National Navigation Award Scheme map reading and how to use a compass course

Bronze, Silver and Gold level NNAS

National Navigation Award Scheme

Personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside.

bronze National Navigation Award Scheme group learn to use a map and compass

£149 per person Bronze & £155 per person Silver

All maps and compasses provided

Around 6 people on each course for quality tuition

Beginners will plan and navigate their own routes

Around 6 hours of tuition each day

Everyone WILL learn to use a map and compass

The National Navigation Award Scheme is for those that want nationally accredited recognition for their map reading prowess! Learn essential map reading skills, develop navigation confidence and strategies, progressing through the award scheme levels. A rewarding and fun way to learn how to use a map and compass.

Beginners start at the NNAS bronze to confidently navigate tracks and paths using a map and compass. Those looking to improve intermediate skills can start at NNAS silver to navigate more open countryside sometimes away from main tracks and paths, finer details map reading and further compass techniques. NNAS gold is for those who want to navigate UK hills and mountains using precise navigation strategies, precision map and compass skills and by utilising contour information.

Bronze and Silver training and assessment courses are around 12 hours in total (two day course for each level). Group sizes are only around 6 people and are taught a pleasant 'learning pace' for people to comfortably learn skills.

All map reading equipment is provided - Proper maps and quality compasses are provided for the course. You just need to bring food, drink and yourself!

Course joining details are sent a couple of weeks before the course start date. Most courses will start in the Martin/New Forest area with public transport friendly options throughout the year.

All weather fun - Bronze level courses takes place mostly on surfaced tracks in the New Forest and better paths and rights of way elsewhere. Some courses take place in the muddy 'season' so wear warm cloths, an extra layer and walking boots and come to enjoy the course at any time of the year.

Each course level is officially acknowledged by a National Navigation Award Scheme certificate. The NNAS scheme is highly regarded by many organisations as a quality assured standard.

The National Navigation Award Scheme silver can be delivered as a 3-day course for those that have not completed bronze. All NNAS levels can be delivred on a bespoke basis to small groups, couples and individuals. The NNAS bronze is a fantastic group or team learning adventure that can be tailored to suit YOU!

Read the syllabus for the Bronze, Silver and Gold level National Navigation Award Scheme

Testimonial

Highly recommended. I did the two-day Bronze navigation course in the New Forest and had an excellent time. The course was very useful - I learned a great deal and gained confidence in navigation and relating landscape features to the map - and also very enjoyable. Nigel is a patient, friendly and very knowledgeable instructor, and it was also just great fun to be out walking in the beautiful New Forest. I'd certainly recommend the course to anyone who wants to discover the fascinating world of map reading and navigation or to improve existing skills. I may well be back soon for the Silver course!

Gold NNAS - South Wales

21 & 22 September Reserve me

Gold National Navigation Award Scheme course in South Wales

  • Two day gold course - 21 & 22 September
  • Three day gold with an optional Friday 20th pre day

Friday pre-day is chance to brush up on skills, acclimatise to hills and mountains and take some lowland Silver skills to the open mountains.

You can pay a deposit to reserve this course

Silver NNAS - Brecon Beacons

7 & 8 September Reserve me

Silver National Navigation Award Scheme in the South Wales

  • 7 & 8 September - Silver level course
  • 6 September - PM - optional extra pre course session

This silver course runs alongside the hill and mountain course. You will learn how to start navigating on UK hills and mountains using silver level techniques.

You can pay a deposit to reserve a place on this course

Silver NNAS - New Forest

20 & 21 July Book me

Silver National Navigation Award Scheme in the North West New Forest Two day course Silver NNAS

  • 20 & 21 July - Silver level course

This silver course is held over the weekend. Ideally canidates will have completed the Bronze NNAS or equaivalent.

You can pay a deposit to reserve a place on this course

How to...

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How to book and pay

When you are ready to book

  • Check the course date has places remaining and where the start location is

  • Have a look on the course calendar to see if you need to pay in full or pay a deposit

  • Complete the booking form and pay using PayPal or request an invoice to pay via bank

  • Full course joining details are sent around two weeks before the start date

Frequently asked questions...

Yes. Everyone does and will learn to use a compass. I have many people who are apprehensive about using a compass and they all learn to use the compass and the map together. If I had a tenner for every person who said 'you will never teach me to use a compass!'

You will learn enough on the one day course to start planning and navigating your own routes using a map and compass. The two day course gives you a chance to learn a couple more compass techniques, use of contours and an extra day to gain confidence and practice techniques.

Following feedback from past participants I suggest considering the two day course if you can. Note You can always do the second day on another course weekend.

You will learn the same things on the two day course and the Bronze because the courses run alongside each other. On the Bronze you will be registered with the NNAS, undertake some question and answers as we go around and be informally assessed against a check list of syllabus skills and techniques. That's it - no formal testing or being put on the spot.

Absolutely. Everyone on the course will be starting right at the beginning of their map reading journey. The course has been set up with time for people to learn, ask questions and practice things before moving on. Everyone does learn and to use a map and compass!

How to book a Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme day two - assessment day

Only book the Bronze assessment if you have already completed the day one course

On the course booking form here

Start with 'What do you want to book today?' drop down list. Choose 'All group courses - Book and pay FULL price' from the first drop down list. From the next list that pops up 'Full Payment - Choose a course to pay in full' choose ' Bronze NNAS day two (2nd day/assessment only) £91 per person'

Enter the number of people taking part and complete the rest of the form

The National Navigation Award Scheme uses a system called 'JustGo' to manage bookings, candidates and to record who has an award. Each person taking part will need to enter their date of birth and a different/unique email address which will be used on the JustGo system.

Payment - you can choose to pay by invoice if you just want to reserve a place on a date a few months away - I will email you when the course date is confirmed.

How to book a Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme day two - assessment day

Only book the Bronze assessment if you have already completed the day one course

On the course booking form here

Start with 'What do you want to book today?' drop down list. Choose 'All group courses - Book and pay FULL price' from the first drop down list. From the next list that pops up 'Full Payment - Choose a course to pay in full' choose ' Bronze NNAS day two (2nd day/assessment only) £91 per person'

Enter the number of people taking part and complete the rest of the form

The National Navigation Award Scheme uses a system called 'JustGo' to manage bookings, candidates and to record who has an award. Each person taking part will need to enter their date of birth and a different/unique email address which will be used on the JustGo system.

Payment - you can choose to pay by invoice if you just want to reserve a place on a date a few months away - I will email you when the course date is confirmed.

Yes. Dress up warm, dry and bring extra layers. During the winter the courses take place on well surfaced New Forest tracks or areas of the countryside with good tracks and paths. When it is cooler we try and move a bit more but a full set of waterproofs, warm layers and a sense of adventure usually gets us through. Courses are usually only postponed due to weather warnings, that has happened in the past but quite infrequently.

You will need enough food and water for the day and you usual outdoor clothing for the season. Remember we are standing around looking at maps and learning for some of the time so wear and bring extra layers.

Have a look at the what to bring guidance' on the website here

It is best to leave the dog at home for most navigation courses. The pace of the course and the need to keep the dog on lead for much of it (livestock, protected heathland etc) means the dog will likely get restless and bored. You might also need to hands to use the map and compass.

Only a few of the forestry car parks in the New Forest have public toilets. Most of the countryside car parks do not have any toilet facilities. When out and about there are generally no public toilet facilities. If you require regal toilet facilities then get in touch and ask about arranging a bespoke course that could start at a location with facilities.

Course date changes, postponements and cancellations will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, and usually if the original course place is rebooked by another participant/s. If your request to postpone is within a few weeks or days of the course date then this may not be possible. Please note a limited number of replacement dates/s may/will be offered depending on course demand and may not be at the original course location. Refunds are not usually made but I always try and help people to swap dates or postpone if I can.

Apologies, this is due to the high number of last minute 'postponements' that I have been unable to fill.

You can read the full booking terms and conditions on the website here

Bronze NNAS

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Latest information

Check out the 'latest information' for details of the next few courses, places left and what you need to to do to reserve a place or book onto that courses date or use the course calendar to every date and options to filter by course name.

Go to the courses date calendar page to see every course date, places remaining and if you can pay in full or pay a deposit to secure a place.

If you need further information then use the contact form or securemail to find out more.

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Complete the course booking form when you are ready to book.

You can choose to pay now using PayPal to securely process a credit or debit card or request an invoice with further payment details.

On the course payment page you can also use the link to 'Stripe' payment service, a payment service that is an alternative to PayPal to process your card.

Latest National Navigation Award Scheme courses information

Next few courses you can book TODAY....

27 & 28 June Book me

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme - Central New Forest

Suitable for complete beginners that want to learn how to use a map and compass.

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29 & 30 June Book me

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme - Central New Forest

Suitable for complete beginners that want to learn how to use a map and compass.

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11 & 12 July Book me

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme - Central New Forest

Suitable for complete beginners that want to learn how to use a map and compass.

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13 & 14 July Book me

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme - South Downs

Suitable for complete beginners that want to learn how to use a map and compass.

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20 & 21 July Book Me

Silver National Navigation Award Scheme in the North West New Forest - Two day course Silver NNAS

This silver course is held over the weekend. Ideally canidates will have completed the Bronze NNAS or equaivalent.

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Latest information

National Navigation Award Scheme courses

Date and details - you can book most of these, now...Dates
One day map reading - central New Forest (can use public transport)27 June (midweek course)
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - New Forest27 & 28 June (midweek course)
One day map reading - New Forest 29 June
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - New Forest29 & 30 June
Midweek - One day map reading - central New Forest (can use public transport)11 July (Thursday
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - New Forest11 & 12 July (midweek course)
One day map reading - South Downs13 July
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - South Downs13 & 14 July
Silver NNAS - North West New Forest20 & 21 July
One day map reading - New Forest10 August
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - New Forest10 & 11 August

The New Forest is ideal for bronze and silver level National Navigation Award Scheme courses. The forest offers a massive variety and number of tracks, paths and forest rides; the more open heathland and fainter forest paths are excellent to try out and test map, compass and fine navigation techniques.

Bronze level NNAS Navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features, basic map interpretation and compass work is included. Read all the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze level learning outcomes  Silver level NNAS Navigation in the countryside using skills acquired at bronze level and adding skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks, accurate compass work is required and an ability to use appropriate navigational techniques to go across country in some cases. Read all the National Navigation Award Scheme Silver level learning outcomes  Gold level training NNAS Navigation in the countryside using skills of the first two levels, but adding techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features large and small. The Gold Award is delivered as separate Gold Award Training and Gold Award Assessment courses. Gold level courses take place on Dartmoor or South Wales. Read all the National Navigation Award Scheme Gold level learning outcomes

Gold course format and details The Gold NNAS course will be held over 2 days in Wales. The actual course length will be around 14 hours with a longer first day and shorter second day. Each day will involve up to 10-16km of walking on sometimes rough open moorland without tracks or paths. You won't need to be super fit or an already experienced mountain walker. A willingness to learn new skills in a fantastic and challenging environment is all you need! Each day will be spent on Welsh hills and mountains with the likely hood of experiencing mountain weather! Participants will need to suitably equip and prepared to learn in all conditions. Part of the course will be about coping with and navigating in a variety of weather conditions, but it might just be sunny! If you have some, but rusty map reading and compass experience then book the three day gold which has a pre course day session where you will be able to revise and refresh mountain techniques, contours etc. Read the Gold NNAS learning outcomes to get and idea of what you will learn.  Quality tuition with equipment included The course fee includes over 12-14 hours of quality tuition, informal assessment and ALL equipment required. Participants receive an official NNAS certificate at the end of the course after successfully completing the assessment. Gold level training course participants will get a personal improvement plan to ready themselves for gold level assessment that takes place at a later date.

Flexible course options NNAS courses can be taught over two separate days/week ends or midweek to couples, groups and on a one to one basis. Three day direct entry courses for Silver and Gold level can also be arranged.  NNAS accredited New Forest Navigation is accredited by the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) to train and asses Bronze and Silver awards and to provide Gold training and assesment.

New Forest Navigation - Map reading courses start locations

Day one (one day) map reading courses start usually from from Wilverley Plain car park, Anderwood car park, Standing Hat car parks in the New Forest. Day two map reading courses usually start from Fritham car park in the New Forest.

You can view and check directions to all map reading course start locations on the course locations and directions page here.

Wilverley Plain, Anderwood and Standing Hat car parks are very close to the new forest villages of Brockenhurst, Burley, Lyndhurst and not far from Lymington and Christchurch. Fritham can be reached easily from the A31/M271 junction at Cadnam and is also easily reached from villages in the New Forest. If you are coming from further a field they all very central and easily reached from Christchurch and Bournemouth to the south west, Salisbury and Wiltshire area to the north and from Hampshire, Surrey or London using the main road network. Do allow enough time to travel across the forest and download or check directions before you come!

New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from New Forest car parks that are all easily reached by car from New Forest villages and surrounding towns and main transport links and road network for those coming across Hampshire from London or South East or West England.

Wiltshire map reading courses start close to Marlborough using countryside car parks at Fyfield Downs, West Woods and Savernake Forest. Marlborough map reading course locations and information

One and two day map reading courses can also be arranged to start from the centre of Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst or Ashurst railway station, Burley village and locations to the west of the New Forest closer to Ringwood and Fordingbridge. A lift can be arranged if you arrive public transport or are using public transport to travel within the forest.

NNAS privacy policy and data sharing with NNAS (JustGo CMS)

Candidates who book on any National Navigation Award Scheme course are agreeing for personal data to be shared with the NNAS and entered onto the NNAS candidate management system 'JustGo CMS' (a candidate management system known as JUST GO as licences by NNAS from Azolve Limited).

Every NNAS candidate will need to agree to share an email address, date of birth, postal address so that a Just Go account can be set up for the purpose of registering them onto the award scheme.

Nigel Parrish (New Forest Navigation) manages and processes personal data in accordance with the 'General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office as 'Organisation name: Mr Nigel Parrish Reference: ZA791510' (renewed annually end of 09/202**)

You can read full the privacy notice for Nigel Parrish - t/a New Forest Navigation on the website here

You can read the NNAS full privacy policy on [NNAS website here](https://nnas.org.uk/privacy-policy

Testimonial

Just to let you know, I have received my Gold Nav cert and I would like to thank you for all your time, patience and training.I had a great time learning new skills on the number of course I took with you (wild camping, Silver and Gold Nav). They have proven to be a great asset and comfort when on the mountains in poor weather, darkness etc. It's great to have that insight and confidence with a map and compass. I would highly recommend your courses, your style of teaching is relaxed and fun, which makes for a good experience.

Navigation courses - Learn how to use a map and compass

New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from car parks and villages within the New Forest National Park. Courses also start in Cranbourne Chase, South Downs, Dorset, Wilstshire and Hampshire. The New Forest is located in south Hampshire, South East England. It is easily accessible from the surrounding counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, Sussex and London. No need to travel to Snowdnia or Peak District with the New Forest on your door step! Course start locations are reached easily from all New Forest villages and towns, which all have a huge range of accommodation options; Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Christchurch, Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Burley, Sway and further afield at Bournemouth, Southampton and Salisbury.

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