The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside. The Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme Award is great for people with no navigation experience. The Bronze NNAS Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths, tracks and other obvious linear features. It is ideal for hillwalkers, as well as teachers and youth leaders who may be assisting with the supervision of groups in a lowland area. It’s an idea course for those who are working towards Mountain Training’s Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader Awards.
What will I learn on the Bronze NNAS?
On a Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme course you will learn the basics of how to read a map and how to use a compass. You will learn how to navigate using things that you see around you- that might be buildings, paths, trees or rivers. You’ll also learn which of these features are better to use than others. We will also have a look at the different types of maps that are available. So it won’t matter if you are using an ordinance surely or a harveys map- you will have an idea of how to use both.
What are the next steps after the Bronze NNAS?
After completing the Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme, there are several options open to you. If you enjoyed the structured approach of the NNAS framework you could book onto a Silver NNAS course. We also run Navigation Improvers courses; these one day course is tailored to the individuals who book on the course. Your tutor will build on the skills and experience that you already have resulting in truly unique and personalised experience.
We are also offering night navigation courses; this is brilliant if you end up getting caught out in the dark. Also ideal preparation for those who are working towards the Hill and Moorland Award and the Mountain Leader Award. Finally, for something a little different, you could also look at our GPS Navigation courses. On this course we will look at the basics of how a GPS unit works and how we can use it to enhance our experience on the hill.
Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme Learning Outcomes
- Navigate using a variety of maps and scales
- Use 4 and 6 figure grid references with worded descriptions to define the position of a map feature and to locate a feature on the ground
- Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms
- Use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises
- Relate prominent landforms such as large hills an valleys to corresponding contour information on the map
- Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be award that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy
- Use an orientated map to confirm direction of travel
- Use clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise hen the target has been overshot
- Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g. 100 metres
- Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based not he above skills
- Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features
- Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Country Side Code
- Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures