Basics and Beyond

COVID-19 Update

Updated 2020-08-28

Unfortunately, in order to focus on our core priorities of youth programming and events for club members we are not running our Basics and Beyond programming this fall. If you are interested in getting into orienteering you can purchase a membership for $20 and check out our events. Keep an eye on our website and/or sign up for our mailing list on the home page to learn more. 
If you have any questions at all please reach out. The best way to contact us is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but you can reply to this email, find us on social media (FacebookTwitterInstagram), or on our website as well. 
 

Our Basics & Beyond program is an 8 week program for adults that will teach you the basics of orienteering and then move beyond that to guide you through the first skills required to comfortably complete novice and intermediate level orienteering courses. This is a skills course - while there can be a large physical component to orienteering we do not touch on that aspect of orienteering. In other words, you may run, walk, hop, skip... at whichever speed you wish! Over the course of the eight weeks we will go over the following skills and more:

  • Basic map reading skills
  • Understanding a standard orienteering legend
  • Keeping your map oriented using terrain features and your compass
  • Route choice and navigation systems

Each evening will consist of a combination of instructions from your instructor, independent learning, and a chance to practice the new skill at hand.

Note that the program does not teach declination and similar skills not used in orienteering and does not put an emphasis on compass skills so this is not the program for those wanting to learn those kinds of skills. Teenagers who would prefer to learn in an adult environment are also welcome in this program.

Have kids that are looking for a new sport? Our Basics and Beyond program is offered at the same time as our youth programs so the whole family can learn orienteering at the same time!

Times and Locations

We offer our Basics and Beyond program twice a year, with a spring season and a fall season.
Each season runs for 8 weeks and visits two different venues for 4 weeks each.

For some of our locations, we offer sessions in several time slots. When you register, you can specify which time and location you are signing up for.

Spring 2020 (April - May)

Locations Times Dates Venue 1 Venue 2 Events and Competitions
Ottawa East Monday evenings, 6:30 April 6, 13**, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18**, 25 

Green's Creek south (from Tauvette St)*
(April  6 - 27)

Bilberry Creek (from l'École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois)*
(May 6 - 27)
Free family pass entry to Pinhey’s Point Family Day (details tbd).
Free family pass entry usable at any one of our regularly priced events.
Ottawa West Tuesday evenings, 5:00 OR 6:30 April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  Wesley Clover Parks Campground* (April 7 - 28)
Meet at the Kanata Nordic / lower campground parking lot just east of the top of the hill.
Bell Centennial Arena* (May 5 - May 26)
Meet at the trailhead at the end of the gravel parking lot on Bruin Ln.
Free family pass entry to Pinhey’s Point Family Day (details tbd).
Free family pass entry usable at any one of our regularly priced events.


Fall 2020 (September - October)

Unfortunately, in order to focus on our core priorities of youth programming and events for club members we are not running our Basics and Beyond programming this fall. If you are interested in getting into orienteering you can purchase a membership for $20 and check out our events. Keep an eye on our website and/or sign up for our mailing list on the home page to learn more. 
If you have any questions at all please reach out. The best way to contact us is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but you can reply to this email, find us on social media (FacebookTwitterInstagram), or on our website as well. 


*We are still confirming permits for these venues for the spring season.

** East end programs WILL run on Holiday Mondays. 

Info Sessions

Each season we offer a free info session for our youth programs 1 or 2 weeks prior to the start of our programs. These sessions are designed to provide information for our youth programs as well as our Basics and Beyond program.

For the 2020 spring season we have two info sessions organized:

Monday, March 30, 6:30-7:30pm in Orleans

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-7:30pm at Wesley Clover Parks

Coming Prepared

Please bring the following with you to the program each week:

Running shoes
A good pair of shoes that you can walk or run outdoors in for an hour.
Weather appropriate clothing for being in the woods
This is a rain or shine program so dress appropriately.
Water bottle
Having a water bottle with you or in the car for afterwards is always a good idea.
Whistle
A basic precaution for all Orienteering Ottawa events and programs.
Headlamp (fall only)
Your headlamp should be at least 120 lumens.

Coaching

The Basics and Beyond program is led by one or two experienced orienteering instructors depending on the size of the group. We aim for one instructor for 8-12 participants.

Each Basics and Beyond session is designed to have the following:

  • Lots of learning
  • A specific technical focus each week which builds on the skills taught earlier in the program
  • A chance to practice the skills being taught
  • A chance to discuss and compare how the exercise went afterwards

Weather and Safety Policies

All of our programs are rain or shine (or snow or wind…). Only in the event of dangerous conditions arising due to an electrical storm or other extreme weather will a program session be canceled, in which case we will send out an e-mail two hours prior to the start of the session.

There are a few risks to be aware of when playing and spending time wild areas in the outdoors. The major ones in the Ottawa area are ticks, poison ivy, and wild parsnip. We will teach about basic safety precautions in the first week of the program. It’s also a good idea to read through our safety page (page de sécurité et éthique).

To see the club’s full weather policy as well as our program behaviour and safety policies check out our policy manual.

Communication

All official communication for this program will be done via e-mail. We will be adding you to an e-mail list after you sign up. Please do not unsubscribe from this list as you will no longer receive important notification about the program. We clear the list at the end of each season before adding the next season’s participants to the list.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation when you register.

You can also expect to receive e-mails 3 weeks and 1 week before the start of the program with pre-season program information and details.

Note that program e-mails are sent from a mail list server and some email systems will sort our e-mails (at least at first) into junk or spam boxes - please check for these e-mails there if you don't get them when you expect to.

Registration Info

Unfortunately, in order to focus on our core priorities of youth programming and events for club members we are not running our Basics and Beyond programming this fall. If you are interested in getting into orienteering you can purchase a membership for $20 and check out our events. Keep an eye on our website and/or sign up for our mailing list on the home page to learn more. 

In case you are curious, here is the registration information for our normal Basics and Beyond program:

Cost: $130 per participant (includes a $6.40 online registration fee)

This cost includes:

  • 8 one hour program sessions over 8 weeks
  • An annual Orienteering membership ($20 value) which provides you with discounts on club events
  • Individual entry usable at any one of our Sunday morning Spring or Fall Series events ($9 value for members)

Additional notes:

  • All participants will need to agree to a standard waiver declaration at the first program evening.
  • If you are already a member of Orienteering Ottawa, a discount of $20 will be applied to your registration fee.

Any questions can be directed to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..