Organizer: Linda Hildebrandt (Organizer)

Map: Juan de Fuca


Always wanted to learn how to navigate with a map and compass? Interested in orienteering and looking for a way to get started in this fun recreational activity? Then this beginner training session is for you!

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 . Please arrive by 9:45 pm to register and receive your instruction package. Instruction will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

Location: We will meet at the north-east end of the parking lot by the Juan de Fuca Library at 1759 Island Hwy. Look for an orange and white flag to designate the meeting place.


This session is suited for those who would like to learn how to orienteer and who would like to learn basic skills in order to participate in club events. This 2 hr session will include:

  • An introduction to the sport of orienteering (equipment, rules, course categories etc)
  • How to interpret an orienteering map (colours, symbols, etc)
  • How to orient a map (with and without a compass)
  • How to identify objects in the terrain using an orienteering map
  • Basic navigation and route choice

This session will include several practical exercises to introduce new participants to map reading, navigation and simple route choice. It will include the opportunity to try out a beginner level orienteering event. Participants are encouraged to follow-up their training by attending a Victoria Orienteering Club event to practice their skills. Our next event is a B-Meet Event at the University of Victoria on 20 October. Note: all Victoria Orienteering Club events will provide some quick beginner instructions at the start of each event. Beginners, regardless of experience level, are always welcome at our events. This session is intended to provide you with a more thorough overview and practice session before participating in an organized club event in a fun and engaging skills training session. This session is aimed at adults and mature juniors.

What to Bring: Wear athletic clothing suited to the outdoors with some sturdy shoes for walking/running. Please dress for the weather as October can be unpredictable. Bring your own compass if you have one, however, we will focus mostly on map reading. Compasses will be provided if you don't have one.

Registration: IMPORTANT: Attendance at this training event is by pre-registration only! No drop-ins please. Participation may be limited to allow for a good instructor to student ratio. Please sign up here, and email Linda at in order to guarantee your spot. Those who already expressed interest in Orienteering Skills - Basic training will be contacted via email to confirm availability.

Cost: $15 per person (cash please)

Details: Participants must become members of the Victoria Orienteering Club for insurance purposes. Cost includes free membership for 2019 for all first time participants. All parts of this session will take place outside. Please dress for the outdoors and the prevailing weather.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the weather is particularly nasty, please check this webpage before heading out on Saturday morning to make sure this session will still go ahead.

Max Participation: 20 Persons. Please register early to avoid disappointment.


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