The Bronze NNAS map and compass course is ideal for beginners or for those who have been walking for a while and keep getting lost! We follow the syllabus of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), a structured way to learn navigation skills.
What happens when
Friday Evening – This first session will introduce the basic skills of map and compass work. This will set course members up for tomorrow’s practical day outside. Areas we will cover will include map scales, map symbols, rights of way, footpaths and access land, understanding contours, grid references and the three norths.
Saturday – We will spend all day outside, in small groups, on a series of practical exercises designed to get you using your map properly. Areas that will be covered include map detail, timing, pacing, ticking off, setting maps, linear navigation etc.
Saturday Evening – We will spend the evening considering route planning including Naismith and the timing of walks before considering the compass; what to look for in a good compass, how to take bearings and how to follow them.
Sunday – Another practical day consolidating the skills learned yesterday. We will also spend time with the compass, taking bearings on the map and following them on the ground and simple point-to-point navigation.
Bronze NNAS Syllabus – The Learning Outcomes
On completion of the award participants will be able to
- Plan and safely follow walks in the countryside, primarily on paths and tracks, through being able to:
- 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 (eg. 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 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.