National Navigation Award Scheme
A Brief History of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)
The scheme was launched in 1994 at the Royal Institute of Navigation in London, and since then over 35,000 people of all ages have gained an award.
The NNAS scheme was devised by Peter as a non-competitive, personal performance scheme for all ages, to encourage people to be confident in their navigation in the countryside. NNAS courses do not provide leadership qualifications.
The scheme continues to be a great success, and with over 500 registered providers of courses many people of all ages have benefited from the skills learnt on an NNAS course.
Who is the award for?
With 3 different levels of the scheme (Bronze, Silver, Gold), the award is great for anyone - Whether you fairly competent with a map and compass or totally new, we'll find the award that's suited for you.
The awards are also great for teachers or youth leaders who may be assisting with groups in the hills or mountains as well as those who are thinking of working towards mountain leader awards.
Please note- The courses are designed for personal navigation and are not leadership awards.
Bronze Level £80pp 2 days
Silver Level £90pp 2 days
What equipment do i need?
You will need clothing and footwear and equipment suitable for the weather in the hills and mountains at the time of the course.
You should also bring a packed lunch each day
During the course you will need a map of the area which we will advise depending on where the course will take place
You will also require a compass, we recommend a Silva expedition 4- which is the industry standard.
A notebook and pen may also be useful.
What is the course content for each level?
Bronze NNAS Award, 2 days including assessment
On completion of this award, participants will be able to plan and follow simple walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.
The 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 and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.
- Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be aware 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 when 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.100m.
- Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the 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 Countryside Code.
- Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.
Silver NNAS Award, 2 days including assessment
On completion of this award participants will be able to plan and follow walks in the countryside away from paths and tracks.
The learning outcomes: (additional to those of the Bronze Award)
- Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation strategies.
- Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
- Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
- Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
- Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
- Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
- Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
- Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
- Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
- Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
- Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
- Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
- Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
- Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
- Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
- Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.
How do i book?
For all bookings please contact us via our contact page or alternatively email: Info@peakexperience.co.uk
Please note that our ratios are a minimum of 2 and max of 6 people per instructor for each course.