About the NNAS

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) was launched in 1994 at the Royal Institute of Navigation in London, and since then over 50,000 people of all ages have gained awards.

The scheme continues to be a great success, and with over 500 registered providers of courses. Thousands of people of all ages have benefited from the skills learnt on an NNAS course.

In 2009 NNAS became a Company Limited by Guarantee, number SC320350 and a Registered Charity, number SC039201.

In late 2015, The Bronze Award was accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

Supporters of the NNAS

The NNAS is sponsored by SUUNTO compasses and HARVEY MAPS.

The Scheme is supported by outdoor organisations for its sound training system for teaching the skills of land based navigation, and enabling participants to gain the confidence and skills to plan and safely execute their own journeys into the countryside.

The NNAS is recognised by

SportsLeader UK
British Orienteering,
The Royal Institute of Navigation
Mountain Training UK
Ramblers UK
Air Cadets
Plas y Brenin
Glenmore Lodge
Kingswood Educational Outdoor Centres -centres in France.

and many more

Peter Palmer, the inspiration behind the NNAS
Peter Palmer, the inspiration behind the NNAS

Peter Palmer, the inspiration behind the NNAS

Peter Palmer was the founder of the NNAS scheme and its first and only chairman until 2003, when he passed away at the end of October after a long illness.

Peter was a great visionary and philosopher. He was a teacher in Stafford for many years before working as the British Orienteering Federation Director of Coaching.  He had the ability to empower people young and old, and this was demonstrated in his vision to start a junior orienteering squad in the Stafford area many years ago, the youngsters from this later developing into world class competitors.

The NNAS scheme was devised by Peter as a non-competitive personal performance scheme for all ages, designed to encourage people to feel confident in their navigation in the countryside. NNAS courses do not provide leadership qualifications.

NNAS Administration

Jane Howie runs our office in Stirling.  She is your first port of call for any NNAS administrative matters and any questions you may have if you are a provider.  However if you are booked on a NNAS course run by one of our 500 Providers and you have a question about that course, then you should contact the provider as Jane won’t be able to answer any specific questions about it.

NNAS Management

The NNAS is run by a voluntary board who oversee the administration and development of the Scheme, organising and helping to deliver a range of workshops for providers, overseeing moderation of courses, improving the resources available for providers to deliver the scheme and helping individuals to find a course suitable for them.

The board currently comprises

Chair Minutes Secretary
Margaret Porter – CNDo Scotland Database / website / NNAS office
Treasurer Dorothy and Jane
Pam Hickin – Yorkshire Dales Guides
Committee members
Dave Thompson – Cumbria Ventures Sue Harvey MBE – Harvey Maps
Pete Hawkins – Silva Navigation School Chris Conley (Vice Chair)
Margaret Porter – CNDo Scotland Carol Emmons – Carolclimb
Keith Rugg – KR Consultancy James Woodhouse – Lathallan School
Pam Hickin – Yorkshire Dales Guides Marcus Irving – Mixenden OEC
Ben Arrowsmith – ACF  Ian Stewart – Stewart Mountain Skills
Nigel Williams – Glenmore Lodge