the 'How To Get Started' brochure. (Acrobat pdf file 117K).
What orienteers need
- Comfortable jogging or walking shoes
- Shorts or Long Trousers depending on area
- Plastic Whistle for Bush events
- Plastic Bag to protect map in wet weather
- Compass is not necessary for Street/Park events but is used by nearly all
competitors at Bush events. (Newcomers can hire a compass at Bush events)
First find your way to the event area by using the directions on the
page and the direction signs (if used). Please park as directed by the parking
attendant or in a suitable place that does not block access to residents or other
competitors and does not damage the environment.
Directions to events
Melway map references are given wherever possible.
Orienteering signs are placed at or just before road junctions. The first
one reached by people going to an event is usually at a junction with a major
road and subsequent signs are placed at intervals and locations where roads
fork or you need to turn off one road onto another road or track.
Arriving at the Event
What courses are available?
Additional "Event Details" are usually displayed near registration or a handout
sheet is provided showing course details and other information about the event.
If you have any queries ask at the registration table when or before registering.
Choosing a course
Choose a suitable course from the range available. Courses are graded and vary in distance from 2km to 18km:
Follow tracks and fences - all control sites are easily identified.
1.5 - 2 Km
Use tracks and fences and other easily recognised features. Major features
such as this are called "handrails".
2 - 3 Km
1 - 2
Allows travel on tracks - with control sites being located at large features
50-100 metres away from "handrails". Moderate courses encourage orienteers
to venture away from tracks and learn how to navigate using features in the
3 - 5 Km
2 - 3
Anything goes - controls will be placed in the bush in a way that offers
runners "route choice" - multiple ways of travelling from one control to the
next. In general, controls will be placed on (or behind) small features away
3.5 - 14 Km
5 - 6
If not sure which course is suitable for you, please ask an organiser.
Filling in control card
Fill out a registration card, near the registration table. Fill in all relevant
boxes. Car numbers recorded on Bush O control cards are used as a double check
that you are not still out on the course.
Bush O control cards have 3 sections: 1 for registration, 1 for the
start/finish area and result board, 1 for you to use out on the course. The
time you have taken to complete a course is calculated and written on the middle
stub which is placed on the results board after the punch marks on the card
have been checked.
Park/Street O cards have 2 sections : 1 for registration/start/finish
and 1 for you to use out on the course.
After filling in the registration card, proceed to the Registration area
and pay your fee, and either collect a map and a list of control descriptions,
or you will receive a pre-marked map at the start time.
At many events you will choose a start time from lists of available times -
if you do have to do this, allow plenty of time to get ready and go to the
toilet before your allocated start time. (Participants on each course set out at two minute intervals on Bush O events
to prevent people from following one another).
Proceed to the Start
The way to the Start location at Bush O events will be displayed and you
will need to have your map, control card, control descriptions, plastic whistle
and compass with you when you arrive at the Start area a few minutes before
your start time.
Enjoy the event
Don't be concerned about speed on your first event; concentrate on navigation
- be aware of where you are at all times - orienteers call it "staying in touch
with the map".
Every participant must return to the Finish even if they have not visited
every control. This is necessary for competitors safety and to prevent unnecessary
searches for competitors. Course closure times are set for events. If you are still out when Course
closure time approaches, please head back to the Finish area by the quickest
Control cards of finishers are checked against a master card to ensure that all
the correct controls have been visited. Results are displayed in the assembly
area. Results are also published on
this web site
and in " Orienteering Victoria" the VOA newsletter.