The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain the confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside. The Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme Award is excellent for people with no navigation experience. It’s an ideal course for those who are working towards Mountain Training’s Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader Award.
The Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is ideal if you are new to navigation. During the two days of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of navigation, including understanding maps, and necessary compass skills. You will receive expert tuition and have plenty of practical hands-on experience. The Bronze NNAS is an accredited course; therefore, when you complete, you will be presented with a certificate. We’re confident that at the end of this course you will be able to navigate on paths and tracks!
What is the National Navigation Award Scheme?
The National Navigation Award Scheme is a national scheme which aims to teach people how to navigate and look after themselves in the countryside and mountains of Britain. It isn’t a leadership award. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework (SCQF) at level 4 and is worth two credits.
What kit will I need ?
You should dress for a day in the hills. We will send you a suggested kit list in your welcome pack. You will need to bring things such as waterproofs, spare warm layers, and lunch. Don’t worry about bringing a map or compass- we’ll provide those on the day.
How fit will do I need to be?
You will need to be fit enough to spend a day walking on good paths and rolling hillside. You don’t need any previous hill walking or mountaineering experience.
What is included in the price of my Bronze NNAS course?
The cost you pay includes; instruction by a qualified mountain leader, use of the require maps and compasses for the duration of the course, course notes and your certificate.
Our trainers have years of experience teaching people how to navigate. All of our NNAS tutors are Summer Mountain Leaders and hold an outdoor first aid qualification. Aside from that, we’re a diverse bunch from a wide range of backgrounds- teaching and youth work, to laser engineers! Rest assured that our team are all friendly, dependable and qualified individuals who love the outdoors and making sure that you have the best possible experience on our navigation courses.
What will I learn on the Bronze NNAS Course?
Over the two days you will learn:
- The different Maps, and scales.
- How the British Grid System works and how to take a grid reference.
- How to develop a navigation strategy; sometime know as the 4 Ds.
- The different types of compass, their advantages and disadvantages and their parts.
- How to use a compass for taking measurements and bearings.
- How to follow a bearing in poor weather conditions.
- Measuring distance on the ground by using pacing, and timing.
- How to understand the contours on the map.
- How to navigate around obstacles.
- Learn about our access to the countryside and the Countryside Code.
- Different types of hillwalking equipment and their uses.
What are my next steps?
After completing the Bronze NNAS course you may want to look at some of our other navigation courses. Such as the two day Silver NNAS course. If you would like to know what to do if the worst should happen, then take a look at our outdoor first aid courses.
Private Bronze NNAS Courses
We deliver public Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme courses in Glasgow and throughout Scotland. We can also provide a Bronze NNAS course directly to your hillwalking group or staff. Please contact us directly for a quote.
Upcoming Bronze NNAS Courses
There are no upcoming events at this time.