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Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 9:30am
Brecon Mountain CentreLibanus
Brecon, LD3 8
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The NNAS has launched the NNAS Tutor Award, a course for those who teach navigation. It is a recognition that just because one can personally navigate it doesn’t follow that one can teach it!

Who are the courses for?

Over the next three years (from November 2016) all current award providers and their staff will have to attend this CPD-accredited course in order to continue to offer bronze-level NNAS courses.
Successful completion of the NNAS Tutor Award will also enable those without a higher hill or mountain walking qualification but with experience and interest in the outdoors to help teach on a Bronze award under the guidance of a registered NNAS Bronze provider.

The course is a mixture of indoor and outdoor practical sessions and offers the opportunity for candidates to discuss their own methodology as well as learning new techniques from others.

The course venue is the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre near Brecon and is clearly signposted off the A470(T) at Libanus.
Saturday, July 8th, 2017 at 9:00am
Brecon Mountain CentreLibanus
Brecon, LD3 8
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The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.
Silver National Navigation Award courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks.
For the full syllabus of the Silver National Navigation Award see below:

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.
Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 9:30am
BeechenhurstSpeech House Road
Coleford, GL16 7
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This 4-day IOSH MANAGING SAFELY course is at the Beechenhurst (FC) Centre in the Forest of Dean: July 10th/11th/20th/21st, 2017.

Q - why understand your responsibilities as a manager?
A - Because every manager needs an understanding of their safety and health responsibilities.

Managing Safely is unlike any other safety and health course. Why? Because it delivers practical step-by-step guidance with a sharp business focus that’s hands-on and jargon-free. The innovative format and content is engaging and inspiring – critical to embedding safety and health throughout your entire organisation.
Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 9:00am
Bigfoot Services Limited10 Water Avens Close, Waters Edge
Cardiff, CF3 0RG
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The Gold National Navigation Award builds on the skills acquired at the Bronze and Silver levels and adds techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features both large and small.
The Gold National Navigation Award is delivered in two parts with separate Training and Assessment courses giving you ample time to practice.
Gold courses are run by tutors who not only have plenty of top level navigation experience but also have been on a special NNAS-run course in tutoring Gold courses.
For full syllabus of the Gold National Navigation Award see below:

Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of GGold National Navigation Award navigation strategies.
Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.
Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
Use back bearings and transits to confirm current position.
Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 9:00am
Brecon Beacons National ParkPlas y Ffynnon, Cambrian Way,
Brecon, LD3 7HP
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The Lowland Leader award has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so you'll never be short of places to go walking.

The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far reaching, from the South West Coast Path to the Great Glen Way; walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains. And with campaigns such as Britain on Foot and Walking for Health proving really popular, there’s never been a better time to be a walking leader.
Is it for me?

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:
You must be at least 17 years old
You should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside
If the above applies to you, here's what to do next:
Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
Register for the Lowland Leader scheme (this costs £44).


Before you book onto a Lowland Leader training course, make sure you have done the following:
You must be registered on the scheme
You must have recorded a minimum of 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required (ideally these will be recorded on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration).

The Syllabus

Lowland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered during your two day training course.
Leadership Skills and Group Management
Walking Skills
Planning a Walk
Basic Mapwork and Route Finding Skills
Hazards and Emergency Procedures
Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Lowland Leader Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.


The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. We recommend at least three months between training and assessment and if it takes you a few years to feel ready, that’s fine too. You can use the excuse 'I'm preparing for assessment' to have as many walking adventures as you like, so get out there and explore this beautiful country of ours!


Before you book onto a Lowland Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:
You must have attended a Lowland Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
You must be familiar with the syllabus
You must have logged a minimum of 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types of terrain (woodland, coastal, farmland etc)
You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Lowland Leader
The Lowland Leader assessment is 2 days long (minimum 16 hours contact time)

Assessments are run by one of our approved providers and a variety of cost packages are available, depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

Find a course

After you've passed your assessment, if you're interested in taking groups on multi-day walks, the Expedition Skills Module is the obvious next step.
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 at 9:00am
Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer
Mertyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR
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A two day course (16 hours). The REC emergency outdoor first aid course is designed to introduce a systematic way of first aid for managing casualties. Topic learning and practical demonstrations are intermixed with scenarios of real situations.

The course includes:

- The fundamental workings of the body, in particular the heart, lungs and airway
- Assessing a casualty
- Introduces a system to cope with all incidents as safely as possible
- Deciding how to deal with an accident or incident outdoors-
- Awareness of delayed medical help and adverse environmental conditions

REC has a wide range of courses available to meet the needs of clients, whether it is in an outdoor environment or within a work place. The courses are delivered in a modular and structured programme which allows the courses to be easily adapted to suit individual needs.

REC, through Bigfoot Services Limited, offers L4 Expedition First Aid (two days) and High Altitude First Aid (four hours) training courses which are delivered by Alan Ward - International Mountain Leader.