Skills and Development
National Navigation Awards
The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.
It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills. NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.
The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.
Single Pitch Award (SPA)
This award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags.
Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Single Pitch Award has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.
Water Skills Academy (WSA)
Stand Up Paddle boarding Skills Scheme
Each scheme is designed for you to gain knowledge and the understanding to paddle to your chosen environment.
With a range of kayaking and canoeing activities to suit all ages and abilities as well as a selection of different kayaks to fit all sizes all led by our BCU Qualified staff
Hill & Mountain Skills
The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are nationally accredited and developed by Mountain Training. The courses are widely available through our network of course Providers. The courses are delivered by our approved course Tutors, who are all experienced Mountain Training award holders and work on behalf of the course Provider.