Silver National Navigation Award Scheme

Silver National Navigation Award Scheme (Silver NNAS)

If you have already know the basics of navigation, then the Silver National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is an ideal next step. You’ll gain knowledge and skills to allow you to move away from paths and tracks. You will also have confidence when the mist descents! It’s an ideal course for those who are working towards Mountain Training’s Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader Award.

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. 

What kit will I need ?

On your Silver National Navigation Award Scheme course, 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 couple of days walking through open countryside, sometimes venturing away from the path. Ideally, you will have completed some hillwalks or bagged some Munros.

What is included in the price of my Silver NNAS course?

The cost you pay includes; instruction by a qualified mountain leader, use of the required maps and compasses for the duration of the course, course notes and your certificate.

Our Staff

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 Silver NNAS Course?

On your Silver National Navigation Award Scheme course you will learn a number of skills such as;

  • Navigational Strategies
  • Maps. Types, scales and Grid references
  • Orientating the map
  • Measuring distances
  • Detailed Contour Interpretation
  • Compasses. Different types and how to use them.
  • Navigating away from paths and tracks
  • Advanced compass work
  • Accurately measuring distance on undulating terrain
  • Relocating when geographically challenged
  • Navigational strategies for reduced visibility (night, fog etc)
  • Technology – GPS, mobile phones & altimeters

Private Silver NNAS Courses

We deliver public Silver National Navigation Award Scheme courses in Glasgow and throughout Scotland. We can also provide a Silver National Navigation Award Scheme course directly to your hillwalking group or staff. Please contact us directly for a quote.

Upcoming Silver NNAS Courses

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