Aim of this 2 day course is to learn the skills to navigate using linear features and large land forms like valleys and prominent hills. A compass will be employed solely for assistance in orientation of the map to the ground.
Training – Able to plan and follow simple walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.
• Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
• Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
• Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
• Orientate the map with and without a compass.
• Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
• Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
• Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
• Estimate distance on both map and ground.
• Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
• Plan a safe, suitable walk.
• Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.
• Understand access rights and responsibilities.
• Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.
Assessment – Assessed on ability to navigate using a variety of simple line features in open countryside and/or woodland.
• The assessment route would normally include a number of points on distinct features which require the navigator to use a variety of line features.
• The assessment route would normally have frequent changes in direction to assess map orientation skills.
• The practical assessment undertaken over a distance of 3-5km dependent on terrain.
• Practical assessment reinforced by questions on the basic skills of navigation, route planning, selection and safety.
• The duration for training and assessment at Bronze level is a minimum of 12 hours, to cover all aspects of the syllabus.
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