National Navigation Award Schemes

Learn to navigate with the Navigator Awards

What is NNAS?

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. NNAS courses are delivered throughout the country by over 300 approved providers, Climb Devon included.

The Navigator Awards

The aims of the National Navigation Award Scheme’s Navigator Award are simple – to give lovers of the outdoors, whatever their sport, age or fitness, the freedom to explore the paths, trails, hills and mountains of Britain and abroad.

Gaining an award does not give you a qualification to teach or lead. It is a recognition of the level of skill at which you can navigate.

Climb Devon deliver 2 levels – the Bronze Award and the Silver Award. Progressing through the awards will take you from being an absolute map and compass novice right through to be a more competent navigator at Silver.

You don’t, of course, have to start at Bronze, although it expected that you will have completed the Silver award at least before you start a Gold Award course.

N.B.  None of the NNAS awards are to be used as qualifications to lead groups.

Bronze Navigator Award

The Bronze Award covers the essential map reading skills. You'll learn about using “handrail features”, like paths and walls, to guide you along your way. You’ll also learn the basics of how to use a compass and how to use it with your map to ensure you don’t get lost. A bronze course will take you from relying on friends or guidebooks to being able to plan a walk and follow it successfully.

The Bronze Navigator award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

Silver Navigator Award

On a Silver Navigator Award course, you’ll start to leave the paths behind. You'll navigate in open country on short bearings. As your confidence increases you’ll learn more advanced compass skills and add timing and pacing into the mix too. 

Silver courses take place on more difficult terrain and away from easy-to-follow paths and trails.

How to book with Climb Devon

To book with Climb Devon you would first need to register for the award scheme - You can sign up in the top right corner. Alternatively, if you already have an account with Mountain Training then simply use your Mountain Training CMS log-in on the link above to activate your NNAS account. Climb Devon NNAS courses can then be booked through your account.

Our NNAS Courses are £135 per person for the Bronze Navigator Award, and £145 per person for the Silver Navigator Award - courses require a minimum of two people to run. If no courses are advertised then get in touch with us on and we will be more than happy to arrange a course for individuals or groups.