Navigation Courses/NNAS


 

Learn the Skills to Walk 

Safely in the Hills! 

 

Are you looking to improve your navigation skills? We are a course provider for The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Our NNAS Courses are carefully structured to offer you a progression though (NNAS) Bronze and (NNAS) Silver Awards. The scheme gives you the ideal opportunity to review your current navigational knowledge, and improve your skills and confidence to successfully navigate though Hill and Moorland terrain on your own.

We do provide courses outside the NNAS remit, so for those who don't need an accredited course you can book onto our 1 day introduction course or you can contact us to discuss which aspects of navigation you would like to learn or brush up on. 

We tailor our courses for groups and individual clients of all levels of experience, age and ability from, complete beginners those who are seasoned walkers or if you are looking at getting out walking and don't know where to start. Being able to navigate gives you a relaxed feeling to enjoy your journey in the outdoors.

First Steps to Navigation

Group Participant 

Location: Peak District

Price: £200 Per Day

Duration: 1 Day 

Ratio: 1:6 (Minimum of 2 participates to run a course) 

Our one day navigation course gives you the perfect opportunity to develop the skills to Navigate. This course is ideal for those wanting to learn some basic navigation skills or just want to refresh on some existing skills. We will introduce the fundamental skills of navigation around the beautiful Peak District. We aim to spend as must time in the hills as possible giving you the perfect opportunity to build your confidence, map reading techniques and some experience of using a compass. 

The course is ideal for those with no navigation experience or some knowledge of navigation. Our friendly instructors give you plenty of encouragement. By the end of the day you will leave us feeling more confident and gained more experience in Map Reading and use of a compass. 

 

Throughout the day you will cover:

  • Understanding maps 1;25 and 1;50.
  • Grid system, how to take a 6 figure grid reference.
  • The compass and its uses.
  • Right of way and assess.
  • Orienting the map without use of compass.
  • Map to land and land to map.
  • Strategies and techniques of navigation.
  • Planning routes and emergency process.

Equipment required:

If you have your own map and compass, please bring them along, however we do provide maps and compasses for you to use if needed.  

Please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers and some suitable footwear that will be suitable for Hill walking. bring a packed lunch and drinks for your day.

If you require any guidance please get in touch we are always happy to help with all your adventure needs.

Minimum Age:

If participates are 18 + they can participate our taster day independently. Any participates under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian.  

 

Please note this is a introduction course to navigation and will not class as a NNAS award. All NNAS courses need a minimum of 12 hours contact time.   

 


 

Beginner Navigation Course 

NNAS Bronze 

Group Participant 

Location: Peak District

Price: £110.00 Per Person 

Duration: 2  Days (Minimum of 12 hours contact time, additional time may be required for inexperienced candidates). 

Ratio: 1:6 (Minimum of 2 participates to run a course) 

Our Bronze NNAS beginner navigation course provides  the perfect introduction to the art of Navigation. This two day course is not only good fun, but gives you the basic knowledge to be confident walking paths around the Hill and moorland terrain.

We aim to spend as much time in the hills as possible, giving you a valuable experience, developing your skills and knowledge to successfully follow walking routes on your own. Your first day will be a similar content as our 1 day introduction to Navigation course. The second day gives you the opportunity to learn different skills,  and allows  you to practice techniques in Navigation.        

  

The Learning Outcomes 

On completion of the award participants will be able to plan and safety follow walks in the countryside, primarily on paths and tracks, through being able to:

  • Navigate using a variety of maps and scales 
  • Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major land forms
  • 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 maps
  • 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 judgement e.g. 100m
  • 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
  • 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 

It is usual to progress through the awards, starting at Bronze Award.  If you are regular hill walker who has some map knowledge or hold other navigation course or awards, then you may wish to attend NNAS Silver. Please contact us if you are unsure. We are happy to guide you in the right direction. 

 

Equipment required:

If you have your own map and compass, please bring them along, however we do provide maps and compasses for you to use if needed.  

Please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers and some suitable footwear that will be suitable for Hill walking. bring a packed lunch and drinks for your day.

If you require any guidance please get in touch we are always happy to help with all your adventure needs.

Minimum Age:

If participates are 18 + they can participate our taster day independently. Any participates under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

 

Successful completion of the course gives you the National Navigation Award Scheme NNAS Bronze certificate and Badge.

 


 

Intermediate Navigation Course

NNAS Silver 

Group Participant 

Location: Peak District

Price: £120.00 Per Person 

Duration: 2  Days (Minimum of 12 hours contact time, additional time may be required for inexperienced candidates).

Ratio: 1:6 (Minimum of 2 participates to run a course) 

Our intermediate navigation course will certainly boost your confidence in our 2 day course. Silver Award - navigation adds some extra skills from Bronze level, which requires you to navigate some distance from paths and tracks. This course gives you more of an experience using a compass and navigational techniques to go across country terrain, in some cases e.g. choosing an appropriate attack point.

 

The Learning Outcomes 

On completion of the Award participates will be able to safely plan and follow a route with some sections away from paths and tracks through being able to:

  • 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 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 on the 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 kit for walking in open country in all weather conditions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the countryside code, current access legislation and the environment impact of walkers on the countryside
  • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation 

 

Equipment required:

If you have your own map and compass, please bring them along, however we do provide maps and compasses for you to use if needed.  

Please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers and some suitable footwear that will be suitable for Hill walking. bring a packed lunch and drinks for your day.

If you require any guidance please get in touch we are always happy to help with all your adventure needs.

Minimum Age:

If participates are 18 + they can participate our taster day independently. Any participates under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

 

Successful completion of the course gives you the National Navigation Award Scheme NNAS Sliver certificate and Badge.

 


 

One-to-One 

Navigation Courses

Location: Peak District

NNAS Bronze or Silver 2 Days £200.00 

First steps to navigation 1 Day £130.00

We offer  One-to-One Navigation courses which provide the ideal opportunity for those looking for the full attention of the instructor, or would rather go at their own pace. You can either book onto our first steps 1 day navigation course, or our 2 day NNAS courses, to achieve Bronze or Silver awards.  

Please contact us to arrange a date and discuss your needs. 

Equipment required:

If you have your own map and compass, please bring them along, however we do provide maps and compasses for you to use if needed.  

Please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers and some suitable footwear that will be suitable for Hill walking. bring a packed lunch and drinks for your day.

If you require any guidance please get in touch we are always happy to help with all your adventure needs.

Minimum Age:

If participates are 18 + they can participate One-to-One courses independently. Any participates under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian.    

 

 


 

Young Navigator Star

Award (YNSA)

The young navigator star award is the part of the programme for younger participates. It is designed so it can be completed on or near school sites. It is open to young people of all levels of physical and mental ability including those with specific disabilities.  The aim is to encourage exploration and journeying using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps. There is a gradual learning progression via One Star (Bronze) Two Star (Sliver) and Three Star (Gold) levels. The awards fits easily into the National Curriculum for PE, Geography and Maths as well as taking map and compass skills into the world outside school. 

Successful completion of each star gives you the young navigator star award certificate and Badge.

 

BRONZE STAR

Starts in the classroom with map concept, symbols, scales and orientation. Children draw their own maps from a desk top landscape and follow routes on this and then move on to using a classroom map.

 

SLIVER STAR

Moves from classroom or gymnasium to school site and introduces the compass for orientation. Spatial awareness is developed by judging relationships between objects set out in a 'furniture forest'. 

 

GOLD STAR

Covers line navigation on the school site following fences, paths and walks. Children organise and plan simple activities on site or in a local park. Compass bearings and contour appreciation are introduced and developed. 

 

 

Please contact us by email or phone to price up your course. All our courses are tailored to meet the needs of your requirements.