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Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 2:00pm
Brecon Beacons
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Get away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh's Award as well as many walk leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.

In a previous life this qualification was called Walking Group Leader (WGL) - in 2014 we renamed it and made some minor changes. The 'overnight experience' element of the WGL was removed and we created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be 'bolted on' to the Hill and Moorland Leader if you want to increase the scope of your qualification to include overnight expeditions.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 10:00am
Black Mountain
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Gold National Navigation Award Syllabus:

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, April 7th, 2018 at 9:00am
Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer
Mertyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR
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1 Overview
1.1 Introduction
The Off-Site Safety Management course (OSSM) was designed in response to concerns about
safety in off-site activities. It addresses the content of legislation in this area and provides an
opportunity for attendees to explore the application of the legislation in practical situations.
The OSSM course will be appropriate for those working in a range of different situations where
they are responsible for taking children/young people/adults out of their everyday environments
(e.g. on geography or environmental field trips, on sporting away events, on organised activities). It
aims to equip attendees with the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and problem solving
skills in a range of contexts.
1.2 Aims
• To develop knowledge and understanding of off-site safety management procedures and
the ability to apply this to a range of different contexts.
• To develop ability to plan, manage and evaluate off-site activities in order to ensure the
safety of the participants.
• To develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and which can be adapted to meet
different circumstances
• To encourage further study and promote the value of continuing professional development.
1.3 Target Group
The scheme is designed for adults working with both young people and adults where they will be
required to plan, manage and evaluate off-site safety policies, procedures and activities. It will be
particularly appropriate for teachers, lecturers, trainers and youth workers who are seeking to
develop their knowledge and skills in off-site safety management. It is also relevant to those who
work in organisations seeking compliance with the new British Standard, BS 8848: the specification
for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities, outside the United
1.4 Prior Learning
Although there are no formal entry requirements in terms of prior learning, attendees may find it
helpful to draw on previous knowledge and experience of managing safety issues in the workplace.
Basic understanding of planning processes and risk assessment and safety management may also
provide useful starting points.
Fieldwork & Expeditions
Off-Site Safety Management
Course curriculum
1.5 Guided Learning Hours
It is suggested that an average delegate with the recommended prior learning should take around
15 guided learning hours to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to meet the
assessment objectives successfully. However this figure is for guidance only and will vary
depending on individual delegates and the mode of delivery.
1.6 Progression
The Off-Site Safety Management course has been designed to aid delegates in developing
knowledge and understanding that would enhance their performance in the workplace and thus
assisting in preparing them for greater responsibility.
1.7 Opportunities for addressing spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues
Tutors delivering a course on Off-Site Safety Management would have opportunities to address
these issues throughout the course.
Delegates will need to consider all of these issues when planning events for particular groups.
They will need to consider the appropriateness of activities for different target groups where
children/young people/adults have different social and cultural values and to identify issues that
may arise in meeting these needs.
Additionally, as attendees will be responsible for the members of the group who are in their care,
they will need to consider moral, ethical, social and cultural issues in relation to the influence that
they will have over those for whom they are responsible. Attendees will need to consider issues
when taking responsibility for children, young people and other adults in a
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 9:30am
Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer
Mertyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR
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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.
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 9:30am
Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer
Mertyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR
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A 4 hour course. The High Altitude First Aid course is designed to complement the REC L2 Emergency Outdoor First Aid course for those travelling to higher altitudes. Topic learning and practical demonstration with the Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) are included in this course.

First aid training with the REC scheme is easy and fun. The course is progressive by building on each session and includes:

What is High Altitude Sickness
Forms of High Altitude Sickness
High Altitude: Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
High Altitude: Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
High Altitude: Cerebral Edema (HACE)
Diamox & Dexamethasone Use and Dosage
Altitude Oxygen
Hyperbaric Chamber (PAC or Gamow Bag)

The Candidates will gain knowledge and experience of the first steps in first aid which might be required at higher altitudes.

The Qualification

The High Altitude first aid course is certified for three years.
Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 2:00pm
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Walking in the hills can be a daunting prospect if you have never done it before. To stay safe and enjoy your time on the hill you need some basic skills and expertise to guide you on your way. The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are designed to teach you just that. They aim to equip you with the basic knowledge and safety skills required to participate in hill and mountain walking in your own time.

People hill walk for many reasons, but a significant motivating factor is the sense of freedom that you gain from exploring the great outdoors. Discovering new places and challenging yourself adds to the whole experience and within the UK and Ireland there are vast areas to explore and enjoy.

The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are nationally accredited and developed by Mountain Training.