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Learning new skills can be a fun and perhaps challenging activity, but it will keep you safe and help you become more self-reliant whilst you’re enjoying the outdoors.
As well as books to help you develop skills and learn new techniques, there are organisations that offer courses on various elements of outdoor activity.
Navigational skills are important for walkers and trekkers, especially those travelling into remote areas, and perhaps alone. Many map and compass courses follow the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) and offer a structured programme in learning about navigation.
When travelling into wilderness areas, or when far from medical help, having the personal knowledge to minimise the risk of accidents and illness is crucial. With first aid and wilderness training, you may learn about potentially life threatening conditions such as altitude sickness, and how to prevent and treat a range of specific health problems.
Similarly, learning the skills of bushcraft is not only an enjoyable experience and a chance to meet other people with the same interests, but something that will be useful when spending time in the wilderness. From knife sharpening to water sourcing, the main principles of survival and wilderness bushcraft can be learnt on a variety of courses.
(Photo from 'Navigation')
www.eastanglianavigation.co.uk (run by Cicerone author Graham Uney)
www.will4adventure.com (Range of adventure holidays, together with Rock Climbing Courses, Hill Skills and Navigation Courses and much more)
www.mountain-trips.co.uk (Range of bespoke instructional courses in rock climbing, scrambling and mountain walking within the U.K. Each course is individually tailored for any level, allowing you to learn the skills you want to learn at your pace)
www.proactive-adventure.com (Pro-Active Adventure offers a broad range of outdoor activities professionally delivered across our outdoor education centres in North Wales, England, and Europe)