The aim of the National Navigation Award Scheme is to give lovers of the outdoors, whatever their sport, age or fitness level, the freedom to explore the trails and paths of the UK countryside with confidence. There are three main awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold. Progression through the awards will take you to being a navigation guru!
Live4Adventure is proud to be able to train and assess the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and all equipment can be provided, but if you have your own feel free to bring it along. Live4Adventure Director and Lead Instructor Chris Higgins holds the MIC - the highest level of UK mountaineering qualification and has been an active member of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team for over twenty years - his experience and knowledge in navigation are second to none.
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. It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts, guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills. We run navigation courses in a very 'outdoorsy' way and give everyone the maximum amount of time to apply their skills practically and help learning through experience.
This two day course teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.
For a full syllabus of the Bronze Award click here to go to the site:
Price: £130 per person Location: Lake District Ratios: 1:8
If you have a bit of experience or are progressing from a beginner course, this is the next step. The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level and adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work that is essential when visability is poor and will also teach you to select the most suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.
This two day course is intended for experienced walkers looking to gain confidence in navigating in more remote areas where route finding may present greater challenges. Things become a bit more technical, but the pace is such that everyone can learn in their own time and nothing need be too daunting - "Aiming Off", "Back Bearing" and "Pacing" soon become terms you'll be familiar with and confident in using.
For a full syllabus of the Silver Award click here to go to the site:
Price: £130 per person Location: Lake District Ratios: 1:6
The Gold National Navigation Award builds on the skills acquired at the Bronze and Silver levels and adds techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features both large and small. The Gold National Navigation Award is delivered as a two day course with separate pre and post course papers to be completed at home Your course will be run by tutors who not only have plenty of top level navigation experience but also have been on a special NNAS course in tutoring Gold courses.
The course is an intensive two days designed to develop your navigation skills and cover the syllabus, which also includes knowledge of environmental issues and basic digital mapping/navigation techniques. You will be given feedback throughout, however, you will be required to operate at the highest standards in order to pass this prestigious award.
For a full syllabus of the Gold Award click here to go to the site:
Price: £160 per person Location: Lake District Ratios: 1:4
The National Navigation Award SchemeScheme is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside. The Scheme is supported by outdoor organisations for its sound training system for teaching the skills of land based navigation, and enabling participants to gain the confidence and skills to plan and safely execute their own journeys into the countryside.
The NNAS is recognised by;
SportsLeader UK British Orienteering The Royal Institute of Navigation Mountain Training UK Ramblers UK
Air Cadets Plas y Brenin Glenmore Lodge