National Navigation Award Scheme – Bronze Award



The NNAS Bronze award training and assessment course is designed to give people the skills to navigate in the countryside using paths, tracks and other linear features, basic map interpretation and compass work. The course is perfect for D of E supervisors, D of E Bronze award candidates, photographers, cyclists or anyone who works in lowland countryside. The course is run over two days, day one is mainly classroom based were the theory of navigation is learnt, this is followed by on day two the pratical application of this theory spending the whole day outside doing practical trainig. The course assessment takes place on the afternoon of day two when you will demonstrate the practical navigation skills you have learnt. The practical assessment will be reinforced by questions on the basic skills of navigation, route planning, selection and safety. This will be carried out both orally and/or utilising a short multiple choice test.


Course Content

  • Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan
  • Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps
  • Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map
  • Orientate the map with and without a compass
  • Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel
  • Choose simple navigation strategies and routes
  • Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises
  • Estimate distance on both map and ground
  • Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation
  • Plan a safe, suitable walk
  • Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails
  • Understand access rights and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of The Countryside Code and of the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency



  • Sturdy waterproofed boots
  • A waterproof  jacket and trousers
  • Warm gloves and a hat (required on all courses)
  • An extra warm layer
  • Drinking bottle
  • Packed lunch and additional snacks
  • Daysack
  • Compass (we recommend the Silva Expedition Type 4)
  • Personal medication


30th Sep - 01st Oct 2017


Venue Information

Canterbury & North Downs (Kent)


Price: £110.00

For more information please contact us.



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