NNAS Silver Award Course

Our Silver level National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) course run in Yorkshire develops the navigational skills acquired at Bronze level. It adds the skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from clearly defined linear features like tracks. It teaches you accurate compass work and how to select suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.  Silver NNAS courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks. (Ratio 1:6 max)

More advanced courses outside the NNAS scheme are also available for those who want to navigate in mountainous terrain in summer or winter conditions.

A student takes a bearing on a Silver NNAS course in the Yorkshire Dales.

Course Details

Who is the course for?

The NNAS Silver course is ideal for anyone who has already completed the Bronze award and wants to progress. However, completion of the Bronze Award is not mandatory and the Silver level will suit those with equivalent prior experience. The Silver level award represents the standard of navigation that is expected of those attending the Mountain Leader training course, and as such is an ideal preparation or refresher for those planning on doing this.

Where is it held?

We generally run our NNAS courses in the Yorkshire Dales.

How long is the course?

Courses are two days long, and contain an element of assessment.

What does the course cover?

This course follows the NNAS syllabus and learning progression, and is aimed at making you a competent navigator in open country where you have to leave tracks and other linear ‘handrail’ features, before regaining them again. This includes topics such as:

  • Taking and following accurate compass bearings
  • Measuring distances accurately on the map and on the ground
  • Interpreting contours to identify major landform features
  • Advanced navigational strategies
  • Advanced relocation strategies – what to do if you are lost

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; walking boots; and a rucksack of about 30 litres. Depending on your level of experience, you are likely to already own a compass.

We will provide maps and compasses.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.