NNAS Tutor Award

Hathersage, Peak District
1 day
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Course Overview

This NNAS course will provide a structured approach and progressions for teaching navigation. It will enable participants to better analyse and support their students through the learning process using a range of maps, environments, games and exercises indoors and outdoors.

Teaching navigation and map reading skills from map setting, pacing, timing, contours and interpreting ground shape to, a progression of compass skills, route choice strategies and relocation skills will all be covered.

By the end of the day you should have a useful toolbox of ideas and be able to create a structured programme of sessions which should help manage time and resources for those teaching young people for DofE etc. Hopefully it will offer some personal navigation coaching as well.

Course Location

Adventure Expertise (unit 10), Hathersage Park, Heather Lane, Hathersage, Derbyshire, Peak District, S32 1DP.

Course Dates

12th October

5th January 2020

Course Price

£75 per person

Course Dates & Booking

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    National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Tutor Award Course


    In 2016 the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) launched their Tutor Award, a one day course for those who teach navigation. It is a recognition that just because one can personally navigate it doesn’t follow that one can teach it!


    This NNAS course has refreshing and completely different approach to teaching the subject and uses some orienteering coaching as a basis for teaching navigation for the general walker, DofE groups, Scouts and Girl Guides etc.


    The day will provide a toolbox of progressions and ideas for teaching navigation from basic map setting through to teaching the compass. Many participants including well qualified and experienced outdoor instructors delivering Mountain Leadership courses have found the process valuable and their own navigation skills have benefited from the day.


    The course is a mixture of indoor and outdoor practical sessions and offers the opportunity for candidates to discuss their own methodology as well as learning new techniques from others. This is not a hill based course, we rarely walk more than 2km from our centre.


    Completion of the course will provide registration with NNAS as a tutor for the NNAS Bronze and Silver awards. Currently a further one day workshop is required to deliver the Gold award. Successful completion of the NNAS Tutor Award enables those without a higher hill or mountain walking qualification but with experience and interest in the outdoors to help teach on a Bronze award under the guidance of a registered NNAS Bronze provider.


    Over the next three years (from November 2016) all current award providers and their staff will have to attend this CPD-accredited course in order to continue to offer bronze-level NNAS courses.


    Using some coaching ideas from orienteering as well as traditional methods we will work through a series of skills which lead the student through a solid progression of learning from map setting to map reading, contours, and  starting to using a compass.

    By using maps with smaller scales (1:5,000 or 1:10,000) and breaking skills down into smaller parts with games or exercises we hope to be able to provide you with a tool box of ideas to liven up your teaching and enthuse the students.


    We will also take a quick look at how to make a small map of your local grounds / school so you can use the tool box without having to necessarily use transport to get to a more remote teaching environment. A surprising amount of the basics of good navigation can be taught outside even in an urban environment.


    This one day course starts at 10.00 and will finish around 16.00 – 16.30 with a review of the day.


    Outdoor clothing and a compass is all that is required, all the mapping will be supplied.


    For more information about the NNAS please visit –https://nnas.org.uk/

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