Navigation Training

Why learn to navigate?

Having the ability to read a map in relation to what you see all around you, not only gives you the reassurance that you know where you are at any given time but also gives you the confidence to explore more ‘off the beaten track’ places.

You can walk a route many times but never fully appreciate what is all around you but when walking and reading a map, a whole new world opens up for you – tracks, boundaries, contours, symbols, types of terrain, distances …… it’s all there, it’s educational and it’s fun!

Our qualified National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) Tutors will guide you through our training programmes, below:

National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) – Bronze Award

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 and guides and cadet groups who are looking to develop their outdoor skills.

NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.

Silver National Navigation Award courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks.

National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) – Silver Award

The Outdoor Discovery Award or ODA is ideal for people of all ages who wish to learn basic navigation skills at a gentle rate, encouraging them to gain and improve personal confidence to get out and get active. The Awards has been developed to help group leaders introduce the basic elements of navigation to people who want to explore outside.

Previously known as Young Navigator Star Awards (YNSA), the revamped and updated ODA continues with the core ethos of the YNSA: Encouraging exploration and journeying in local areas using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps.

The ODA levels are aimed at all age groups and abilities.

There is a gradual learning progression via One Star, Two Star and Three Star levels, with certificates and badges available for achieving participants who have undertaken the ODA with a group leader who is registered with NNAS as an accredited ODA Course Provider.

Outdoor Discovery Awards

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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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