My blog with the most hits is one on Navigation 10
Top Tips, which is well worth a read, but I’d like to make an update to
some thinking on the “5 D’s of Navigation”.
The 5 D’s is a way to remember to think about the
important aspects of each navigational leg, helping you stay focussed and
reduce errors. But I’ve moved away from this model this year when teaching
navigation on my skills courses and leadership awards.
The 5 D’s are: Direction, Distance, Duration, Description
and Destination (or some people use Dangers or other alternatives). It doesn’t seem
like much to remember, but when people are starting out I find that 5 things can
be hard to remember.
My new Approach? Well, I’m trying to keep it simple.
Navigation is all about getting from A to B, to help you get
there easily you just need to know:
is it? (Direction)
How Far is
it? (Distance or Time, unusual to monitor both)
You See? (Description of your route, its features and hazards)
I’ve found this approach to work well at all the levels I
teach at, you can increase the complexity and depth of information for each
question as required, or keep it super simple; head left for a couple of
minutes and you’ll see the café round the corner, treat yourself, you deserve
In : Top Tips