here   

Dates and information for the NNAS courses here The Bronze/Silver courses are £115.00 incl. vat each. The Gold Course is £125.00 incl. vat

National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)

Want to develop your navigation skills in more depth and would like some accreditation too – then these are the courses for you.

The NNAS is an incentive scheme designed to help people develop their skills from basic understanding at Bronze level through to a higher level of skills at Silver and Gold level. They are 2 day non-residential courses at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. More information about the scheme at www.nnas.org.uk Certificate and badge on successful completion of the course at your appropriate level.

All our courses are practically based from start to finish.

Navigation Courses in the Yorkshire Dales

Taking a bearing from the map.

For some people being able to read a map and use a compass confidently allows them to venture away from the well used tracks and paths.  For others there may be a particular challenge they want to tackle such as the Coast to Coast or even the Yorkshire Three Peaks but they realise that the route can be difficult to follow in places or when visibility is not good.  Whenever you are walking, running or biking away from the road it is important you can read a map and even better if you can use a compass too.  Maybe you have got your apps. on your phone or a GPS but you still need to be able to read a map as you need to understand about the ground you are going to be covering.  This kit will not stop you walking over a cliff or crag edge, into a bog or over a limestone pavement. You need to be able to relate the map features to the ground.

None of this is too difficult and a basic level can be learned quite quickly enabling you to go away with enough knowledge to get you started and for you to then practice and build on those skills. You may feel you have some skills already and if so we can help you develop these and learn more.

We run several different courses for people at different levels. 

Getting Started with Navigation Days Never used a map before – then this is the day for you These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of navigation.

Developing Your Compass Skills Days Understand how to use a map and the basics of navigation but never really used a compass before – then this is the day for you. These days are for people who have used a map to navigate and now want to gain skills in using a compass.

Walking with a GPS Days Do you have a GPS which you have not really used much? Do you have a phobia about manuals? Do you want to know if you would find a GPS useful? – Then this is the day for you. These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of a GPS while on a walk. Instruction given at your own pace.

Safety on the Hills Days Happy about your navigation skills but need to gain some confidence around your knowledge of personal safety when out walking on the hills – then this day if for you. These days will be very practical and look at planning and preparation for going into more remote area and simple procedures for unforeseen incidents.

NNAS Bronze, Silver or Gold Award courses. 2 day non-residential courses with are nationally accredited. These courses are run for people at the various levels who would like to follow a recognised course and receive an award and certificate.  The National Navigation Award Scheme is a progressive personal performance programme which develops navigation skills. Helping people to enjoy the outdoors safely and confidently.

More information and dates for all these events on our web site.

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