Intermediate and Advanced Orienteering Technique

These coach-led training programs will allow you to progress faster towards becoming a better orienteer.  With a coach dedicated to each skill level (intermediate and advanced) of orienteer and level specific exercises, these programs will help you improve the orienteering skills you need to complete Orienteering Ottawa's races with more confidence and knowledge.

Both programs are run together on Thursday evenings through the fall. 

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Orienteering Ottawa membership is required.

Program Details

A control picking exercise on the March Highlands map from several seasons ago.

The Fall Intermediate and Advanced programs run 8 Thursday evenings from September 14th to Nov 2nd. Training sessions run from 6:30 to 8:00.

The training takes place outside on a different map each week and consists of hands-on exercises to target and strengthen specific aspects of the orienteering process.

This fall we will be dedicating time to three major topics so we can go into depth and really improve in these critical areas:

  1. Compass use - we have two sessions that will focus on compass bearings and one that emphasizes using the compass while performing detailed map reading. Each of these sessions has separate exercises that focus on different aspects of using the compass for the intermediate and advanced levels. 
  2. Map reading and planning your navigation - we have two sessions that will focus on looking at the map and picking out what features you will be looking for (what features can be your road signs) and one that session that combines more detailed map reading with using your compass. Each of theses sessions has separate exercises that focus on different aspects for the intermediate and advanced levels. 
  3. Sprint orienteering - Urban sprint orienteering is a fun variation on traditional forest orienteering with different rules and things you need to think about. The last three weeks of the fall program focus on urban orienteering. 

See the schedule in the sidebar for locations each week. Clicking on any of the events in the schedule will take you to a page with details about the session. 

Each week we will start with a group discussion led by the coach and then do a hands-on training exercise that focuses on a particular aspect of your orienteering technique. This exercise may consist of a single course or it may consist of several loops. For those looped exercises there will be a chance to talk to the coach in between so you can get feedback before heading into the woods again. We will end each session with a group discussion and debrief to talk about how the exercise went and what you can do to practice this element of your orienteering technique.

Additionally, program members are encouraged to discuss your Fall Series races and compare notes with each other and with the coach each week. Spring Series Events, though not formally part of the program, are an excellent opportunity to practice your new techniques and learn from each session in the woods. We hope to see you on Sunday mornings!

Times and Locations

On Thursdays the group meets at 6:30 at a different location each week in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. See the sidebar at the left or bottom of the page for the schedule and locations. 

A typical Thursday evening schedule:

Time Activity
6:30 Meet for training session
6:30-6:40 Explanation of the exercise
6:40-7:00 In depth coaching and discussion of techniques to complete exercise for those that want this
6:40/7:00-8:00 Physical training exercise
8:00-8:15 Optional post-exercise discussion and debrief


You can either pre-register for the season for $100 or choose to drop-in on a week by week basis.

Season pre-registration is now open.

The drop in fee is $15 per session, payable in cash or cheque on-location. If you plan on dropping please let us know by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday morning so we can make sure to have enough maps available.

Note: Orienteering Ottawa membership is required for all participants. You can sign up to become a member via the membership page