Silver NNAS Map and Compass Course


The Silver NNAS level course develops the skills you have picked up on a bronze course, introducing you to more complex compass navigation in more difficult terrain.



The Silver NNAS level course develops the skills you’ve picked up on a bronze course, introducing you to more complex compass navigation in more difficult terrain. We follow the syllabus of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), a structured way to learn navigation skills. The weekend is ideal for anyone who has attended the bronze weekend or wishes to improve on their exisiting map and compass skills.

Friday Evening – This first session will quickly re-introduce some of the essential elements of the bronze weekend, bring people up to speed with compass work and then head outside for a night navigation exercise.

Saturday – We will spend all day outside, in small groups, on a series of practical exercises designed to get you using your compass properly. Point to point navigation, aiming off, use of ground features and other skills will be introduced in a structured way throughout the day. The plan is to come off the hill as darkness is gathering to give you some practical experience of navigating in falling light.

Saturday Evening – After a short feedback session, you will be introduced to tomorrow’s exercise.

Sunday – Another practical day spent walking the route you planned last night. Did the route work, how could it be improved?

Silver NNAS Award – The learning outcomes: (additional to those of the Bronze Award)

  • Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into ‘coarse’ and ‘fine’ navigation and to use clear features en route to check that they are ‘on course’.
  • Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’, ‘collecting features’, simplifying navigation, and apply them in varying terrain.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the navigation physical and factors affecting route choice.
  • Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies.
  • Employ simple relocation strategies when lost.
  • Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather condition. Knowledge of basic first aid is also expected.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of basic environmental factors in mixing ‘man with nature’ (e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it), and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry and conservation.

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