Gold Award Syllabus

National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) – Gold Award Syllabus

  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold National Navigation Award navigation strategies.

  • Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.

  • Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
  • Use back bearings and transits to confirm the current position.
  • Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
  • Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
  • Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
  • Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
  • Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
  • Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
  • Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.
  • Understand the implications of climate change on the outdoor environment and be knowledgeable in practical steps to mitigate its effect.
  • Understand the pros and cons of appropriate electronic navigation devices and describe/demonstrate their use in the context of Gold terrain.
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Just some of the written feedback provided following training .......

  • “Instructor was clear, patient and non-intimidating, putting you at ease”“Had so much fun whilst learning valuable key skills”
  • “A safe and well-organised course – good balance of practical aspects to develop skills. Good reinforcement on day 2”
  • “Balance of indoor work to outdoor practoce. This was key to enjoying ptactical work.
    Excellent!”
  • “Good pace of working and level of information provided”
  • “Excellent course, really enjoyed – excellent balance between theory and practice”

Testimonials

“The course built well on the foundations of the bronze award. The ttor took a period to
observe and assess the level of the group before focusing on the areas of learning that would
help us develop. The delivery of the learning was smooth and catered for different learning
styles, abilities and pace of learning. The excellent practical exercises strongly reinforced all
the prior theoretical learning and I feel I personally gained invaluable experience by working
under an experienced eye and receiving very relevant feedback on performance”

Just some of the written feedback provided following training .......

  • “Amazing experience, learned a lot”
  • “Jane had lots of patience with us and has an easy way of explaining things”
  • “I loved this course, I’m definately booking on the bronze navigation course”
  • “Pitched just right. Built confidence and skills with patience and humour”
  • “Having a relaxed time enabled the learning to embed better rather than being rushed.
    Enjoyed the course and feel much more confident”
  • “Good map work to find many different types for reference. Came away far more confident
    especially on compass use”

Testimonials

“Jane is a Navigation Ninja! I joined one of the Freedom Days Silver Navigation courses she
runs and was so impressed with the way she organised and ran it, from start to finish. From
the initial enquiry right through to the follow-up, Jane delivered on and above promise. Not
only an expert in her field, Jane is committed to enabling individuals develop their navigation
skills from where they are. Sensitive and supportive, Jane makes learning fun, while making
sure you develop the navigation and hill skills needed. Jane's resources are excellent and her
commitment to her own self-development is genuine. Her passion for navigation is inspiring”

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