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National Navigation Award Schemes

Learn to navigate with the Navigator Awards

Bronze Navigator 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 cadet groups 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.

For a full syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award see below:


bronze Navigator 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 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.

  • 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.

How to book with Climb Devon

To book with Climb Devon you would first need to register for the award scheme - nnas.tahdah.me. You can register 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 £145 per person - if no courses are advertised then get in touch with us on info@climbdevon.com and we will be more than happy to arrange a course for individuals or groups.