Adventure Northumberland offer a choice of National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) awards, it 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.
We currently offer 2 levels - Bronze and Silver Click on the Details Tab for more information on the Bronze Award or Click Here for information on the Silver Award.
These are 2 day courses with a certificate for those who successfully complete the course. NNAS is a recognised award and valid throughout the United Kingdom.
This course generally runs on the Simonside Hills above Rothbury, if there is a change we will let you know in advance. There are plenty of accomodation options in the area from Bunkhouse to Hotel.
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. NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.
The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.
Bronze National Navigation Award Syllabus
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.
What do I need? You will need a small rucksac with waterproofs and clothing for the day as well as food and drink for a day out in the hills. You will also need a compass - A Silva Expedition 4 is recommended. We will supply you with maps for the day.
Where will the course start? Set in the Northumberland National Park at Simonside near Rothbury. Exact details are emailed to you.
How long does it last? The session starts at 9.30am and we are generally finished by 4.30pm.
Do I get a certificate? Yes - You will receive an NNAS Certificate confirming attendance and completion of the course.
This course is provided by Adventure Northumberland and is ran by a qualified Mountain Leader.
The award is managed by NNAS and set to a syllabus. For more information please visit www.nnas.org.uk
Participants will need to sign a heath decleration before setting off.
Adventure Northumberland is an AALA Registered provider of Activities and is fully insured to provide such activities.
This is a 2 day course near Rothbury, to find a list of available dates, please click on the availability tab below. If there is not a suitable date and there are 4 or more of you, please contact us and we can set a session up. The calendar shows the dates over which the course runs.