Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme

National Navigation Award Scheme

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Bronze Award

The Bronze award is aimed at the novice hillwalker looking to gain confidence to safely lead themselves around the countryside.  Successful completion of the assessment will see candidates gain a nationally recognised award in navigation, accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4.

Syllabus

At the Bronze level, candidates will learn the skills necessary to plan their own walking routes over clear features.

Day One

  • Navigate using a variety of maps and scales.
  • Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.
  • Use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  • Relate prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.
  • Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be aware that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.
  • Use an orientated map to confirm direction of travel.
  • Use clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.
  • Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g.100m.

Day Two

  • Use 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.
  • Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Countryside Code.
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.