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The NNAS Silver award training and assessment course is designed to give people the skills to navigate in the countryside using the skills acquired at the Bronze level along with the additional skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. Accurate compass work is required and an ability to use appropriate navigation techniques to go cross-country, e.g. choosing an appropriate attack point. This course has a minimum of 12 hours of training, including assessment over a distance of 5 - 8 kilometres in terrain which allows for the demonstration of appropriate skills.
You should already have some experience of navigating in the lowlands. You will get the most out of the course if you have already attended our NNAS Bronze Award course, although this is not mandatory.
The assessment route would normally include a number of distinct contour features which require the navigator to use a wide range of navigational strategies, it will also use a variety of countryside to require choice of route, having regard to the effect of terrain, etc. The practical assessment will be undertaken over a distance of 5-8km. Practical assessment will be supplemented by questions to the candidate. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to plan a route, and their understanding of the interaction between the land, countryside users and conservation. This will be carried out both orally or and utilising a short multiple choice test.
Show confidence in the use of the skills detailed for the Bronze Award in open countryside, forests and hill environments
Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use clear features en route to check that they are 'on course'
Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', simplifying navigation, and apply them in varying terrain
Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground
Demonstrate an understanding of the navigation physical and factors affecting route choice
Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground
Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies
Employ simple relocation strategies when lost
Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground
Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather condition. Knowledge of basic first aid is also expected
Demonstrate knowledge and application of The Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of basic environmental factors in mixing 'man with nature' (e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it), and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry and conservation.