Navigator Award - Bronze

Key facts


£100 per person

(Group rates available)

Course duration

Two days



Minimum age

Not specified


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NNAS Navigator Award - Bronze

The Navigator Award - Bronze is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether new to the outdoors or previously reliant 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 Navigator Award - Bronze is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.


The Navigator Award - Bronze is taught in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.


The full syllabus of the Navigator Award - Bronze includes:

  • navigating using a variety of maps and scales.

  • using 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.

  • orientating the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.

  • using linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.

  • relating prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.

  • orientating the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be aware that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.

  • using an orientated map to confirm the direction of travel.

  • using clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.

  • measuring horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g.100m.

  • planning and implementing simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.

  • recognising a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.

  • demonstrating an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Countryside Code.

  • demonstrating appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.