Introductory level orienteering
Dates for Spring 2020 courses are tentatively:
Bilberry Creek, Queenswood Heights, Orleans Tuesday April 21
Richcraft Centre, Kanata , Wednesday April 22
Registration for these will open mid-March
Our Introduction to Orienteering Clinics are a great way to start off on your orienteering adventures. We hold one or more such one evening clinics at the beginning of each spring and fall season - late April and early September. French instruction can be available on request.
These 90 minute sessions will teach you the basics of reading an orienteering map and relating it to the land about you. You will be given a short introduction to the sport and then take a walk with map and instructor to learn what all of those map symbols mean and how to interpret them on the go. It would be a good idea to look through the legend on our maps page before the clinic. Wear clothing suitable for the weather, walking or jogging, with shoes or hiking boots that can take some mud and water.
There is no cost for club members and a minimal charge of $5 for non-club members ($3 for juniors, $10 max for families). Not a member? If you decide this is a sport for you and you join that evening following the clinic, we will deduct the clinic charge from membership dues. See our membership information here and bring along cash or cheque in case you do decide to join us.
Enthused about orienteering after taking one of these clinics or do you want a more thorough program from the start? Consider enrolling in a Basics and Beyond program on Tuesday evenings to expand your skills. This is a more in depth course which will give you a set of skills to find your way in the woods off trail and gain that comfort level much more quickly. (Note: this program starts early to mid April so you may want to have a look at it first.)
Following the Basics and Beyond is the Intermediate Level program where more advanced skills, practice and individual coaching will get you into the woods with confidence.
Unable to get free for any of the above? We also offer a free Mini Introduction to Orienteering session at our regular Sunday events from 10:30 to 10:45 for those who are new to the sport or need a quick refresher. No pre-registration is needed but we ask that you come early enough to complete your event registration and have your map available for the 10:30 start. Look for the signs to the meeting location or ask the ambassador for help. The instructor will cover the event type, general procedures (SI stick, Clear and Check, finish process etc), safety information and basic map reading/navigation pointers.
And also, for the speed and efficiency side, join our running group with coach Francis Kawam, certified track running coach.