Get Off the Trail: Intermediate Orienteering Technique

This coach-led training program will allow you to progress faster towards becoming a better orienteer. The training exercises are specifically crafted to target skills that are critical to getting off the trail and easily completing intermediate level courses. By the end of the program you should be ready to give those advanced courses a try.

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Orienteering Ottawa membership is required.

Program Details

Get Off the Trail starts on Thursday April 13th and runs for 8 weeks to Thursday June 2nd.

We meet on Thursdays at 6:30 at a different location each week at one of our mapped locations. (See the sidebar at the left or bottom of the page for the schedule and locations.)


The 2017 Spring curriculum includes:

  • Week 1 - Getting back into it
  • Week 2 - Getting off the trail
  • Week 3 - Using more features
  • Week 4 - Sprint orienteering
  • Week 5 - Sprint orienteering route choices
  • Week 6 - Compass technique
  • Week 7 - Reading contours
  • Week 8 - Putting it all together

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 Spring 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. 

Typical Thursday evening schedule

Time Activity
6:30 Meet for training session
6:30-7:00 Pre-exercise discussion
7:00-8:00 Physical training exercise
8:00-8:15 Post-exercise discussion and debrief
8:15 End of training session



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

Season pre-registration opens online Friday March 3rd.

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