Date(s) - 16/03/2020 -- 17/03/2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Outdoor Activities

National Navigation Award Scheme

Running over 2 days in the beautiful South Lake District hills around Coniston, this course will equip you to safely enjoy hillwalking and a range of other outdoor activities without getting lost. (Mountain Rescue estimate that 80% of accidents in the hills are the result of a simple navigational error).
The course is fun and interactive, based entirely out of doors.
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.
Your entry onto the scheme is linked to the Mountain Training D-Log system, enabling you to use a single system to record NNAS and progression to Hill and Mountain Leadership Awards if you should so desire.
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 are also included.

  • 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

  • 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.

    Course format
    This course runs over two days. You must complete the full course and pass the assessment in order to achieve the Bronze NNAS Award. The assessment will normally take place on the afternoon of day 2. All training (and the assessment) will be delivered practically in the outdoors rather than in a classroom. This is a ‘hands-on’ real navigation course.
    What to bring
    Please make sure you have waterproof and warm clothing in case of bad weather. It can be windy so bring a waterproof even if rain is not forecasted. Wear walking boots with ankle support as we will be venturing off main paths onto rough ground. Maps and compasses will be provided, but if you have your own compass it will help you to bring it to get used to using your model. Packed lunch. Drinks bottle or flask (filled). Watch/timer preferably with a stopwatch function.
    Prerequisite experience
    Fitness level required
    Must be able to walk approx 10km including sections of rough countryside.
    Age limit
    no age limits
    £120 per person for 2-day programme including all training, assessment, and certification and one nights accommodation in Coniston in a self catered bunkhouse.
    To book please Email [email protected] and for details of how to pay.

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