AFS MOUNTAINEERING

Mountain Skills Courses

 

The Bronze Navigator Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes. It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills.

If you would like to discuss this course for a club, society or other group of people, please see the Private Courses page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices

ABOUT THE

Bronze NNAS Award

Each non-residential course costs £135 per person for the two days training and assessment.

It includes training and assessment over two days (minimum of 12 hours) with a qualified NNAS Tutor and experienced guide. There is a certificate on successfully passing the award.

The courses are run in the North York Moors National Park around the iconic Roseberry Topping. There is a very brief indoor session both days but we are mainly out on the hills learning the practical tools and skills in the real environment.

The instructor:client ratio is 1:8 with a minimum of 3 clients to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect.

By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of the following:-

  • Maps and scales

  • Grid references

  • Orientating a map with and without a compass

  • Relate prominent landforms to the contours on a map

  • Locate yourself on the map and route, and relocation techniques for when you are not quite sure

  • Measure and estimate distances on the map and the ground

  • Plan routes and use simple navigation strategies

  • Access issues and legislation

  • The countryside code and the environment

  • Walking and safety equipment and emergency procedures

If you'd like a private course for friends/family/clubs or societies, or different dates from the ones advertised below then please simply get in touch to discuss dates and prices via the Private Courses page. 

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This nationally recognised accredited course will enable you to plan your own walks with a deeper understanding of different maps and how to use them. It will also provide you with the tools needed to relocate yourself should the weather turn bad. It will improve your confidence in the outdoors.

 

Bronze NNAS - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?


The course is aimed at those wanting to get out more and gain confidence in the hills so some basic walking fitness is all that's needed. You don't need to worry about being super fit. It is for those who have either never used a map and compass to navigate in the countryside or those who perhaps want to revisit some basic skills. It isn't an army march and we will spend a lot of time learning and practicing various aspects of navigation over relatively short distances. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.




What do I need to bring?


You can see the recommended kit list here (please ignore the additional essentials for backpacking as we won't be doing that!). We'll talk about clothing and equipment on the day. I'll provide maps (and compasses if necessary).




Where do we meet?


We meet at 0900 at The Kings Head Inn in the village of Newton-under-Roseberry on the first day. The full address is: The Green, Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton, Cleveland. TS9 6QR. There is parking available at the pub but we can't leave our cars there all day. There is free parking in the village toward Guisborough a short walk from the pub and at the Roseberry Topping car park (at a cost). We will meet at the Guisborough Forest and Walkway cafe a few miles further east for day 2 and full details are sent out on booking. Please see here for a map of Newton-under-Roseberry




I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?


This is up to you depending on your budget. However I would recommend getting in touch with The Kings Head Inn as they offer deals for walkers. There is also a selection of accommodation in nearby Guisborough and Great Ayton.




What's not included?


Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport




How much is the course and how do I book?


The course costs £125 per person for the two days tuition and the assessment (and certificate if you pass). To book please see the above dates and click on the one you are interested in and follow the instructions. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.




I can't make the dates you are offering but I want to do the course


That's no problem - Just get in touch with me and I'll see what dates you are free and whether I am too. Please also see the Bespoke Courses page.




What are the Terms & Conditions?


Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. Please note the cancellation policy!




I've got some more general questions...


Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!




Can you run courses privately for my group?


Absolutely - please see the Bespoke Courses page or get in touch. For clubs and societies (especially university) I tend to look at forming a partnership and can offer competitive prices depending on regularity, numbers of people etc. Just get in touch to discuss.





Thanks for a great weekend Fabian. I learnt a lot and gained real confidence. Excellent course and great supportive teaching. You have a great manner and caring attitude towards your students. You love and are passionate about your profession and it shines through.

Ian, July 2019

 

TO BOOK

If you want to chat to me about any of the courses feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Simply choose the date you are interested in, click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the course.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions including the cancellation policy and that you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Upcoming Bronze (Beginner) NNAS Courses @ £135 per person

This includes the full two days training, assessment and certificate

Bronze NNAS - 20-21st March 2021
The King's Head Inn
Bronze NNAS - 5-6 June 2021
The King's Head Inn
Bronze NNAS - 5-6 July 2021
The King's Head Inn
 
FABIAN SEYMOUR

Summer Mountain Leader

Winter Mountain Leader

Rock Climbing Instructor

NNAS Tutor

fabian@afsmountaineering.co.uk

+44 07968207779

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