National Navigation Award Scheme
The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) 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.
National Navigation Award Schemes
The National Navigation Award Schemes can be broken down into three awards: the bronze, silver and the gold awards – below you will find a brief outline of each and then the syllabus for each below. All three awards are run over 2 days of training and assessment.
The Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience. It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students. 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.
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.
The Gold Navigator 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 National Navigation Award has also includes pre- and post-course question papers. These will be given to candidates when they book.
Below you will find as copied directly from the NNAS website the syllabus for each award – please use these to determine which award is right for you or your group.
This is the equivalent to Level 4 SCQF, 2 SCQF credit points and can be run on a ratio of 1:8 people.
- 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 the 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.
- Be aware of the use of mobile phone location apps as a back up to map and compass and in emergencies.
- Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities, the Countryside Code and sustainability.
- Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.