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NNAS Bronze Award

NNAS Bronze Award

Outdoorhire Bronze NNAS

If you’re new to navigation, whether you’ve been walking for a while and relying on guidebooks or other people, or you’re new to the outdoors, the Bronze National Navigation Award is for you.

You’ll learn from an experienced and qualified instructor who will guide you through the essentials of map reading in a focussed and structured way. You’ll gain confidence and by the end of your course, you’ll be able to plan suitable walks and navigate around them with confidence.

The skills you’ll learn will help you explore the thousands of miles of paths, tracks and trails across the UK and further afield

  • 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.

  • 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.

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