About the NNAS, National Navigation Awards Scheme, Course Location & kit you will need.
Brief History of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)
The scheme was launched in 1994 at the Royal Institute of Navigation in London, and since then over 35,000 people of all ages have gained an award.
The NNAS scheme was devised by Peter Palmer as a non-competitive, personal performance scheme for all ages, to encourage people to be confident in their navigation in the countryside. NNAS courses do not provide leadership qualifications.
The scheme continues to be a great success, and with over 500 registered providers of courses many people of all ages have benefited from the skills learnt on an NNAS course.
NNAS is a nationally recognised, structured and certificated navigation awards scheme for all ages.
It’s great for those who are totally new to the use of a map and compass as well as those who are already fairly competent.
The courses are also ideal for teachers and youth group leaders who may be assisting with the supervision of groups in a lowland hill or mountain area as well as those who are thinking of working towards the Mountain Leader Awards.
Also companies like HF Holidays and Exodus like their assistant leaders to have Gold Level certification as a pre-requesit for working with them.
On completing each level of the awards scheme you will receive a certificate and badge.
If you already have some experience of navigation and feel you are at Bronze or Silver Level standard then it may be possible to go straight to Silver or Gold Level, simply contact us to provide details of your experience.
The Gold level course has a 2 day training module with a separate 1 day assessment. There must be a period of consolidation between training and assessment in order for you to practice and perfect your navigation techniques. Gold level navigation is at a level similar to the standards for Mountain Leader.
All courses are priced as non-residential.
The courses initially meet in Capel Curig in the Ogwen Valley area of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.
Maximum course ratios are set by NNAS: Bronze 8:1, Silver 6:1, Gold Training 4:1 and Gold Assessment 4:1
What kit do I need?
You will need clothing and footwear suitable for the weather that can be encountered in hills and mountains at the time of your course.
You should also have a packed lunch and drinks in addition to your normal hill kit.
During the course we use map number OL 17 Snowdonia in 1:25,000 scale, you should also have a working compass and we highly recommend the Siva Type 4.54 as the industry standard compass.
A pen, pencil and note book may be useful.