The newest Air Cadets of 1220 (March) Squadron have started their navigation training and recently took part in their first practical training session to work towards gaining a Bronze Award of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).


The first part of the training took the form of classroom sessions learning about map reading. This included how to take care of maps as well as learning various map symbols and how to use grid references. Once these were mastered the final classroom session was to plan a short route and complete a route card.Having planned the route it was then time to put on their boots and put the theory into practise. The route took them on a circuit around the outskirts of March. Whilst walking they practised orientating their maps and were shown how to use a compass to set their maps.

Cadet Kathryn Cobb said “in the classroom it was making sense but when we stepped outside and put it into practise I was really confused. After a bit of practise I was eventually able to get it and I’m feeling a bit more confident now, I think I need to work on it before my assessment though.”