Children and Family Navigation Courses

Description: Navigation courses for families and young people aged seven and upwards
Dates: Every week 4th July – 14th August 2020
Half-day children’s courses every Tue/Wed/Thurs morning
Half-day family courses every Tue/Wed afternoon
Course Length: 1/2 day (3 hours)
Group Size: Max 8 per group
Cost: €30
Overview

Join us around the resort and lower slopes for these fun navigation courses aimed at children and families. No prior experience is needed! You will learn all the necessary skills through a series of games and adventurous activities.

The National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills. The Outdoor Discovery Award (ODA) introduces the basic elements of navigation to people of all ages, abilities and learning needs who want to explore outside.

Courses build participants’ confidence through a progression from Star Level 1 to Star Level 3, while focusing on making that journey fun, exciting and adventurous. The progressive structure and easy to understand format is particularly suited to younger learners and families wishing to learn to explore together. At the end of the course, all participants receive a certificate for the level they have achieved.

Course content 

The full syllabus is available on the NNAS website, but expect to cover the following as you progress through the Star Levels:

1 Star
  • Make simple maps to show journeys. 
  • Gain a basic understanding of map symbols, scale and map setting.
  • Undertake simple journeys for fun using a map or plan
2 Star
  • Develop mapping and map setting skills. 
  • Recognise simple buildings and features in the immediate outdoor area.
  • Undertake slightly longer journeys, taking into account scale and distance
3 Star
  • Plan and follow straightforward journeys around familiar and unfamiliar areas. 
  • Discover and investigate points of interest during the journey.
  • Understand basic walking safety issues and have respect for the environment
Practical Information

Who is the course aimed at? The courses are aimed at children and families. They are open to participants of all physical abilities and can be adapted to suit people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties.Navigating

 

How long does it take to achieve Star level 3? This really depends on the level of prior experience. Some participants may be able to achieve all three levels in one course, while others may prefer a gentler pace of learning and take one course per level.

What do I need to bring? This post has full details, but basically you’ll need a map and compass plus suitable outdoor clothes. You can print the map on A4 paper before the course, and download a compass app for your phone if you don’t have one.

Will there be a test? No! The aim of the course is to have fun while learning to explore. Everyone will receive a certificate of achievement, but there won’t be a test.

How long is the course: Each course runs for 3 hours. The morning courses will run  9am-12pm while the afternoon courses will run 2pm – 5pm.

What is the difference between the morning and afternoon courses: Morning and afternoon courses will cover the same material. However, morning courses will be for children only while the afternoons will be for families wishing to learn together. 

Booking

For further information, or to book onto the course, please contact us at bookings@whitemarmotte.com or use our children’s or family navigation online booking.