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Advanced Navigation Course

Come and join the Tamarack team for three days of navigation, using map, compass and many other navigational skills to enhance your outdoor experience.

Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July 2018


The course is for those who have good, limited or no previous navigation experience and is run from
a tented/tarped camp* in the Forest of Bowland.

Content
 - Map orientation and use of contours
 - Use of attack points, handrails, backstops and tick features
 - Unknown point (resection)
 - Use of prismatic / sighting and handheld compass
 - 4, 6 and 8 figure grid references
 - Walking on a bearing and back bearings
 - How to navigate confidently in poor visibility
 - Use of pacing and Naismiths rule
 - Night and day navigation exercises
 - Navigation through woodland and open moorland
 - Natural navigation - using nature to find the way
 - Hill safety and basic contents of a day pack

Instructions
 - Meet at Tamarack Outdoors at 18:30 on the Thursday, the course will
   finish at 16:00 on the Sunday.
 - For directions and a map follow the link to the Our Shop page.

Additional Information
Maximum amount of students: 4
There is a minimum age limit of 16 for this course. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Course Kit List.

Price: £150.00 - the price includes tuition and hot & cold drinks. The course does not include food or transport.

* If you prefer not to stay in camp overnight, you can  travel to and from the course daily.

Brief Itinerary
After meeting at Tamarack Outdoors, we will load our vehicles and  drive 30 minutes to the woodland camp. Here we will walk 500mtrs from the vehicles into the wood and pitch camp. This will be our base for the duration of the course.

On the Friday morning we will start the course concentrating on the basics of map and compass work such as map orientation, use of contours, 6 figure grid references, taking and walking on a bearing etc. The end of the day sees us plotting a route for the Saturday.

On Saturday morning we will walk the route we plotted the day before and iron out any problems while out on the ground. The Saturday afternoon when we return back to camp, we will concentrate on 8 figure grid references, the use of sighting compasses and micro navigation along with plotting our route for Sundays navigation exercise. After our evening meal we will prepare for a night navigation within the local area.

The Sunday sees us leave camp for the day, heading for the Bowland Fells, for the navigation exercise. Here you will put into practice what you have learnt the previous days. The exercise will finish around 15:00 back at our vehicles where the course will end.

Interested ?



For more information on this event contact the Tamarack Team on 01995 601011 or email at 
sales@tamarackoutdoors.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need to be fit ?
You need to be of good fitness, the Saturday and Sunday sees us walking on some very boggy and difficult ground both in the woodland, moorland and at night.

Q: What do I need to bring ?
A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Course Kit List.

Q: Do I get a discount on any equipment I need for the course ?
Yes, all course participants get a 10% discount on all products purchased at Tamarack for the course.

Q: What if the weather is bad ?
Don't worry about this, the course goes ahead whatever the weather.

Q: I can't make the Friday, but can I come on the Saturday ?
Sorry, full attendance of the course is necessary, even if you have been on another course previously.

Q: Can I bring along alcohol ?
Alcohol and any recreational drugs are not allowed on site for the duration of the course. Anyone found using either, will be removed from the course immediately. However, this does not include any student who is on medication.

Q: Can I bring my dog ?
Sorry, no dogs or pets allowed on site.

Q: What about first aid and anyone having an accident ?
All Tamarack staff are trained and qualified in first aid, with a full comprehensive first aid kit on site. Risk assessments and emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality.

Q: What about insurance ?
Tamarack hold the relevant insurance to carry out this type of activity. However, it would be an advantage to all students to have there own travel insurance.

Q: What happens now that I have booked and paid for a course?
After you have booked and paid to attend one of our courses you will find all the information you will need within the FAQ or the relevant course page you have booked on. Here you will find dates, timings, meeting point, what kit and food provision you need etc.

One Day Courses - If you have booked on a one day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone one to two weeks prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.

Multiple Day Courses - If you have booked on a multiple day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone  two months then again one month  prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.

YOU WILL NOT BE SENT THROUGH THE POST PAPER JOINING INSTRUCTIONS, ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED IS ON OUR WEBSITE.

Q: If I have booked and paid for a course and I need to cancel, do I get my money back?
If you need to cancel a course at any point you can either turn the course fee into a credit note in our store or request a refund at any point. However, a refund or credit note is not available if you don't attend and request a refund after the course date.

If you cannot attend prior to the course, please let us know as soon as possible as we have a reserve list on every course.

Q: I booked on one of your courses and you have now cancelled it, do I get my money back ?
If Tamarack have to cancel a course for any reason, where practicable the course will be rescheduled. However, you can either turn the course fee into a credit note in our store or request a refund.