Beginners & new members

Useful documents, activities, hints and tips to improve your orienteering techniques and skills! Also, have a look at the ‘Improve your orienteering‘ courses we offer, for all abilities, which are very much tailored to you.

Hints and tips videos

A series of short orienteering hints and tips videos, made by Glenmore Lodge with Scottish Orienteering.

 

Beginners & new members

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Tips for beginners at events Ten tips for those new to orienteering80.20 KB DownloadPreview
A-Z Jargonbuster Covers all the quirks of orienteering language, club abbreviations, and fixture acronyms101.08 KB DownloadPreview
IOF control descriptions (Maprunner) A guide to all the control symbols and descriptions agreed by the International Orienteering Federation495.88 KB DownloadPreview
Explaining control descriptions An explanation of the information you find on control descriptions20.93 KB DownloadPreview
Control Descriptions Examples An example showing how to understand a more advanced control description.97.98 KB DownloadPreview
Characteristics of colour-coded courses How courses differ in length, technical difficulty, who they're suitable for, and expected finish times16.90 KB DownloadPreview
Types of Events How to understand if someone uses "Level A, B, C, D" to describe events, rather than "national, regional, local, activity"24.74 KB DownloadPreview
What to do at an event An outline of how events work, helping you know what to expect at your first event364.19 KB DownloadPreview
Tips to improve your orienteering For those who orienteer a fair bit and want to improve their skills135.22 KB DownloadPreview
Step system Outline of skills at each level of technical difficulty, useful for all participants and coaches69.16 KB DownloadPreview