Where can you learn orienteering?

Where can you learn orienteering?

Orienteering clubs, which put on meets and provide training, are your best place to start. For a state-by-state list of clubs, visit the website of the national organization: Orienteering USA, which also has several articles to help newcomers learn about the sport.

What are the four basic orienteering skills?


  • NOTE: The content here is for those who are ready to build their skills and are seeking guidance. You do not need to know any of this in order to show up at and enjoy an orienteering event!
  • Basic Skills. Orienting the Map.
  • Basic Skills.
  • Thumbing the Map.
  • Line Features.
  • Catching Features.
  • Reading the Map.
  • Contours.

How do I make a simple orienteering course?

Set up a 100-foot course near your meeting place. As Scouts arrive, have them walk the course and calculate their pace (how far they travel every two steps). Draw a large chalk circle on the parking lot. Place an index card marked “North” at the northernmost point.

Is orienteering easy?

Orienteering maps can seem complicated to beginners, but don’t be put off.

How long is an orienteering course?

Courses are graded by a colour indicating the increase in technical and physical difficulty. ‘White’, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Orange’ courses are designed for complete beginners. These courses are usually short (up to 2.5K in length) with checkpoints (orange and white flags) on paths or visible from the path.

What are the disadvantages of orienteering?

Common injuries with orienteering

  • running injuries – such as shin splints, strains, sprains and blisters.
  • overuse injuries – although orienteers run on soil rather than concrete or bitumen, they may still be vulnerable to overuse injuries.
  • impact injuries – from falling on steep, rocky, slippery or loose terrain.

What are the risks of orienteering?

What should I do before orienteering?

Consider getting basic first aid training. You may be the first person to make contact with an injured orienteer. In case of an overdue person, the organizers will initiate a search. You can help by listening to and following the direction of the organizers.

How do I prepare for orienteering?

Top 10 Tips When Starting Out In Orienteering

  1. Get tips from the orienteering experts.
  2. Attend an orienteering training day or weekend.
  3. Practice your orienteering navigation.
  4. Ignore other orienteering competitors.
  5. Relocation training.
  6. Train properly for orienteering.
  7. Plan your orienteering race.
  8. Nutrition for orienteers.

Do you need a compass for orienteering?

Compass. A compass is the main gadget (after map), that you need for orienteering. It’s important for a correct navigation. Some people participate in orienteering events without a compass, but likelihood of going in the wrong direction is high, especially for the beginner, who does not have a good map reading skills.

What are the six types of orienteering course?

There are: relays, night orienteering, cross-country ski orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, horseback orienteering, handicap orienteering (Trail O), long-course, short-course, and sprint orienteering.

What are the 10 benefits of orienteering?

The benefits of Orienteering are many:

  • Builds self-confidence.
  • Improves map reading.
  • Teaches a lifetime sport.
  • Provides mental challenges.
  • Provides physical challenges.

What are the health benefits of orienteering?

The sport of orienteering offers many benefits, but its foremost attraction is that it is fun!

  • 1 Time outdoors is great for us physiologically: For one it improves our Vitamin D levels.
  • 3 Increased cardiovascular capacity:
  • 4 Sharpens decision making skills:
  • 5 Balance between the physical and the mind:

What are the do’s and don’ts in orienteering?

Here are a few tips to make orienteering enjoyable for all: Stand Back: Move at least 5 meters away from check-points after you’ve punched. Doing so 1) allows other competitors easy access to punch, and 2) doesn’t give away the control location to other competitors. Seal the Lips: Do not shout to others in the woods.

What is a finger stick in orienteering?

Before the race o The SI ‘card’ or ‘finger-stick’ is held onto your finger by the elastic loop. Most people put it on either the index or middle finger of the hand which is not used to carry their map. Make sure it is on tight so that you don’t lose it, as it is worth $60 (replacement cost) if it is lost.

What are the important things to remember while orienteering?

Safety tips on the track

  • Keep in mind that the most direct route is often the hardest.
  • Wear a long-sleeved top and long trousers to reduce the risk of cuts and grazes, if you should fall.
  • Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to all exposed skin areas.
  • Wear a watch to keep track of time.
  • Keep your map inside a waterproof bag.

Why is orienteering not an Olympic sport?

In the 1980’s we were told that the IOC was saying Orienteering lacked the required number of member countries on the required number of continents to be considered. Orienteering has long since passed those modest threshholds but it seems no closer to being on any Olympic program.

What are 2 types of orienteering?

Cycle orienteering for adults is divided into two main categories: Mountain Bike Orienteering Score (MBO Score) and Multi-Terrain Bike Orienteering (MTBO). In MBO Score, riders use an OS map marked with controls.

Can orienteering increase self esteem?

Another important outcome of orienteering is increased confidence. You may be timid but would like to build your confidence and become better at a sport than anyone around you, or perhaps you simply wish to be more comfortable in the outdoors.

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