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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Navigate in natural environments 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262318  Navigate in natural environments 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Adventure Based Learning 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in the use of map and compass skills to plan and/or navigate a route in tracked or easy untracked environments. Individuals found competent against this unit standard will be able to handle navigation in a way conducive to the provision of a safe, quality, positive, experience to clients.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Use navigational equipment correctly in a natural environment.
  • Plan a route in a tracked or easy untracked area using a map and/or a compass.
  • Navigate tracked or easy untracked areas safely. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use navigational equipment correctly in a natural environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of maps and scales are identified and assessed and an appropriate map chosen to ensure that the relevant factors are considered in the planning of a route. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Symbols and information on the map are interpreted to eliminate possible errors and inaccuracies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Essential features of a compass are clearly understood to ensure accurate reading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Compass readings are performed to determine accurate grid and magnetic bearings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A map is correctly orientated to surroundings with and without the use of a compass. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Magnetic variation of the map is correctly adjusted on the compass to ensure accurate navigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Factors that affect accuracy are identified and incorporated into planning the designated course. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan a route in a tracked or easy untracked area using a map and/or a compass. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergency or contingency escape routes are identified to accommodate potential emergency situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazardous terrain is identified from the information on a map and avoided in the planning of a route to ensure participant safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Navigate tracked or easy untracked areas safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A route/course is selected and a map correctly orientated to its surroundings with and without the use of a compass to estimate distance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A designated course is accurately manoeuvred through using the application of navigational aids. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Local weather conditions are monitored and adequate preparations are made in terms of clothing and shelter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potentially dangerous animals and plants are identified and carefully avoided to ensure safety of participants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Unknown features in the field are identified using map and compass. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Navigation techniques for limited visibility situations are used to ensure safe passage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Emergencies and injuries are attended to according to requirements in a timely fashion. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Relevant problem solving skills.
  • Relevant decision-making.
  • Relevant navigation skills.
  • Relevant aspects of topography.
  • Appropriate observation skills.
  • Environmental awareness.
  • Relevant aspects of safety.
  • Appropriate knowledge pertaining to weather.
  • Relevant aspects of First Aid. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem identification is reflected in coping with emergency situations encountered on the trip. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Effective teamwork is displayed when dealing with medical emergencies and attending to injuries of fellow members. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing self and resources is required when planning and preparing for the trip. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information is evaluated when symbols on map are interpreted and when map is oriented to surroundings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology is used to calculate grid and magnetic bearings using a map and compass. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Where this unit standard is utilised in the Adventure-Based Learning environment, learners operating from a Centre-based environment must demarcate the navigation area to participating groups prior to the implementation of the activity. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65569   Further Education and Training Certificate: Adventure Based Learning  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



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