Learn to Navigate with the NNAS

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside. NNAS courses are delivered throughout the country by over 300 approved providers.

The NNAS and Covid-19

During the current Covid-19, the NNAS is operating with reduced admin capacity as you would expect.  We have advised our providers, who run our awards on our behalf, to follow the current National Guidelines and postpone or cancel their courses in the immediate future.

In the meantime we’re doing our best, behind the scenes, to ensure that the NNAS can emerge from this crisis, in as good a shape as we can, to continue to offer quality navigation training for all.

Current Situation re running NNAS accredited courses

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday 10th May about “easing” the lockdown, the NNAS Office has received various enquiries from Providers about running NNAS accredited courses.

The Board has reviewed the situation and in the light of concern from a range of professional bodies, Mountain Rescue Teams and National Park and other countryside organisations, have concluded that the NNAS cannot sanction any courses being run at the moment.

We cannot, of course, stop individuals from running courses, but any reference to NNAS accreditation must be removed from all publicity. Certificates will not be issued either.

We are aware that the situation is changing regularly. Please rest assured that the Board is constantly reviewing the situation and when we feel it’s possible to run NNAS courses safely we will let Providers know.

NNAS Board
13-5-2020

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