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NNAS Bronze

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.

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What the course is about

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a nationally recognised qualification delivered by Peak Confidence on behalf of NNAS.

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.

The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

What you will cover

  • 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 the 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.

  • Be aware of the use of mobile phone location apps as a back up to map and compass and in emergencies.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities, the Countryside Code and sustainability.

  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.

Course programme

Two days navigation training both in the classroom and out on the hills.

What to bring

·       Warm clothes – we will spend a lot of time moving slowly so more layers than you would expect

·       Sturdy walking boots with good grip

·       Waterproof jacket and trousers, with taped seams.

·       Lunch, snacks and a hot drink.

·       A compass – Silva type 4 with a good size base plate is ideal.

·       Ordnance Survey map of the area – OL4 1:25,000.

Dates

18th & 19th June

13th & 14th October