NNAS Gold Award

The Gold Navigation Award marks the pinnacle of your navigation skills. You will be happy and familiar with all the Bronze and Silver skills and now wanting to get even more out of your navigation. The Gold Award is all about reading the landscape and comparing it to the ground. You’ll use contour features to enable you to identify where you are on your walk and be able to navigate to small and subtle contour features.`

If you’re looking to complete a Walking or Mountain Skills course, then the skills learnt on a Gold Award course will be invaluable.

NNAS Awards are ideal for DofE supervisors, DofE Bronze award candidates, teachers and leaders who either do not hold national governing body awards, or are developing skills towards them (e.g. Lowland Leader, Mountain Leader), leisure walkers, photographers, horse riders, cyclists or anyone who works in lowland countryside.  Significant map reading experience is required to attend this course as is a degree of personal fitness. You will get the most from the course if you have already completed the NNAS Silver.  However this is not mandatory and we recognise previous relevant experience and training as precursors to this course. 

We are proud to have been running NNAS courses for the past eight years and are recognised as one of the region's leading providers.  We are also one of only a few providers in the UK who are able to provide the NNAS Gold training and assessment in one course.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the award, participants will be able to plan and confidently follow safe routes away from paths and tracks in any open countryside through being able to:

  • 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 current position
  • Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility
  • Use escape routes and know emergency procedures
  • Conduct route assessments in relation to changing conditions and circumstances
  • Quickly recognise navigational error and apply appropriate relocation techniques
  • Have an understanding of changing conditions and circumstances and how to manage them

Duration:  Training and assessment: two days.

Location: Various locations in the Lake District and Snowdonia  Booking is via the link below, at the bottom of the page.

What's included:

  • Use of maps and compass
  • Full instruction by a qualified International Mountain Leader
  • 15% discount from Cotswold Outdoor
  • Certificate on passing the award

For NNAS gold courses we work at a  maximum ratio of 1:4.

It is recommended that you contact us prior to enrolling on this course, so we can understand your level of navigation experience and ensure that this course is a suitable route for you.

If you are heading to the mountains to complete your NNAS Gold Award - why rush back? Perhaps spend an extra day or two exploring this stunning area and practicing those skills with your qualified instructor on our Mountain Adventure Walks.




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