Build Confidence

Learning to use a map and compass is hugely rewarding as it opens up a world of walks and adventures. Being self-sufficient in the hills brings huge pleasure, relaxation, and peace of mind.

Black Dog Adventures offers a variety of navigation courses in the Shropshire hills. We specialise in complete beginners who would like to improve their confidence in the outdoors. Our one and two-day courses are limited to  8 participants so you'll never feel overwhelmed or lost in the crowd. If you prefer learning with a group of friends or colleagues, we can create tailor-made courses for small groups and individuals.

In the age of Smart Phone and  GPS technology, it is easy to lose sight of the need for map and compass skills but they really do remain essential for safety in the hills. A GPS is a welcome addition to these skills but should never be seen as a replacement. Sound knowledge of how to use both a map and compass is vital for anyone venturing out into the hills.

All courses are non-residential.  They can be weekend or midweek. Accommodation, travel, food and drink are not included although we will send a list of local accommodation should you need it. Advanced coaching days are long - stretching into the hours of darkness.

Please get in contact if you have any questions or would like to inquire about alternative dates for the courses, split days and alternatives to what is listed. We are always happy to try to accommodate your requests.

The aims of the National Navigation Award Scheme are simple – to give lovers of the outdoors, whatever their sport, age or fitness, the freedom to explore the paths, trails, hills and mountains of Britain and abroad.

Gaining an award does not give you a qualification to teach or lead. It is a recognition of the level of skill at which you can navigate.

Black Dog Adventures use the first two awards – the Bronze National Navigation Award, the Silver National Navigation Award and if you want to progress to go onto an MLTB leader award we can provide bespoke coaching to help you get you ready with our advanced skills days.

Young Navigator Star Award (YNSA)

The focus of the Young Navigator Awards is to encourage exploration and journeying using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps. There is a gradual learning progression via One Star (bronze), Two Star (silver) and Three Star (gold) levels with certificates and badges available for achieving candidates.

The awards can be delivered by any competent adult who has the confidence and knowledge to do so and who registers with the NNAS. A resource book produced to support tutors is available from the office.

The awards are aimed at all age groups and abilities. The Young Navigator Star courses are fantastic for youngsters to actively learn outside the classroom, and the Gold level is often used as a lead-in for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.

The syllabus content is structured to allow flexible teaching approaches to suit the candidates and type of maps available locally. The syllabus outline below indicates the main intentions at each level.