NNAS Bronze Award Navigation Course

The Bronze level National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a practical hands-on navigation course which we run on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It is aimed at people with little or no navigational experience, and is therefore ideal for young people and adults, especially anyone who has so far struggled with navigation. It is an excellent starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh Award students, scouts, guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills. (Ratio 1:8 max)

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

Course Details

Who is the course for?

NNAS Bronze navigation courses are for anyone and everyone, especially those who are nervous about navigation or find it confusing.

Where is it held?

We generally run our NNAS navigation 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 navigation course follows the NNAS syllabus and learning progression, and is aimed at making you a competent navigator on tracks and using other linear ‘handrail’ features. This includes topics such as:

  • Maps and scales
  • Orientating the map
  • Understanding your ‘journey’
  • Understanding contours
  • Measuring distances on the map and on the ground
  • Using the compass for general direction and rough bearings
  • Simple navigational strategies
  • Basic 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 might already own a compass.

We will provide maps and compasses.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What  does it cost?

The two-day navigation course costs £140 per person.