Navigation Courses

Navigation Courses

We currently offer Bronze and Silver NNAS Qualifications and hope soon to add Gold Courses.

What is the NNAS?

The National Navigation Award Scheme 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.

What is the Bronze Award?

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.

It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills.

The Bronze Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

What is the Silver Award?

The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.

Silver Award courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks.

Whats is the Gold Award?

The Gold Award builds on the skills acquired at the Bronze and Silver levels and adds techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features both large and small.

The Gold Award is delivered in two parts with separate Training and Assessment courses giving you ample time to practice.

Gold courses are run by tutors who not only have plenty of top level navigation experience but also have been on a special NNAS-run course in tutoring Gold courses.

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