Organizer: Linda Hildebrandt (Coach)

UPDATE 28 March 2016:  This session is now full!    Reminder only confirmed participants can attend this training session so we can provide sufficient resources (maps, compasses, etc).   NO LAST-MINUTE DROP-INS PLEASE.  

Meeting place:   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.

Start Time:   12:30 pm   Please arrive on time to complete your membership forms and receive your instruction package.  Instruction will begin at 1245 pm.

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


This session is suited for those new to the sport who would like to learn basic skills in order to participate in club events. This 2-3 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. Participants are encouraged to follow-up their training by attending a Victoria Orienteering club event. 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.

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.

Location:   At the north-east end of the parking lot by the Juan-de-Fuca Library 1759 Island Highway Victoria.  This is close by to the Westshore Recreation Center.  Please look for an orange and white flag identifying where to meet up.

Cost:  $10 per person

Details:   Participants must become members of the Victoria Orienteering Club for insurance purposes.  Cost includes free membership for 2016 for all first time participants.  All parts of this session will take place outside.  Please dress for the outdoors and the prevailing weather.  If the weather is particularly nasty, please check this webpage before heading out to make sure this session will still go ahead.  


Course Maps

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