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NNAS Tutor Award

For those wanting to learn to teach navigation

The National Navigation Award Scheme established the NNAS Tutor Award in order to ensure that anyone wanting to become a NNAS provider had been equipped with the necessary tools to teach navigation, and also to allow anybody with an interest in navigation to teach it in a sequential manner that is also fun and engaging.

It is essential to attend a Tutor Award if you want to deliver NNAS courses. However, if you just want to gain practical ideas about how to make the teaching of navigation both modern and fun then this will be a good course to attend.

NNAS Tutor Award

Where they are run:

The courses are run on the North Western tip of the North York Moors National Park around the iconic Roseberry Topping. There are good rail links to Great Ayton (the nearest town). Middlesbrough is 10 miles away and Darlington is 25 miles away. This is a magnificent part of the moors. A rugged terrain with views across Teesside, across to the Yorkshire and Durham Dales and the North Sea!

We meet at The Kings Head Inn, Newton Under Roseberry at 0900 at the start of a course. More details are sent out on booking. If you are travelling from afar, I'd recommend staying at the Inn for the course.

To see the location in Google Maps, please click here (opens in a new tab).

What it Involves:

This is a one-day course with a morning of indoor exercises before heading out to look at some outdoor exercises as well as walk round an established Bronze training route. This enables participants to see the where, what, how and why in context!

The course is therefore a mixture of indoor and outdoor practical sessions and offers the opportunity for participants to discuss their own methodology, experience as well as learning new techniques from others. The idea is to share ideas and get involved!

We can provide compasses (though it will be assumed you have your own) and we will provide maps for the day.

The NNAS Tutor Award is suitable for people 16yrs+ only.

Successful completion of the NNAS Tutor Award will also enable (after approval by NNAS) 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 Course Director.

They will be called “Bronze Tutors”. In this case, once the NNAS Tutor Award is completed, an application by email to the NNAS must be made and approved before that person assists on Bronze courses.

There is a maximum of 10 places on the course and a minimum of 2. This is to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect.


Fabian has a particular passion for teaching. He sat on the NNAS Board of Directors between 2017-2023 and regularly runs Bronze, Silver and Gold Navigator Awards. He also runs the "What makes a good Bronze and Silver Award" workshop for other NNAS providers (usually delivered at the AGM).

He also designs, develops and delivers multi-day practical courses on health innovation for universities and the NHS.


An interest in teaching navigation. We will cover all the details about which NGB is required for delivering NNAS courses as a provider, the difference between a course director and provider etc.

Please by all means come armed with questions but we hope to be able to answer all of these during the morning session.


Each non-residential course costs £99 per person for the day. You will need to provide your own accommodation (if needed), transport and travel insurance.

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