National Navigation Awards Scheme

Snowdonia Adventures are Gold Level Training & Assessment course and ‘Tutor Course’ providers in Snowdonia, North Wales.

NNAS is a nationally recognised, structured and certificated navigation awards scheme for all ages.
Its 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.

2018/19 Dates

Bronze Level £120pp 2 days
2018 October 6th – 7th
2018 November 17th – 18th
2018 December 1st- 2nd

April 6th – 7th
May 11th – 12th
June 8th – 9th
August 5th – 6th
September 7th – 8th, 21st – 22nd
October 5th – 6th
November 16th – 17th
December 7th- 8th

Silver Level £145pp 2 Days
2018 October 13th – 14th
2018 November 5th – 6th
2018 December 8th – 9th

April 6th – 7th
May 11th – 12th
June 18th – 19th
July 27th – 28th
August 12th – 13th
September 21st – 22nd
October 5th – 6th
November 9th – 10th
December 7th – 8th

Gold Training £185pp 2 Days
March 23rd – 24th
April 20th – 21st
May 18th – 19th
September 28th – 29th
October  12th – 13th
November 16th – 17th
December 7th – 8th

Gold Assessment £140pp 1 Day
2018 November 12th
2018 December 10th

March 30th
May 4th
September 28th
October 27th
November 9th
December 14th

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.

 

Course Ratios

Maximum course ratios are set by NNAS: Bronze 8:1, Silver 6:1, Gold Training 4:1 and Gold Assessment 4:1

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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.

What is the course content for each level?

Bronze NNAS Award, 2 days including assessment
On completion of this award, participants will be able to plan and follow simple walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.
Maximum course ratio 8:1

The Learning Outcomes

  • 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 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.

 

Silver NNAS Award, 2 days including assessment
On completion of this award participants will be able to plan and follow walks in the countryside away from paths and tracks.
Maximum course ratio 6:1

The learning outcomes: (additional to those of the Bronze Award)

  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation strategies.
  • Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
  • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
  • Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
  • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
  • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.

 

Gold NNAS Award, 2 day training course
On completion of this award participants will be able to plan and follow walks in the countryside away from paths and tracks.
Maximum course ratio 4:1

The learning outcomes: (additional to those of the Bronze and Silver Awards)

  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold Award navigation strategies.
  • Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.
  • Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
  • Use back bearings and transits to confirm current position.
  • Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
  • Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
  • Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
  • Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
  • Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
  • Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
  • Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.