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Gold National Navigation Award Assessment

Skills for the Hills: Gold National Navigation Award Assessment

This NNAS level represents supreme navigational achievement, and both the competence and assessment criteria which follow, reflect its demands. This standard is equivalent to that required by Hill & Moorland Leaders and Mountain Leaders. Successful candidates gain a certificate and badge.

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Candidates should have already completed the Gold NNAS Training component before undertaking this course.

After a short period of revision, competence has to be demonstrated in the following areas:

  • Confidence in the use of the skills detailed in Bronze level and Silver level in open countryside or on hillside as well as in forests and mountain environments.
  • Demonstrate the use of contours, to identify land forms (e.g. hilltops, valleys, spurs, re-entrants and knolls) and utilise them as the prime method of navigation.
  • Demonstrate use of ridges and valleys as reliable handrails and the size and relationship of contour features, (e.g. a series of knolls) and use them for micro navigation to specific locations.
  • Demonstrate the use of distance judgment, compass skills and continuous contact (by frequent checking) in complicated areas. This involves the use of both map to ground and ground to map techniques, the selection of appropriate techniques for each situation, and the integration of these into a navigation strategy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan a safe walk or route in open country in line with set criteria of duration, difficulty and objectives.
  • Demonstrate some methods of relocation.
  • Demonstrate strategies for maintaining direction in poor visibility.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the special physical and navigation demands posed by hill and moorland terrain, poor weather conditions, daylight hours and the effects of fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route. This includes awareness of the effects of heat and cold.
  • Application of good countryside practice and awareness as for Bronze level and Silver level.

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Course Information

Start time at C-N-Do office: 11:30

Finish time at C-N-Do office: 20:00

Assumes: Completed Gold level training

Course Duration: 1 day assessment

Covers: Full range of interpretative skills and compass techniques for complex navigation on any terrain, Environmental and First Aid awareness. Future personal development advice.

Ratio: 1:4

Group Size

Minimum number: 1

Maximum number per instructor: 4

Course Stages

Confident navigation at elementary and intermediate level

Have attended a Gold NNAS training course

Have consolidated all the above with lots of practice.

Attend NNAS Gold assessment course

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At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 3-Grade 4
  • Price: From £45
  • Instructional Days: 1 day
  • Group per instructor: 4
  • Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
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