Organizer: Linda Hildebrandt (Event Director)

Map: Juan de Fuca


Interested in learning how to navigate with a map and compass? Would you like to learn about the sport of orienteering and give it a try? Then this beginner training session is for you!

Time: 1:00 - 330 pm. Please arrive by 12:45 to register and receive your instruction package. Instruction will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

Location: Juan de Fuca / Westshore Recreation Centre - Meet in the small park on the North Side of the Greater Victoria Library - Juan de Fuca Branch at 1759 Island Hwy, Victoria. Look for an orange and white flag near the parking lot to guide you to the meet location.

This training session is suited for those new to orienteering that would like to learn basic skills in order to participate in club events. This 2.5 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
  • How to visualize and identify object in the terrain using an orienteering map
  • Basic route choice strategy

This session will include several practical exercises to introduce new participants to map reading, navigation and simple route choice. It will also 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 new skills. 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 early March 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 2020 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 Sunday to make sure this session will still go ahead.

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


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